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Academics

Integrated Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A, M.A.)

DR. SCOTT STEVENS
Program Director 


Within the graduate program, all instruction and learning activities are designed to build a community of scholarly ministers. Course content will be delivered in the context of faculty lecture material, interactive discussions, concept papers, reading of literature in the discipline, research activities, faculty/student interactions, and units focused on student-generated content. Students will engage in real-world applications of unique issues and concepts inherent in their calling and will study advanced approaches to the challenges facing the contemporary church, as well as global ministry themes. Faculty assigned to teach in the Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry programs are experienced in teaching in the college environment, as well as applying course content in the pastoral and ministerial setting. Faculty also participate in research and scholarship that promote thoughtful inquiry in academic and ministerial contexts. Students electing to complete the thesis option in the field of religion will choose a thesis director from among the religion faculty. The thesis director will work individually with the student throughout the semester to construct and carry out the analysis of the research question, and assist the student in preparing to write and defend the thesis project.

MISSION STATEMENT 
Through advanced biblical, theological, and practical study, the School of Christian Studies graduate programs seek to equip men and women to become Christian servant leaders who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY 
The nature of graduate education is to foster an environment with the student as an active participant in the learning process as leader, researcher, and practitioner. Significant time is spent on the review of the literature of the discipline. The activities of the course are writing intensive, engage the biblical text more closely and thoroughly than is typical in an undergraduate course, require careful, detailed analysis of diverse and conflicting interpretations, incorporate reflective thought on the part of the student, include an increased expectation of independent research, and necessitate a search for additional resources to bring to class to inform discussion. At their discretion students may work in collaborative groups to complete the course goals and objectives, but each student must be prepared to participate personally in seminar discussions and presentations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
For the Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, students will complete a total of 36-37 graduate credit hours with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years of being granted full admission. Read more about the requirements on the Graduation Requirements page.

DISMISSAL FROM PROGRAM 
1. Students who fail to achieve full admission after the completion of nine graduate hours will be dismissed from the program.
2. Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise the grade point average. Following that semester, failure to regain at least a 2.75 grade point average will result in dismissal from the program.
3. Students who earn a grade of “D” or “F” in any one course may be dismissed from the program based on a recommendation from the Program Director and Dean.

Courses

Integrated Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Business Administration

M.A.C.M. Requirements - 36 Hours 
(9 hours common to both the M.A.C.M. degree and the M.B.A. degree)

Ministry Foundations - 9 hours from the following:
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children’s Ministry
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
RLGN 5360 World Christianity
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion

Bible and Theology 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 5342 Selected Topics in Theology

Foundations Electives - 9 hours from the following:
Any Bible and Theology Foundations courses
Any Ministry Foundations courses
Business Leadership - 12 hours from the following:
RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
Any 9 hours from the Master of Business Administration curriculum
NOTE: The 9 hours from the M.B.A. curriculum are common to both degrees.

M.B.A. Requirements - 33 hours
(9 hours common to both the M.B.A. degree and the M.A.C.M. degree)
Semester 1
MBAE 5301 Entrepreneurial Leadership
MBAE 5302 Economics and the Free Market
Semester 2
MBAE 5303 Marketing Concepts and Strategies
MBAE 5304 Social Media Information Systems
MBAE 5312 Business Research and Decision Making
Semester 3
MBAE 5306 Managerial Accounting
MBAE 5307 Financial Concepts and Processes
MBAE 5313 Leading and Managing Change
Semester 4
MBAE 5309 Strategic Human Resource Management
MBAE 5310 Strategic Management
MBAE 5311 Formulating and Implementing Strategy
Total Minimum sixty (60) credit hours for the Integrated M.A.C.M./M.B.A.

Manual for Research Theses and Ministry Project Reports
Course Rotation

Spring 2019
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology 

Summer 2019
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2019
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
RLGN 5304 History of Missions

Spring 2020
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions

Summer 2020
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry  

Fall 2020
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology 
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions

Spring 2021
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
RLGN 5304 History of Missions

Summer 2021
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2021
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions

Spring 2022
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology 
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions

Summer 2022
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2022
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Spring 2023
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

Summer 2023
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2023
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology 
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions 

Spring 2024
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Summer 2024
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry Fall 2024

Fall 2024
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

Spring 2025
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology 
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions 

Summer 2025
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2025
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Spring 2026
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

Summer 2026
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Additionally the Thesis/Ministry Project courses [RLGN 6101 and RLGN 6301] will be offered as needed.