Program Overview


The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a sixteen to eighteen month program focused on the application of the principles of ministry; it consists of 36 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.

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Ministry Foundations – 9 hours from the following:

RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
This course identifies the educational leadership needs of a church. An examination will be made of Bible study, discipleship, and mission education and action needs for adults, youth, children, and preschools in a church. Emerging twenty-first century educational and ministry needs will be examined.
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry
A thorough study of a topic selected from the disciplines that comprise ministry studies (including homiletics, evangelism, discipleship, spiritual development, pastoral studies, missions, Baptist tradition, and leadership). Students will be required to engage in a detailed study of the topic, including examination of standard works and current research on the subject. Analysis and synthesis of the material will be incorporated into a course project. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
This course examines various traditions, disciplines, and practices of Christian spirituality in the context of their historical development and explores how these influence contemporary spiritual formation. Classical readings from spiritual pioneers will highlight the interconnectedness of scripture, faith, and practice, and will serve as an intellectual foundation for the students’ own experience of spiritual formation. Students will also read and study scripture from a devotional perspective and will practice, both individually and communally, the spiritual disciplines that have shaped the Church. All instruction, study, and practices have the goal of promoting personal and spiritual formation as a vital component of the Christian life and ministry.
RLGN 5360 World Christianity
Introduction to the recent growth of worldwide Christianity with a particular emphasis on the perspective and contributions offered by Christians from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Attention will be given to recent theological developments; key historic, demographic, and cultural themes; and emerging partnership opportunities.Introduction to the recent growth of worldwide Christianity with a particular emphasis on the perspective and contributions offered by Christians from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Attention will be given to recent theological developments; key historic, demographic, and cultural themes; and emerging partnership opportunities.
HIST 5300 The Baptists
The graduate level colloquium examines the historical origins, development, theology, polity, and mission of the Baptist denomination, with attention to the historic Baptist groups and denominations, their presence around the world, and the varieties of Baptist expressions through the churches, conventions, and other organizations. The colloquium will involve readings in primary source materials and significant secondary works, with close focus given to the Southern and Texas Baptists.
PSYC 5300 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
The focus of this course is on the meaning religion has for an individual in today’s world. Utilizing a synthesis of classic and contemporary research on religious thought, feeling, belief, and behaviors, the course will explore a three-dimensional model of different ways of being religious person. The course is not concerned with purely conceptual or philosophical discussions of religion, but seeks to provide a comprehensive evaluation from an empirical perspective.

Biblical and Theological Foundations – 6 hours from the following:

RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
An in-depth study of the ethical theology, methodology, and instruction of the Apostle Paul. The course gives significant attention to literary and contextual issues in determining how the Apostle Paul sought to shape the lives of his converts for the purpose of witness in the world of life as God intends. Particular focus will be directed to the Christological, Ecclesial, and Eschatological dimensions of Pauline moral discourse.
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture
A multi-directional study of the relationship between Christianity and contemporary culture, including analysis of various understandings of “culture,” a survey of biblical and historical models for the relationship of Christian faith and practice to broader cultural settings, analysis and evaluation of various methods of theological interpretation of cultural texts and trends, and application of such methods to selected expressions of contemporary North American culture.
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology
An advanced study of the nature, history, methods, and themes of Old Testament theology. The Old Testament teaching about God, creation, the land, anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, community, leaders, and eschatology will be treated as well as the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology
A study of the major theological themes of the New Testament. The focus of the course will be on the exegesis of critical New Testament texts as the basis for New Testament Theology. Attention will be given to the question of the theological coherence of the New Testament canon.
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
A study of the church as presented in the New Testament. The focus of the course will be on the exegesis of critical New Testament texts, examining the purpose, function, organization, and leadership of the church.
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel
A study of the archaeology, historical geography, religion, manners and customs, economics, social concerns, and literature of the Old and New Testaments, the Ancient Near East, and the Greco-Roman world.
RLGN 5341 Biblical Theology
An advanced study of the nature, history, methods, and themes of biblical theology. The topics of God, creation, anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology will be treated both synchronically and diachronically.
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
A thorough study of a topic selected from the disciplines that comprise theological studies (including Hebrew, Greek, biblical archaeology, biblical studies, biblical theology, systematic theology, ethics, and philosophy). Students will be required to engage in a detailed study of the topic, including examination of standard works and current research on the subject. Analysis and synthesis of the material will be incorporated into a course project. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

