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Master of Arts: Youth Ministry
Mark Holcomb, M.R.E., Coordinator
A two-year program that provides a broad and powerful education for specialized ministry in the local church, the Master of Arts: Youth Ministry focuses on ministry to students and their families in today’s culture in a local church context. Theory is integrated with praxis, reflection and life. The first year of this program provides a traditional classroom-based education consisting of 30 hours. During the second year, the student engages in a mentored ministry to youth, coming back to Olivet for several one-week intensive courses, called modules.
The M.A. in Youth Ministry draws strength from leading experts in the field of youth ministry who come to campus for face-to-face teaching, encounters, networking, and learning with our students. The combination of those experts with our own residential faculty, who total over 40 years of highly successful experience in youth ministry, makes Olivet’s Master of Arts in Youth Ministry a powerful educational experience that will launch the student into a satisfying career of service for our Lord to the youth of the 21st century.
BLIT 632 – Cultural/Historical Influences and Biblical Interpretation
PSYC 601 – Human Growth and Development
640 – Marriage and Family Relations
THEO 607 – Theology of Ministry
693 – Contemporary Issues in Theology
YMIN 612 – Foundations of Youth Ministry
630 – Developmental Theories and Adolescents
650 – Spiritual Development of Students
691 – Integrated Seminar/Project
CHED and/or CMIN electives (6 hours)
THEO elective (3 hours)
YMIN electives (6 hours)
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation from the program, no course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than a B-.
Core Values Motivating the M.A. in Youth Ministry
More than most master’s degree programs, the M.A. in Youth Ministry uses a wide assortment of course formats and teaching methods: intensive modules, half-semester courses, full-semester courses, lecturing, mentoring, internships, seminars, papers, and projects. For a more detailed explanation of the various course formats, please refer to "Academic Policies: Program Formats".
While students in the M.A. program in Youth Ministry take a few modular courses during their first year, they take all their courses as modules during their second year. This allows the second-year students to engage in their mentored youth ministry experience on a full-time basis and gives them the option to do that mentored experience at locations quite distant from Olivet’s campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The program culminates in an Integrated Seminar during August of the second year, where the students present their projects and bring all the facets of their Olivet education in Youth Ministry into a coherent whole.