Master of Arts in Ministry

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Master of Arts in Ministry

Ministry Overview

Be empowered to live as a courageous ambassador for Christ amidst a world of confusion and compromise.

The Master of Arts in Ministry will equip you with the practical skills you need for ministering in the 21st century. Students learn to engage the wider culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead relevant, effective church and non-profit ministries. The course of study includes a range of Bible, theology, and ministry leadership classes so graduates can feel confident in a well-rounded degree program that can be tailored to their own specific ministry context.

Grace Christian University intends that the information from this page complies with various state, federal, and accreditation requirements. 

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You will need the following to gain admission to Grace Christian University:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – You need a Bachelor’s Degree to apply for a Master’s Degree.
  • Completed Application – It is free to apply. Apply here >
  • Official Transcripts Submit transcripts from all prior colleges where the student received an undergraduate degree. Transcripts detailing graduate-level work can be submitted for transfer credit evaluation.

TUITION COST

Master’s Programs – $460/credit hour
View our 2022-23 Graduate Tuition Costs >

Military Personnel (active duty, veterans, spouses, dependents 23 or under) – $250/credit hour
View our 2022-23 Graduate Military Tuition Costs >

Other Graduate Program Fees
Technology Fee – $100 (per semester)
Graduation Fee – $150

COMMON CAREERS

Common Careers include:

  • Pastor
  • Missionaries
  • Para-church Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Small Business
  • Worship Leaders
  • Urban Ministry
  • Helping Professions
  • Camping Ministry
  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Church Planters

BENEFITS

Students in the Online Master’s programs will be able to:

  • Complete a Master’s degree in as few as 20 months
  • Attend class asynchronously online and minimize interference from work schedules and family responsibilities
  • Improve writing skills through our university Writing Center at our virtual Academic Center for Excellence.
  • Enhance virtual presentation and technology skills to maximize ministry effectiveness and/or leadership skills
  • Meet in a collaborative format and benefit from the varied experiences and ideas of classmates
  • Obtain a degree that opens a wide range of opportunities, including pursuing doctoral studies
  • Attend small virtual classes with the same students, developing teamwork skills and mutual support
  • Receive individualized instruction and specific attention
  • Gain satisfaction by fulfilling an educational goal

GEN 501M – Graduate Writing and Research

  1. Burns, J. S., Shoup, J. R., & Simmons Jr., D. C. (2014). Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians. InterVarsity Press. 978-0830840502
  2.  Neuman, J. W. (2016). A Professor’s Guide to Writing Essays: The No-Nonsense Plan for Better Writing (2nd ed.), Self-Published. 978-0692822524
  3. Williams, V. K. (2016). I’m Not a Writer…I’m Just in Graduate School: A Guide to Writing Critically, Clearly and Coherently. Chrysalis Consulting 978-1533392916

BIB 525 – Galatians & Romans

  1. Moo, D. J. (2014). Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey. (2nd ed.). Baker. 978-0801049668
  2. Long, P. J. (2019). Galatians: Freedom Through God’s grace. Wipf & Stock. 1532671202
  3. Barry, J.D., & Wentz, L. (Eds). (2016). The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Lexham. (Available through the Logos Bible software used in GEN 501.)

BIB 540 – Isaiah

  1. Beyer, B. E. (2007). Encountering the Book of Isaiah: A Historical and Theological Survey. Baker. 978-0801026454
  2. Davis, A. M. (2017). Exalting Jesus in Isaiah. In Platt, D., Akin, D. L., & Merida, T. (Eds.). Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary. B&H Publishing Group 978-0805497380

MIN 515 – Communicating for Transformation

  1. Collins, G. R. (2009). Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality (2nd Ed.). NavPress. 978-1600063619
  2. Koukl, G. (2009). Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Zondervan. 978-0310282921
  3. Schultze, Q. J., & Badzinski, D. M. (2015). An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication. Baker Academic. 978-0801038945
  4. Shaddix, J. (2003). The Passion Driven Sermon: Changing the Way Pastors Preach and Congregations Listen. B&H Publishing Group. 978-0805427226

MIN 520 – Dynamics of Counseling

  1. Thomas, J. C., & Sosin, L. (2011). Therapeutic Expedition: Equipping the Christian Counselor for the Expedition. B&H Publishing. 978-1433672361
  2. McGervey, M. & Cosby, T. (2011). Coaching Based Ministry: Transforming Ministry Through Empowerment Coaching. Credo House Publishers. B0066AKOO0

MIN 530 – Transformational Leadership

  1. Kotter, J. P. (1996). Leading Change. Harvard Business School Press. 978-1422186435
  2. Malphurs, A., & Penfold, G. E. (2014). Re:vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church. Baker Books. 978-0801016820
  3. Northouse, P. G. (2012). Leadership: Theory and Practice (6th Ed). SAGE. 978-1452203409
  4. Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths Based Leadership: Great leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow. 978-1595620255 (Be sure to buy the text new so that you have access to the inventory.)