Additional Foundations Course - 9 hours from the following:

Any Ministry Foundations courses
Any Bible and Theology Foundations courses
To complete the degree, students have the option to choose from the electives or one of the four concentrations below:

Electives - 12 to 13 hours from the following:

Any Ministry Foundations courses
Any Bible and Theology Foundations courses
RLGN 6101 Thesis/Ministry Project 1
This course is the preparation of a prospectus for a Religion Master of Arts research thesis/ministry project. A completed prospectus will include a clear statement of the focus of the thesis/project and a survey of the professional literature relevant to the thesis/project. This course will be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Coordinator.
RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2*
This course consists of the completion of a graduate research thesis or ministry project, including the submission of a research thesis/project report in both written and oral formats. This course will be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of RLGN 6101.
Any MBAE, KINE, and PSYC courses up to 6 hours

Business Leadership - 12 hours from the following:

RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
This course identifies the educational leadership needs of a church. An examination will be made of Bible study, discipleship, and mission education and action needs for adults, youth, children, and preschools in a church. Emerging twenty-first century educational and ministry needs will be examined.
Any 9 hours of the following:
MBAE 5301 Entrepreneurial Leadership
This course is a study of leadership principles and their application in business organizations. Students will explore leadership as a process involving leaders, followers and the situation. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindset.
MBAE 5302 Economics and the Free Market
The study of economic thought and action as it influences individual and market behavior. Included in the course is a study of how markets determine what is produced and what is allocated, analytical approaches to economic data for decision making, and a study of the impact on producers and consumers that monetary and fiscal policies play.
MBAE 5303 Marketing Concepts and Strategies
This course focuses on the strategic development of new products in entrepreneurial and intrepreneurial ventures. Specifically, this will include idea generation and screening, business and environmental analysis, product development, test marketing, and commercialization from the perspective of the entrepreneur. These concepts will all be brought together by the students as they develop a strategic marketing plan with a recommended implementation.
MBAE 5304 Social Media Information Systems
This course utilizes social media and mobile technology as part of a business plan for modern companies. Emphasis will be placed on mobile application development, business page development on Facebook (or similar social network), business use of Twitter, web site development, and e-commerce.
MBAE 5309 Strategic Human Resource Management
This course is a study of human resources management from a theoretical and practical view. Students will learn the essential HR functions, including legal requirements, recruiting, developing, and retaining human resources. Students will apply that knowledge in specific ways by creating original job descriptions, a staffing plan, and a compensation strategy for use in an entrepreneurial setting.
MBAE 5310 Strategic Management
This course is the capstone of the MBA program and incorporates all concepts taught in the curriculum. The course includes a study of strategies that successful businesses have employed and the methodology used for sound decision making. Research methodology incorporates the use of specific analysis of markets, industry competitive analysis, SWOT, financial analysis, etc. in order to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership decision making.
MBAE 5311 Formulating and Implementing Strategy
This course will combine knowledge gained from previous courses pertaining to the management of small business. There will be in-depth coverage of selected topics in leadership, economics, finance, human resources, business research, and marketing. Students will gain firsthand awareness of the management skills, knowledge, and behaviors employed by successful entrepreneurial leaders through in-depth discussions with practicing entrepreneurs and investors. Students will have the option of building a business plan for a proposed business venture conducted under the supervision of the instructor.
MBAE 5312 Business Research and Decision Making
This course uses research tools, employs research concepts and techniques to enable leaders to make informed decisions. Students will locate data sources, gather primary and secondary data, perform analysis using appropriate statistical techniques to effectively interpret and solve specific business problems. The focus is on essential tools for the investigation of business phenomena where chance variation is a factor. Use of statistical software such as SPSS, Minitab, or Excel is included.
MBAE 5313 Leading and Managing Change
This course develops the skills needed for leading change. In this course, students will analyze the forces that drive organizations to change, examine impediments to change, and survey a range of approaches for making organizational change more effective. The principle objective of this course is to develop an understanding of change processes and provide students with practical skills for managing and leading change.
MBAE 5307 Financial Concepts and Processes
This course is designed for the student planning an entrepreneurial career rather than embarking upon a career in finance. The course will develop skills necessary to evaluate opportunities and manage resources. Financial tools and applications will be developed for evaluating new projects and products. Emphasis will be placed on stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, company valuation and efficient markets.
MBAE 5306 Managerial Accounting
This course will enable students to use accounting applications as they relate to the corporate form of business. A special emphasis will be placed on the entrepreneurial/managerial role in accounting applications.

