Master of Arts (MA) Urban Ministry

Master of Arts in Urban Ministry

Offered By: College of Theology

What Is Urban Ministry?

Urban ministry recognizes the need to bring the love of Christ to urban areas and inner city neighborhoods. The Master of Arts in Urban Ministry degree, offered by the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary, is a unique course of study that prepares future Christian leaders to serve congregations amid the hectic pace of city life.

Grand Canyon University’s urban ministry Master of Arts degree emphasizes the power of the gospel for transformation while also making it accessible and contextually appropriate for an urban, 21st century audience. Expand your theological and biblical knowledge while closely studying the unique problems and needs associated with urban settings. Explore how to offer pastoral guidance to inner city congregations in a way that addresses their unique challenges.

Earn Your Master of Arts in Urban Ministry Degree Online

A modern curriculum demands a modern method of learning, and GCU has risen to the challenge with our flexible online learning platform. Earn your MA in urban ministry online while fulfilling your familial and professional obligations. Study your coursework from anywhere, and enjoy engaging discussions with your peers. This degree program requires 38 credits for completion. Most online courses are eight weeks long.

During your studies, you will acquire a keen understanding of today’s challenges for the church and of the dynamics of the urban communities you will minister to. Examine strategies for communicating effectively with culturally diverse audiences, and explore how to help others to know and love Christ. Prepare to embrace holistic ministry service that answers God’s call and preserves the fundamentals of evangelism and discipleship.

What You’ll Learn with an Urban Ministry MA Degree

Acquire foundational knowledge and skills in biblical interpretation and ministerial ethics. Learn how to lead and inspire others who desire to know the Word of God. In courses such as Multicultural Ministry and Contextualization, Biblical Foundations of Urban Ministry and Issues in Urban Ministry, students discover some of the pressing matters of today’s congregations. Examine at-risk communities, biblical justice, crisis, conflict and change in the urban setting. Explore the value of social services, community-building, urban leadership and holistic ministry strategies within a multicultural setting. Other core competencies include:

  • Specific contexts for the connections between biblical teaching and ministry
  • Christian character formation, self-care and personal morality for Christian leaders
  • Historical and theological development of Christian doctrine
  • Hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the Old and New Testaments

Additionally, students are required to complete supervised ministry hours. These field experiences are opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery of sound theology and the real-world application of biblical principles.

What Can You Do with a Master of Arts in Urban Ministry?

An academic background in urban ministry enables graduates to pursue meaningful work improving the lives of others in their local communities. Bring the love of Christ to urban and inner city neighborhoods by pursuing a ministerial position at an urban church or a suburban church with an urban outreach component.

The urban ministry master’s degree is also appropriate for individuals who would like to create new nonprofit ministries in urban settings. Nonprofit organizations, social service programs and educational organizations are other possible places in which graduates may fulfill their life’s mission to serve others in Christ.

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Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Online: $530 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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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 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 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.

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 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

The course provides a biblical foundation for urban ministry and equips students with an overarching understanding of basic principles for effective urban ministry. Students develop understanding of the crucial position of the local assembly of believers, the history, and the various best practices for culture transformative urban ministry. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the basic competencies needed for ministry in a multicultural setting. Students explore social services, community building, holistic ministry strategies, and how to contextualize the Good News of Christ without compromising its integrity. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course is an examination of how the church’s mission expresses itself in the urban setting and the ethical implications for decisions made in urban ministry. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

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 Evening Student

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.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

Program Domains

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

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