Program Details

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Offered By: College of Theology
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Campus: 15 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Prepare to Lead Life-Changing Christian Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry delivers best-in-class theological training to individuals answering God’s call to serve the church. Enter Grand Canyon Theological Seminary and receive the intellectual, spiritual and professional preparation needed for fruitful and transformative gospel ministry.

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary has designed an advanced program of study rooted in biblical foundations, for ministers and assistant pastors serving on a full-time, part-time, bi-vocational or lay ministry basis. Dig deeply into the Word of God as you grow in the knowledge of doctrine and best practices for ministry that is effective and transformative.

Degree Outcomes

Apply Biblical Concepts to Real-World Ministry

Graduates of this Christian ministry degree program are prepared to edify the Christian community through Bible-based service and ministry. You will emerge with the ability to lead multigenerational congregations and Christian organizations, providing Bible-based pastoral care, soul care and teaching attuned to the needs of today’s church.

What You Will Learn

Learn the Art of Gospel Ministry

In this Christian ministry degree program, you engage in rigorous coursework related to nurturing, teaching and leading your congregation and community. Field ministry experiences are embedded throughout your studies to ensure that you learn to connect theology and practice. Course topics include:

  • Old and New Testament foundations
  • Biblical interpretation
  • Christian doctrine
  • Ministerial ethics
  • Foundations of pastoral care

Career Outcomes

Lead Powerful 21st Century Ministries

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry prepares graduates to deliver highly effective ministry as pastors, pastoral associates, administrative pastors, Bible study leaders, deacons, lay elders or other supporting roles related to Christian ministry and service. Graduates of this Christian ministry degree program possess a strong foundation for prayer, evangelism, discipleship and leadership needed for effective ministry.

Course List

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Major:
38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in ministry and theology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course surveys the text and historical background of the Old Testament with an introduction to hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the books of the Old Testament.

Course Description

This course surveys the text and historical background of the New Testament with an introduction to hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the books of the New Testament.

Course Description

This course surveys cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, including revelation, God, humanity, Christ, and salvation. Emphasis is placed on the development of sound theology grounded in biblical understandings and practical wisdom for ministry. Some attention is given to the historical development of doctrine.

Course Description

This course is a study of the basic principles of evangelical biblical interpretation, exegesis, and application, especially in the context of ministry, including an introduction to the use of biblical language tools. Prerequisites: BIB-501 and BIB-502.

Course Description

This course examines the biblical and theological foundations of Christian ethics along with an analysis of the roles and responsibilities of gospel ministry. Significant attention is given to self-care, personal morality, and character formation as well as ethical concerns unique to ministers as they lead, equip, shepherd, and intercede for God’s people.

Course Description

This course equips students to provide effective ministry leadership in the areas of pastoral care and counseling in the local church. Emphasis is placed on caring for individuals, families, and small groups by nurturing spiritual formation with biblical wisdom. In addition, this course seeks to equip ministry leaders with skills and tools for biblical counseling. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course prepares students to address various aspects of communication in a local church ministry setting. Emphasis is placed on the various opportunities and challenges to communicate the gospel in small groups, Bible study, and discipleship programs. In addition, the course addresses the need to develop communication skills for a contemporary ministry context. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course analyzes the practical dimensions of systematic theology and assists students in making critical connections between biblical teaching and ministry within specific contexts. Emphasis is placed on faithful biblically rooted ministry, including a focus on prayer, evangelism, discipleship, and church leadership. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course furnishes practical training for ministry leaders. Emphasis is placed on both the leader’s personal life and the organizational dynamics of the local church. In addition, this course aims to equip church leaders to manage and lead ministries in a multicultural and multigenerational context. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Campus

Campus

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.
Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

On-campus program disclosures Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.