Youth and Young Adult Ministry—MAYYAM

The MAYYAM program provides study in theology, church history, world mission, and the specialized field of youth and young adult ministry. The graduate of the MAYYAM program is competent to:
Develop, direct, and evaluate youth ministry programs in the local church and other targeted areas with both professional and theological competency. Recruit, nurture, and disciple youth in Christian service and vocation. Recruit, nurture, and disciple adult youth leaders. Reflect constructively and theologically upon the content and process of youth ministry. Serve in a variety of vocations, such as youth pastor, dormitory dean, local church youth leader, conference youth director, university/college/academy chaplain, and guidance counselor.

Program length

This 48-credit program can typically be completed in two to three years.

Application deadlines

Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Fall (August - December): July 30
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer (May - August): June 1

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.50 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • Personal qualifications: Represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and show promise of usefulness for ministry through personal maturity and adequate experience in the Church. (Persons of other faiths who are willing to live in harmony with these standards are welcome to apply.)

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives and friends. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Statement of purpose: Submit an autobiographical history and statement of purpose reflecting your family, religious development, sense of calling to ministry, experience in church work, and future goals in relationship to the MAYYAM program.
  • Interview: Meet with a representative of the MAYYAM program if required, either by personal contact, telephone, or e-mail.
  • Biblical Literacy Entrance Test: Pass with a score of 80% or take GSEM525 and pass with a grade of C+ or better.
  • Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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