MIN 540 – Ministry & Culture

  1. Hunter, J. (2010). To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. Oxford University Press. 978-0199730803
  2. Smith, J. K. A. (2009). Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Baker Academic. 978-0801035777
  3. Vanhoozer, K. J., Anderson, C. A., & Sleasman, M. J. (2007). Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. Baker Academic. 978-0801031670

MIN 545 – Leading with Cultural Intelligence

  1. Livermore, D. (2015). Leading With Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success (2nd Ed.). AMACOM. 978-1400231119
  2. Elmer, D. (2002). Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting In Around the World. InterVarsity Press. 978-0830823093

MIN 550 – Practical Application of Pauline Theology

  1. Gorman, M. J. (2015). Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission. Eerdmans. 978-0802868848
  2. Piper, J. (2019). Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 reasons. Crossway. 978-1433565045
  3. Wilhoit, J. C. (2008). Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ Through Community. Baker Academic. 978-0801027765

THE 540 – Contemporary Theology Perspectives

  1. Smith, D. L. (2014). Theologies of the 21st Century: Trends in Contemporary Theology. Wipf & Stock. 978-1625648648
  2. Kinnaman, D. & Lyons, G. (2016). Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme. Baker Books. 978-0801075445

THE 560 – Studies in Dispensational Theology

  1. Showers, R. E. (1990). There Really is a Difference: A Comparison of Covenant and Dispensational Theology. The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. 978-0915540501

CAP 595 – Graduate Studies Capstone

  1. Blanchard, K., Hodges. P., & Hendry, P. (2016). Lead Like Jesus Revisited: Lessons From the Greatest Role Model of All Time. Thomas Nelson. 978-0718077259

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Every major at Grace Christian is focused on intertwining spiritual and academic growth. The school aims to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth.

Masters of Arts in Ministry Curriculum

GEN 501 – Graduate Writing and Research

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give students the skills they need to complete successful written projects and research in graduate-level courses within the context of a biblical worldview. Students who pass this course will demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, expressed through solid research and clear writing, which serves as the foundation for further studies in the University’s graduate programs.

BIB 525 – Galatians and Romans

Credit Hours: 3

Explores Pauline theology by way of an in-depth study of the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Galatians and Romans. Consideration will be given to theological questions generated by the New Perspective on Paul and relevant concerns of Dispensational Theology. (Cross-listed as BI or BIB 425 for undergraduate students in the 4+1 program.)

BIB 540 – Isaiah

Credit Hours: 3

Explores the historical circumstances, literary features and theology of the book of Isaiah. Attention will be given to contemporary approaches to the book and use of the book in the New Testament. (Cross-listed as BIB 440 for undergraduate students in the 4+1 program.)

THE 540 – Contemporary Theology Perspectives

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to equip the student to respond biblically to a range of theological issues facing the 21st-century church. Issues include (but are not limited to): soteriology, biblical interpretation & authority, and the emergent/missional church, as well as differing theological perspectives that are influential in culture today. (Cross-listed as TH or THE 440 for undergraduate students in the 4+1 program.)

THE 560 – Studies in Dispensational Theology

Credit Hours: 3

Presents the student with an intensive summary of the historic theological position of Grace Christian University, including critical examination and evaluation of the biblical, theological, and practical interests of dispensational theology.

MIN 515 – Communicating for Transformation

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of the skills, resources, methods, and spiritual dynamics of communication. The course will equip leaders with an understanding of various ways to communicate more effectively and persuasively, in order to facilitate life transformation.

MIN 520 – Dynamics of Counseling

Credit Hours: 3

Offers theological, psychological, and practical perspectives on the care of others. It includes analysis and application of principles related to beginning counseling skills, as well as an exploration of the strengths and challenges the student brings to the counseling process.

MIN 530 – Transformational Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the biblical foundations, principles, and practices of effective leadership. Students will further develop personal leadership skills, as well as create a working model of how to inspire change within a variety of ministry settings.

MIN 540 – Ministry and Culture

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical background for engaging culture. It examines a number of historic models of Christian cultural engagement and explores the validity of traditional and emerging models for ministry and mission.

MIN 545 – Leading with Cultural Intelligence

Credit Hours: 3

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will examine literature and perspectives from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and organizational leadership as well as study cultural engagement in light of the biblical narrative. (Cross-listed as LEA 445 for undergraduate students in the 4+1 program.)

MIN 550 – Practical Application of Pauline Theology

Credit Hours: 3

A study of Pauline theology with an emphasis on practical theology for spiritual formation, church practice, evangelism, and the mission of the church. Attention will be given to current trends in Pauline theology, as well as the importance of Paul’s letters for dispensational theology.

CAP 595 – Graduate Studies Capstone

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a culmination of the graduate program including a closer examination of many of the distinctives of Grace Christian University. Students will reflect on the University’s core values and learning outcomes, especially as they applied to their graduate studies. Students will also look forward to completing a variety of learning activities appropriate to their degree. Prerequisite: The successful completion of all courses in the degree program.

The Bible is Central

Grace Christian University is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education and has designated Grace Christian University as an institute of higher education in which the Bible is central and the development of Christian life and ministry is essential.

