Master of Professional Studies


The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) is a two-year program designed to prepare leaders for church and kingdom ministry in any cultural context. In the development of specific ministry skills, we focus on spiritual formation, biblical and theological formation, and missional formation.

Why Study Professional Studies at ATS?

Studying at ATS is a transformational, multicultural experience. Our students come from over thirty different nations and fifty different denominations. There is power in such diversity, and it is one of the key elements that sets us apart from other seminaries. Your ATS education will intentionally integrate biblical and theological truth with sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines, thereby preparing you for effective, holistic ministry.

What Will I Study?

Students will learn and practice integration of the personal, theological, and practical components of holistic ministry. Some areas of study include:

  • Biblical studies and theology

  • Global theology

  • Intercultural studies

  • Integration of biblical truth and theology with cultural contextualization

  • Practical and empowered ministry skills

  • Spiritual formation

Career Opportunities

The MPS degree is designed to provide training for enhancing one’s ministry focus in the local church setting. You will be equipped to work in numerous contexts, including:

  • Associate church personnel (e.g., treasurer, teacher, counselor, service coordinator)

  • Christian educational ministries

  • Discipleship and spiritual formation support ministries

  • International ministries

Our Graduates

Our graduates have gone on to pastor local churches, lead national and international parachurch organizations, serve as pastoral counselors, and lead in a variety of international ministry and discipleship contexts.

Key Faculty

Louis Carlo

Director of Field Education
Phone: 5747
B.S. Nyack College; M.A, MPS, Alliance Theological Seminary

Dr. Louis DeCaro Jr.

Assistant Professor of Church History
Phone: 6174
B.A. Geneva College; M.A. Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. New York University; Ph.D. New York University

Dr. Jang Ki Lim

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries
Phone: 5762
B.S. Korea University; M.Div. Alliance Theological Seminary; D.Min. Fuller Seminary


Credits:  48
Standard Completion Time:  2 years
Specialized Accreditations:  Association of Theological Schools, NYSED (New York State Education Department), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Concentrations:  Chinese Ministries, Church Development, Counseling, Korean Ministries, Missions, Urban Ministries, Youth Ministry


“In addition to great content and information, the MPS program equipped me with tools for both my life and ministry. By graduation, I felt like I had the ability to apply the knowledge I had gained to my life and the lives of those whose paths would cross mine.” Joshua North, Class of 2015