Master of Arts in Ministry
Leadership Studies


The Master of Arts in Ministry program is designed to provide professional ministry training, primarily in church and church-related ministries. The MA in Ministry program offers three concentration areas: Leadership Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Adult Ministries. Students receive foundational preparation for a broad range of careers. The career marketplace for graduates from the MA in Ministry program includes pastors, church and parachurch staff members, educational ministries specialists, student ministry professionals, and specialists in children's ministry.


Program Design

The MA in Ministry program is designed for the "life-engaged" adult learner who is employed full-time or in full-time ministry. To accommodate the learner's work and family commitments, the iLEAD Center offers convenient and flexible scheduling options.


The MA in Ministry equips students for ministry in the church and society by developing:

  • A foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the spiritual formation and the development of a biblical worldview
  • A biblical philosophy of ministry and leadership practice applicable in the context of contemporary culture
  • The character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader
  • The knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead individuals, teams, and organizations
  • The skill sets necessary for assessing organizational health and strategizing for organizational development
  • Learning and research skills for maintaining life-long education
  • Knowledge and skill sets appropriate to the selected concentration

Graduate Certificate Option

If you want a focused master’s level education but do not want to pursue the entire MA in Ministry degree curriculum, you can earn a Graduate Certificate in any of the MA in Ministry concentrations by taking four designated concentration courses. To find out more, contact the Graduate Education Office by calling 866.275.8720.

Admission Requirements

  • A growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcript of undergraduate studies with GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Major in Bible or completion of biblical foundations courses
  • Autobiographical essay
  • Two reference forms
  • Completed application and fee
  • Interview with faculty