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Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Dual Degree Program
David Smith, Ed.D., M.A. in Christian Ministry Program Director
Jim Lemons, Ph.D., M.A. in Theological Studies Acting Program Director
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies dual degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate level education that will prepare servant leaders for the practical and theological aspects of ministry in the 21st century. The M.A. in Christian Ministry will focus on the broad, interdisciplinary, and practical nature of ministry preparation, while the M.A. in Theological Studies will focus on the more biblical, theological, and historical aspects of ministry preparation.
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.
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 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.
15 hours Shared Required Coursesm
12 Required Courses
3 hours Shared Elective
12 hours M.A. in Christian Ministry Concentration
12 hours M.A. in Theological Studies Concentration
54 Hours TOTAL Dual Degree
SHARED REQUIRED COURSES (15 Hours)
REQUIRED COURSES (12 Hours)
||Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
||New Testament Literature and Interpretation
||Foundations of Christian Ministry
||Shepherding in the 21st Century
SHARED ELECTIVE (12 Hours)
Select one Graduate School of Ministry course with approval of Academic Advisor.
M.A. IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CONCENTRATION (12 Hours)
Select one of the concentrations from the M.A. in Christian Ministry degree and complete the required courses.
M.A. IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION (12 Hours)
Select one of the concentrations from the M.A. in Theological Studies degree and complete the required courses.
**The Ministry Practicum requirement is a zero credit course.
*** (S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
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