Master of Arts in Christian Ministry/Master of Arts in Leadership


The dual MA in Christian Ministry/MA in Leadership gives students a strong foundation in both Christian ministry and leadership topics. This dual degree thus gives students an understanding of theology and best practices for ministry alongside key concepts for leadership effectiveness. Upon completing this dual degree, students will be equipped to lead effectively in a variety of ministry settings.   


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.

Note:  Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

MA in Christian Ministry Prerequisites

  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey

Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 3 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

MA IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM- 27 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry
MACM 6309 - Shepherding in the 21st Century
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship
Electives - Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.
Six (6) hours of the MA in Leadership Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum.

MA IN LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change  
MAL 5308 - Great Leaders in History
MAL 5309 - Revolutionary Power: Leadership in the Lives of the Founding Fathers (Experiential Learning Trip to Washington, D.C. or Boston)
MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership
MAL 6303 - Leadership in Conflict and Adversity
MAL 6304 - Leadership Communication
MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
MAL 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics
Three (3) hours of the MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MA in Leadership Required Curriculum.


3 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

27 hours

MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Leadership Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

Refer to course descriptions in the back of this catalog for course prerequisites.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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