The MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry (MAYYAM) provides study in theology, church history, world mission, and the specialized field of youth and young adult ministry. The graduate of the MAYYAM will be competent to serve in a variety of vocations such as youth pastor, university/college/academy chaplain, dormitory dean, local church youth leader, conference youth director, and guidance counselor. Take a look at our handbook for more information.
The Master of Arts (Religious Education) is an interdisciplinary academic program that prepares individuals for leadership roles as scholars and specialists in discipleship in settings where religious, moral and spiritual nurture and growth are primary concerns. The curriculum is designed with core courses, electives and a selected area of emphasis. Take a look at our handbook for more information.
The PhD (Religious Education) prepares men and women to be scholars and researchers in specialized teaching and discipling ministries of the home, the church, or the Christian college or university. All candidates further develop the core competencies of a religious educator and select an area of specialization for intense study and research using research methodologies of the social sciences. Take a look at our handbook for more information.
The Department of Discipleship & Religious Education has partnered with the Department of Social Work and the Department of Behavioral Sciences to provide the following dual MA degrees.
Students will need to be accepted into both programs separately.
The Master's in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Master’s in Social Work is designed to equip students for various forms of ministry in which clinical and administrative skills in social work and ministry are needed; to enable students to integrate both ministry and social work knowledge, values and skills into a multifaceted approach to Christian service, thereby enhancing their usefulness as instruments of the Holy Spirit; and to sensitize them to nontraditional ministry opportunities by exposing them to theories and practice skills related to counseling approaches, person-in-environment, social and economic justice, human rights and global perspectives from a Christian worldview.
The Dual Degree Program in Community and International Development (CIDP) and Youth and Young Adult Ministry (MAYYAM) allows students to complete two degrees in three years. Students will be able to integrate their faith and develop skills related to program planning, implementation, and evaluation and will gain knowledge in principles of organizational behavior, leadership and management as they relate to non-profit organizations.
The Master of Arts (Religious Education) and Master of Social Work (MSW) is designed to equip students for various forms of ministry in which clinical and administrative skills in social work and religious education are needed.