Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Curriculum

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a two-year program focused on the application of the principles of ministry; it consists of 30-31 semester hours in which four hours may be earned by completing a thesis or advanced ministry project. This curriculum provides opportunities for intensive study in Christian scriptures, theology, and ministry at the graduate level.  Students may enter the program during any fall or spring term.

Ministry Foundations – 9 hours from the following:
• RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
• RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
• MUSI 5360 World Christianity
• HIST  5300 The Baptists
• PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion

Biblical and Theological Foundations – 6 hours from the following:
• RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
• RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture
• RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology
• RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology
• RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
• RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel
• RLGN 5341 Biblical Theology

Additional Foundations Course - 3 hours from the following:
• Bible and Theology Foundations Courses
• Ministry Foundations Courses

To complete the degree, students must choose from following group of electives or one of the following concentrations:

Electives - 12-13 hours from the following:
• Bible and Theology Foundations courses
• Ministry Foundations Courses
• RLGN 6101 Thesis/Ministry Project 1
• RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2*
• Any MBAE, KINE, and PSYC graduate courses up to 6 hours

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry concentrations:
Bible and Theology

• Bible and Theology Foundations courses
• RLGN 6101 Thesis/Ministry Project 1
• RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2*

Business Leadership - 12 hours from the following:
RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
9 hours from the following Master of Business Administration curriculum:
• MBAE 5301 Entrepreneurial Leadership
• MBAE 5303 Marketing Concepts and Strategies
• MBAE 5304 Social Media Information Systems
• MBAE 5309 Strategic Human Resource Management
• MBAE 5310 Strategic Management
• MBAE 5311 Formulating and Implementing Strategy
• MBAE 5312 Business Research and Decision Making
• MBAE 5313 Leading and Managing Change

Sports and Recreation Ministry - 12 hours from the following:
• RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
• KINE  5301 Current Trends and Issues in Sports and Exercise Settings
• KINE  5304 Sports and Exercise Psychology
• KINE  5305 Principles of Advanced Human Performance

Spiritual Guidance - 12 hours from the following:
• RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
• PSYC 5303 Techniques in Psychotherapy
• PSYC 6301 Marriage and Family Therapy
• PSYC 6351 Evidence-Based Practices of Faith Integration in Counseling

* RLGN 6301 Requires the successful completion of a thesis or ministry project report.