Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Degree Tracks

4+2 Track

The 4+2 track is for students who have already graduated with a bachelor’s degree.  On this track, the degree is designed to be completed in two years.  The following is a typical program of study for those on the 4+2 track:

First year:

  • Fall: 9 hours   
  • Winterfest: 3 hours    
  • Spring: 9 hours           
  • Summer: 3 hours

Second year:

  • Fall: 9 hours   
  • Winterfest: 3 hours    
  • Spring: 6 hours (including Ministry Project Capstone)


It is possible to begin the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program at the beginning of any semester or term. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with deadlines for application materials varying according to the semester/term in which you intend to begin the program.

Semester/Term to Begin Application Deadline Date by which you will be notified
Fall April 15 May 15
Winterfest September 15 October 15
Spring September 15 October 15
Summer February 15 March 15


4+1 Track (Early Acceptance Program)

Prospective and current undergraduate students at SBU may apply to the Early Acceptance Program (4+1 track), an accelerated program of study that enables students to graduate with both a B.A. degree and the M.A. degree in Christian ministry in five years total.  Students on the 4+1 track take up to twelve hours of concurrent enrollment courses, which count toward both bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements.

The following is a typical program of study for those on the 4+1 track:

Second semester junior undergraduate (80+ hours completed):

  • Spring: 3 hours (concurrent enrollment)

Senior undergraduate:

  • Fall: 3 - 6 hours (concurrent enrollment)      
  • Spring: 3 - 6 hours (concurrent enrollment)

First year graduate:

  • Summer: 3 hours
  • Fall: 9 - 12 hours        
  • Winterfest: 3 hours    
  • Spring: 9 - 12 hours
  • Summer: 3 hours (Ministry Project Capstone)


For those participating in SBU’s Scholars Day, applications to the Early Acceptance Program should be submitted at the same time as the Scholars Day application. For those not participating in Scholars Day, applications are due April 15. Notifications will be sent by March 15 for Scholars Day applicants and May 15 for April applications.

Current SBU undergraduates may apply to the 4+1 track at any time. The deadline for applications is April 15, with notifications being sent by May 15. Students who are not accepted to the 4+1 track are eligible to reapply the following year. To participate in concurrent enrollment courses, students must be admitted to the program (4+1 track) and have completed 80+ hours of coursework and all course prerequisites.

Category of Student Application Deadline Date by which you will be notified
High school students participating in Scholars Day Same as Scholars Day application March 1
High school students not participating in Scholars Day April 15 May 15
Current SBU students April 15 May 15


Cost and Financial Aid

Program Costs, 2020-21

Tuition (per credit hour) $240
Technology fee (per course) $40
New student registration fee (one-time) $100

Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive any aid for which you may qualify, including the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Student Loan. SBU's recommended deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 15. If you have questions, contact the SBU Office of Financial Aid at (417) 328-1822.  

Submit Your FAFSA

Scholarship Opportunity

The Frank and Maxine Meyers Pastoral Ministry Scholarship is established to support students preparing for the pastorate within the Southern Baptist denomination and within the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America. 

Application deadline is April 15. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by May 15.

Download Scholarship Application