Sports and Recreation Ministry - 12 hours from the following:

RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
This course identifies the educational leadership needs of a church. An examination will be made of Bible study, discipleship, and mission education and action needs for adults, youth, children, and preschools in a church. Emerging twenty-first century educational and ministry needs will be examined.
KINE 5301 Current Trends and Issues in Sports and Exercise Settings
This course surveys current trends and issues in various sports and exercise settings. Emphases will be placed upon analyzing modern research and contemporary issues related to the preferred occupations of the students enrolled in the course. Discussing assigned topics, organizing and giving topical presentations, examining principles related to sports and exercise fields, and applying those principles to program planning, administration, and supervision will be emphasized.
KINE 5304 Sports and Exercise Psychology
This course provides students with an in-depth view of theoretical and applied aspects of sport and exercise psychology. This course considers the many facets of sport and exercise psychology in review fashion, with special attention given to the use of this information by leaders in sports and exercise settings. The course will also include a focus upon both historical and contemporary developments throughout those applied settings.
KINE 5305 Principles of Advanced Human Performance
This course will explore the principles necessary to design, implement, and administrate a safe and effective strength and conditioning program. The course will address the exercise goals of clients in a variety of settings, including those with goals towards individual sports, team sports, and personal wellness. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have been presented with the prerequisite information to successfully take the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that students have at minimum basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology before taking this course.

Spiritual Guidance - 12 hours from the following:

RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
This course identifies the educational leadership needs of a church. An examination will be made of Bible study, discipleship, and mission education and action needs for adults, youth, children, and preschools in a church. Emerging twenty-first century educational and ministry needs will be examined.
Any 9 hours of the following:

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COUN 5301 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major counseling theories and practices. Several of the major theories of counseling will be examined with an emphasis on four areas: key concepts of the theory, its beliefs about the therapeutic process, the role of the counselor, and how to apply the theory to helping a client change. Each theory will be analyzed for its uniqueness and similarity with the other approaches and applied to case examples.
COUN 5303 Counseling Children and Adolescents
This course is a didactic and experiential course that prepares graduate students to work with the specific needs of children and adolescents. This course will focus on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues of children and adolescents. Group and individual counseling techniques will be practiced and treatment options will be covered. Experiential Component: Sand, miniatures, sweater box, musical instruments, Crayola, paints, paper, glue, dress-up costumes, magazines, and other materials that interest the student concerning expressive arts therapy modalities.
COUN 5305 Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
A study of group dynamics, process, theoretical applications, techniques and leadership skills in an experiential setting. This course traces the major theoretical orientations in group psychotherapy/ counseling. Students will learn to apply group approaches to the treatment of mental health problems.
COUN 5312 Lifespan Development
This course provides an advanced overview of current research and theory on life-span human development, and will enhance students’ understanding of significant developmental changes that occur over the life span. Emphasis will be placed on standard physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development as well as on issues such as diversity and socialization in relation to perceptions of human development. Professional, clinical, legal, and ethical issues will also be addressed.
COUN 6301 Marriage and Family Therapy
This course provides an overview of marital and family counseling from a systems perspective. An overview of the predominant systems theories essential in working with couples and families will be presented. Special emphasis is given to evidence based treatments and the current research on attachment theory and the role of attachment in couple and family distress. Students will become familiar with attachment issues, working from an emotion focused perspective, and they will gain proficiency in assessment and intervention. Students also will engage in learning exercises and role-plays in order to facilitate application of course content.
COUN 6305 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan
Students will be introduced to career development and the importance of various facets of career counseling. Emphasis is given to developmental considerations and the role of testing, educational and career development program planning and implementation. Technology-based career development applications and strategies will be explored. The interrelationships among and between work, family and other life role factors will be considered with a special emphasis on ethical issues as well as issues of personal faith and values.
COUN 6326 Addictions Counseling
This course will provide an in-depth study of the theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors including strategies for assessment and diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and treatment across the lifespan across a variety of settings. Coverage will include but not be limited to gambling, sexual, eating, alcohol, and drug-related addictions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
COUN 6351 Evidence-Based Practices of Faith Integration in Counseling
In this course, students explore personal and professional issues of faith and spirituality as they pertain to clinical competency in professional counseling. Students will have an opportunity to learn about frameworks for faith integration in professional practice. The course provides students with an overview of several common approaches to mental health counseling from a faith perspective that have been well-supported in research.