Southwest Baptist University’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is an innovative degree that systematically integrates ministry and theology in a flexible program to help you achieve your goals. In contrast to other programs in which the curriculum is divided along the lines of theoretical and practical studies, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a practical theology degree, combining theological studies and ministerial studies in every course.
Building on a liberal arts education, the program provides broad, formative training that will equip you to approach ministry in new and creative ways and prepare you to be a more effective leader. Your critical thinking skills will be sharpened and honed as you learn to engage the culture and address emerging problems and issues. Choose from a variety of ministry courses with different emphases — including biblical studies, philosophy, and intercultural studies — to tailor the degree program to fit your personal interests and calling.
This is a program designed to help you realize your full potential for ministry, to equip you to serve and to be used by God in new ways to build up the church and to advance His Kingdom.
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There are two tracks for pursuing the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree: a 4+2 track and an accelerated 4+1 track. Click the link below to learn more about these options.
The M.A. in Christian Ministry is a non-thesis, 42-hour degree. Click the link below to learn more about prerequisites, CORE courses, electives, and other program requirements.
SBU's Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is incredibly affordable, with flexible payment options to help ensure that the master's degree program is within your reach.
Applicants who have already completed a bachelor's degree or anticipate completing one at an institution other than SBU should apply to the 4+2 track. You will be able to complete your Master of Arts in Christian Ministry in an average of two years.
Incoming and current SBU undergraduate students are eligible to apply to the Early Acceptance Program (4+1 track). The 4+1 track is for students who intend to take concurrent enrollment courses during their undergraduate studies at SBU in order to complete the bachelor's degree and the master of arts degree in Christian ministry in five years total.
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 the list of current course offerings to view classes currently available for Master of Arts in Christian Ministry students.
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a non-thesis, 42-hour degree. Students must complete four CORE courses (12 hours), nine electives (27 hours) and the Ministry Project Capstone (3 hours). The program of study will be designed by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor, informed by the student's ministry goals and the courses offered. A typical full-time student will enroll in nine to twelve credit hours per fall and spring semester, three credit hours per summer term, and three credit hours per Winterfest term.
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program requires that students have prior knowledge in certain areas of study before fully pursuing the M.A. Full admission to the program requires either (i) a major in biblical studies, theology, philosophy, ministry, intercultural studies, Christian studies, or religious studies, or (ii) 30+ hours of undergraduate coursework in these areas. The coursework completed in the aforementioned areas must include the following courses or some transfer equivalency:
In addition, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75, overall, and 3.00 within major (on a 4.00 scale) is required for full admission to the program.
Students who have not completed all of the academic program prerequisites and/or whose GPA is lower than that specified above may be conditionally admitted to the program. See the SBU Graduate Catalog for further details.
Students in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program are required to take four CORE courses, one from each of the following categories: Leadership, Theology, Community, and Service. For each category, students will choose between two courses that are eligible to fulfill the requirement.
Leadership: Leadership and the Old Testament or Preaching and Teaching the Bible
Theology: Christian Theological Traditions or Contemporary Christian Theologies
Community: Kingdom and Society or Church and Community
Service: Theology and Practice of the Local Church or Disciple-Making in Context
Students are required to take at least nine elective courses. The M.A. in Christian Ministry is designed to be a flexible program, allowing students to select courses that emphasize areas of study that are conducive to attaining the student's own vocational and ministry goals. Toward this end, each student will work closely with a faculty advisor in designing an appropriate schedule.
The following is a list of courses from which students will choose to fulfill the degree's elective course requirements:
The ministry capstone course and project serves as both an application and substantive assessment of what the student has learned in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program. It is comprised of an in-class component and an off-site component. The former is a team-taught course involving regular meetings throughout the semester in a classroom setting. The latter is a student-designed project, developed in consultation with the student's advisor, the Graduate Program Director, and an on-site supervisor at a church or parachurch organization where the ministry will take place.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|MIN 5103 or MIN 5113||Leadership and the Old Testament or Preaching and Teaching the Bible||3|
|MIN 5123 or MIN 5433||Christian Theological Traditions or Contemporary Christian Theologies||3|
|MIN 5143 or MIN 5153||Kingdom and Society or Church and Community||3|
|MIN 5163 or MIN 5173||Theology and Practice of the Local Church or Disciple-Making in Context||3|
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|MIN 5983||Ministry Project Capstone||3|