The M.A. in Ministry, Leadership and Service is a 48-unit professional degree that prepares students for leadership in a variety of ministry contexts.
This degree is designed for those persons seeking ordination in a Christian denomination that does not require the Master of Divinity degree, or for laity who seek to serve their community in a variety of ways.
This degree is offered in both on-campus and hybrid/online modes.
- Spiritual Practices (Hybrid)
- Cultural Competencies (Hybrid)
- Field Education I (Hybrid)
- Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership (Intensive)
- Vocational Praxis (Intensive)
The degree has one required course each semester that helps students articulate and integrate the intersections between one’s personal spiritual journey, theological education, and the various contexts in which ministry takes place. Students will then choose amongst distribution electives to best custom-design their program for their future ministry goals.
Hybrid and Intensive Courses
Hybrid courses include a week of on-campus sessions plus online work throughout a semester. Hybrid courses often have required preclass reading and writing assignments. Intensive courses meet for one week on-campus and often have required reading before class, plus assignments due after the last class session.
On-campus sessions of hybrid courses are generally scheduled the last full week of August and the second full week of January. Intensive courses are scheduled the first full week of January.
Calendar for Hybrid and Intensive Courses
To complete the degree in two academic years, students should plan to be on campus these times:
First year – 1 week in August, 2 weeks in January
Second year – 1 week in August, 1 week in January
Summers – possible one- or two-week intensive classes on campus
If possible bring a laptop computer for these class weeks.
Ordination as a deacon also requires coursework in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Church History, Theology, Ethics, and Worship.
These requirements are counted as electives, in the categories listed above.
Students in other denominations also may have required courses – check with your denomination.
Time to Complete
The Master of Arts is usually considered a 2-year degree program. Students can complete the program in two academic years by taking 4 courses (12 units) most semesters, plus the two January intensives. It is also possible to complete more quickly by taking summer courses. Some students also choose to spread the course work over a longer period of time.