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Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies Dual Degree Program
Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children's Ministry
Jim Lemons, Ph.D., M.A. in Theological Studies Acting Program Director
The Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies dual degree provides Christ-centered graduate level education in order to prepare servant leaders for Christian ministry with a focus toward childhood ministry leadership and theological studies. This program provides students broad foundational knowledge in biblical, historical, theological, and practical ministry studies. Students have opportunity to gain advanced understanding of the foundations of Christian faith as well as strong theological knowledge that leads to educating their minds and kindling their hearts in a manner that promotes a life of service for Christ’s kingdom.
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.
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for Admission into the 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.
||Shared Required Courses
| 21 hours
| 3 hours
| 3 hours
M.A. in Children's Ministry Controlled Elective
||M.A. in Theological Studies Concentration
||TOTAL Dual Degree
SHARED REQUIRED COURSES (15 Hours)
||Biblical Servant Leadership (take first year)
||Spiritual Formation and Worship
||Christian History and Heritage
||Ministry Practicum** (S-L)***
REQUIRED COURSES (21 Hours)
SHARED ELECTIVE (3 Hours)
Select one Graduate School of Ministry course with approval of Academic Advisor.
M.A. 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 THEOLOGICAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION
Select one of the concentrations for the M.A. in Theological Studies degree and complete the required courses. (See M.A. in Theological Studies Degree requirements).
**The Ministry Practicum requirement is a zero credit course.
***(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
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