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Master of Arts in Children's Ministry/Master of Arts in Discipleship
Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children's Ministry Program Director
Chris Shirley, Ph.D., M.A. in Discipleship Program Director
The dual degree, Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Discipleship, is a program designed to prepare leaders for church-related ministries in the field of religious education. Graduates from this dual degree program are equipped to demonstrate an understanding of the needs of children, explore the principles of best strategies in teaching and reaching children, and implement ministry that impacts not only the child, but the family. The program provides foundations in theological, educational, and practical programming for effective childhood ministry. This dual program also equips graduates to demonstrate general biblical and theological knowledge; develop, organize, conduct, and evaluate Discipleship ministry in various vocational assignments; and communicate and lead effectively in a variety of church settings.
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.
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
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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. Children's Ministry Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Early Childhood Ministry
||Ministry with Children
||Children and the Christian Faith+
|Select a M.A. in Children's Ministry 9-hour concentration and complete the required courses.
|(Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan.)
M.A. Discipleship Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Christian Education in the Local Church
||Biblical Strategies for Discipleship
||Principles for Bible Teaching
|Select a M.A. in Discipleship 9-hour track and complete the required courses.
(Tracks are listed on the single degree plan)
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
+ Prerequisite: MACH 6311, MACH 6312
||Required Shared Curriculum
||M.A. in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum
||M.A.in Discipleship Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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