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Master of Arts: Christian Ministry
Carl M. Leth, Ph.D., Coordinator
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry offers both basic and advanced ministerial preparation in four areas: (1) biblical knowledge, (2) theological knowledge, (3) practical application in ministry, and (4) personal spiritual growth and formation as a minister. For students with little or no undergraduate study in Bible, theology, or ministry, this M.A. provides an academic and practical gateway to ministerial education; the program, however, will proceed at a graduate pace and level and will expect the student to be academically and personally mature. For students with an undergraduate background in Bible, theology, or ministry, this M.A. offers options for more advanced study in ministry. The program can be completed in two summers and one academic year of full-time study.
Although this is a gateway program, persons already engaged in ministry may have a flexible enough schedule to commute each week to Olivet's campus for this program, which allows a wider variety of options over the Master of Ministry. Those with previous undergraduate study in theology, biblical studies or ministry may find that the possibility of more advanced courses in ministry means that the M.A. in Christian Ministry better suits their needs.
Prospective applicants, therefore, should carefully study the M.A. in Christian Ministry, the Master of Ministry, and the M.A. in Pastoral Leadership programs and then decide which option best suits their individual situation. The Graduate Program Adviser in the School of Theology & Christian Ministry can provide additional information.
BLIT 632 – Cultural/Historical Influences and Biblical Interpretation
CMIN 631 – Life Management & Personal Renewal
674 – Pastoral Care and Counseling
THEO 607 – Theology of Ministry
BLIT elective (3 hours)
CHED and/or CMIN electives (6 hours)
Free electives (9 hours)
Note: a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required to complete this program. No course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than B-.
Classes in the M.A. in Christian Ministry program meet in both modular and traditional formats. For a more detailed explanation of these course formats, please see "Academic Policies — SGCS: Program Formats".