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The Grace Christian Difference

ACADEMIC RIGOR

The program will teach and develop graduate-level research, writing, critical thinking, leadership and communication skills. Beginning with the Program Seminar, the program is designed to acclimate students to graduate-level work and prepare them for the kind of reading, writing, and thinking skills they will need for the remainder of the program.

STUDENT–CENTERED

The application of constructivist learning theory puts the responsibility of learning in the hands of the students. Whenever possible, students will be allowed to choose what they will learn, how they will learn, and how they will assess their learning in terms of their ministry and professional goals.

BEST PRACTICES

As a fully online program, Graduate Studies at Grace Christian University adheres to the best practices of online education, including, but not limited to: online presence, creating a supportive online community, a variety of individual, small group, and large group learning experiences, and clear communication in the online environment.

Identity

We take care of your personalized education plan

Time

Finish in the same time as an on-campus program

Online

Log-in when it works best for you

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is thE Master's program for?

Anyone who has completed a Bachelor's degree and is seeking quality Christian Higher Education. We offer tuition discounts for military personnel, alumni scholarships, and payment plans for cash paying students. Our program is excellent for those receiving tuition reimbursement from an employer as well as anyone seeking to utilize Federal Financial Aid.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE PROFESSORS OF THIS PROGRAM?

Your professors have first hand knowledge working in their areas of instruction, along with advanced degrees and higher education experience. They are eager not just to instruct, but to guide you on your faith journey and pray for you throughout your time here. Their desire is to help you succeed and equip you for where God has called you.

What are the benefits of the program?

Students in the Online Master's programs will be able to:

  • Complete a Master's degree in as few as 20 months
  • Attend class asynchronously online and minimize interference from work schedules and family responsibilities
  • Improve writing skills through our university Writing Center at our virtual Academic Center for Excellence.
  • Enhance virtual presentation and technology skills to maximize ministry effectiveness and/or leadership skills
  • Meet in a collaborative format and benefit from the varied experiences and ideas of classmates
  • Obtain a degree that opens a wide range of opportunities, including pursuing doctoral studies
  • Attend small virtual classes with the same students, developing teamwork skills and mutual support
  • Receive individualized instruction and specific attention
  • Gain satisfaction by fulfilling an educational goal
WHAT FLEXIBILITY DOES THE MASTER’S PROGRAM OFFER?

One course at a time, on your own time, in as little as 20 months. Students may enroll full-time or part-time and complete their coursework throughout the week at a time of day that is convenient for them.

    WHY SHOULD I STUDY ONLINE AT GRACE?

    Advance your career from the comfort of your own home.

    Our online master’s degrees are designed for busy professionals who desire to advance their careers. Through our flexible classes, our professors will encourage and mentor you as you expand your current pursuits.

    Experience a caring community.

    Connect with professors and students who will come alongside you as you pursue higher education and growth in Christ. At Grace, we’re passionate about equipping and supporting you to serve the Lord and others in all that God has called you to do.

    Strengthen your biblical foundation.

    At Grace Christian University, the Word of God is taught, valued, and celebrated. Deepen your knowledge of God’s Word as you receive an education grounded in objective Biblical truth.

    The Grace Experience.

    As closely as possible, the Graduate Studies program will reproduce the experience of undergraduate students (On Campus and Online) in an authentic Grace Christian University experience, expressing the ethos, core values, and historic mission of the University. This includes the University’s commitment to being a Bible-centered institution, committed to our historic Grace theological position, which values transformative relationships and service to church and society.

      Where can I view the Academic Catalog?

      View or download the 2022-23 Graduate Online Academic Catalog here.

      View past Academic Catalogs here.

      Where can i view the academic Calendar?

      View the “Academic Calendar” section in the Graduate Online Academic Catalog.

      WHAT SETS OUR MASTER'S PROGRAMS APART?

      Our Enrollment Advisors are there for you.

      One-on-one coaching through the admissions process and the first class with your assigned Enrollment Advisor. Your advisor will want to know:

      • Your passion
      • Your path and goals
      • Life circumstances that could help or hinder your success
      • How can they pray for and with you

      Your advisor will take this information seriously and provide tailored care as you get started with your degree.

      We Prioritize You

      Your goals and giftings are prioritized so they drive your success; this is opposed to a one-size fits all mentality & communication.

      We take care of all class registration and your personalized education plan is created when you begin your program, so you are able to see all courses required until your graduate date.

      One Class at a Time

      No required log-in time (you log in throughout the week when it works best for your schedule!)

      Students finish their online degrees in the same period as if they were attending an on-campus program.

      Our Professors Care

      Staff and faculty care about each student's eternal impact, which influences the care and resources we provide. Professors care and are easily accessible.

      Low professor-to-student ratio:

      • Online Undergraduate - 9.3 students per course section
      • Online Graduate - 7 students per course section

      The Bible is Central

      All classes are taught from a biblical foundation, regardless of subject, with weekly devotions.

      Low Cost Quality Education

      Low tuition for a private Christian education.

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