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Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Dual Degree Program
Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children's Ministry Program Director
John Choi, Ph.D., M.A. in Christian Ministry Acting Program Director
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry dual degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate level education that will prepare servant leaders for specific age-related as well as general ministry-related service in the 21st century. The M.A. in Children's Ministry degree will offer students excellence in preparation for childhood ministry, while the M.A. in Christian Ministry degree will focus on the broad, interdisciplinary, and practical nature of ministry preparation.
In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Click for Church Membership form.
Old Testament Survey
or THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
New Testament Survey or THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
3000/4000 Level Religion Course or 5000/6000 Level Theology Course
Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution and do not count toward degree completion.
Required Shared Curriculum - 24 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Biblical Servant Leadership
||Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
||Christian History and Heritage
||Spiritual Formation and Worship
|Electives - Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.
M.A. in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Early Childhood Ministry
||Ministry with Children
||Children and the Christian Faith+
||Advanced Childhood Ministry (S-L)*
||Ministry to Families
|M.A. in Children's Ministry Controlled Elective - Select one of the following:
||Ministry to Children with Special Needs
||Ministry in Church Weekday Ministries
||Research: Faith Formation in Childhood (S-L)*++
M.A. in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Foundations of Christian Ministry
||Shepherding in the 21st Century
Select an M.A. in Christian Ministry 12-hour concentration and complete the required courses.
Students may choose any concentration in the M.A. in Christian Ministry degree, except the Chaplaincy Ministry Concentration.
(Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan)
*(S-L) = Course(s)with field-based service-learning component
+ Prerequisite: MACH 6311, MACH 6312
++Prerequisites: MACH 6311, MACH 6312, MACH 6351, MAFM 6353
||Required Shared Curriculum
||M.A. in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum
||M.A. in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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