Program Details

Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry

Offered By: College of Theology
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Cultivate Strong Christian Disciples

Transform the effectiveness of your ministry to youth, children, families and congregations with the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary provides this masters in youth ministry degree program for ministers, assistant pastors, family ministers or para-church leaders who have passion for discipleship at every stage of human development.

Step into our spirit-filled community and learn to build a powerful and transformative ministry that changes lives. Speak to the specific needs of young people and families with a ministry centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Degree Outcomes

Provide Developmentally Appropriate Spiritual Care

Complete the masters in youth ministry, and enhance your local church or Christian organization’s effectiveness on every level. Graduates of this youth and family ministry program gain the ability to listen and guide youth and their families through the challenging years of adolescent growth and development with skill, compassion and godly wisdom.

What You Will Learn

Gain Intergenerational Ministry Expertise

Graduates of the masters in youth ministry program from the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary have prepared for the complex challenges of multigenerational ministry. In addition to supervised ministry field experience, you engage in coursework that covers the following:

  • Old and New Testament foundations
  • Stages of development
  • Faith formation
  • Conflict and crisis
  • Pastoral care

Career Outcomes

Guide Contemporary Spiritual Development

Expertise in family ministry is vital for a variety of settings, including church and Christian organizations, nonprofits and foundations, educational institutions and other wellness or training environments. Utilize the masters in youth ministry to deliver sound guidance that speaks to Christian life and the unique challenges faced by children, teens and parents in an ever-changing world.

Program Domains

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

This course provides a foundation for ministry to youth and families. Students consider biblical foundations for ministry to youth and families and how to apply and contextualize those foundations for today’s changing world. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course helps students examine stages of human development and their impact on faith formation. Special attention is given to developmentally appropriate communication of biblical and theological content. Students develop strategies for discipling individuals and families. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Course Description

This course equips students with basic skills for pastoral care and conflict resolution, with special emphasis given to caring for the soul of the leader as he or she ministers to people during times of crisis. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.

Program Locations



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.


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.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

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