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Master of Arts in Student Ministry
and Master of Arts in Theological Studies Dual Degree Program
Chris Shirley, Ph.D., M.A. in Student Ministry Program Director
Jim Lemons, Ph.D., M.A. in Theological Studies Program Director
The Master of Arts in Student Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies dual degree program provides Christ-centered graduate level education in order to prepare servant leaders for Christian ministry with a focus toward student ministry leadership and theological studies. This dual degree program provides students Christ-centered graduate level education in order to prepare servant leaders for student ministry leadership and Christian ministry by providing 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
New Testament Survey
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 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.
CORE COURSES - 18 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 STUDENT MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 6 hours (excluding prerequisites)
M.A. IN STUDENT MINISTRY OPTIONS - 12 hours (excluding prerequisites)
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service component
M.A. IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Old Testament Theology
||New Testament Theology
|Select a M.A. in Theological Studies 12-hour concentratio nand complete the required courses.
|(Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan).
|Student must select different concentrations for each degree.
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
||Required Shared Curriculum
||M.A. in Student Ministry Required Curriculum
||M.A. in Student Ministry Concentration
||M.A. in Theological Studies Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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