I’d recommend GBS’s MA for the same reason I recommend GBS’s BAs. They go deeper.

It’s not about head knowledge and it’s not about a “feelings” religion either. I see a lot of educated pastors who are professional performers. That’s not what GBS is.  I think it’s a good balance of what the Christian life is. That’s what they’re teaching pastors to be.

Ben Highley

Graduate, MA in Ministry

Master of Arts in Ministry


This degree is designed for those with Bible college undergrad degrees who want grad-level theology and ministry training.

It has an 18-hour core of Bible and Theology and an 18-hour customizable concentration defined by each student.

The concentration can consist of classes on Bible, theology, apologetics, preaching, or graduate classes in some other field transferred from another school. Because this is a ministry degree, at least six concentration credits will need to be in practical theology.

The guiding requirement is that your concentration must work together with the Bible and Theology core to equip you to minister in your field, whether that is pastoring, chaplaincy, business, or something else. We’ll work with you at the beginning of your degree to define your concentration.

No knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is required.


Why pursue an MA in Ministry at GBSC?

  • Flexibility. Graduate classes are completely online, from homework to live class sessions. No need to relocate or upset your schedule. Our degrees are designed for active pastors, missionaries, and lay ministers.
  • Customization. With 18 hours of electives, the you can shape your MA in Ministry to emphasize Christian counseling, preaching, evangelism and apologetics, church planting, discipleship, or ministry leadership. For specifics, see the catalog’s course listing.
  • Theology. We are committed to the authority of God’s inerrant Word. We are Wesleyan-Arminian and passionate about the message of Spirit-filled, holy living.

Degree Structure (Suggested Sequence)

Biblical Studies 12 hours
Theological Studies 6 hours
Concentration Electives 18 hours

Complete one of these concentrations, design your own using electives from several content areas, or transfer in up to 18 hours of qualifying electives.

Whether you create your own concentration or choose one of these, 6 concentration hours must be in practical theology. 

Total 36 hours

Program Format

36 credit hours

Students may take classes…

  • Full-time: 3 classes (9 credit hours) per term.
  • Part-time: 1-2 classes (3-6 credit hours) per term.

Students went on to be a

  • Bible teacher
  • missionary
  • PhD student
  • MDiv student
  • pastoral counselor
  • chaplain


Visit the Masters Tuition page for up-to-date cost information.

Homework Load

Students report spending 7-12 hours weekly per graduate course.

Financial Aid Options

  • FAFSA offers unsubsidized loans.
  • GBSC offers some scholarships. Visit the Financial Aid page for more information.



Next Steps

Graduate Program Calendar

Fall 2020 Dates

  • Aug. 17: Fall semester start
  • Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Fall break
  • Nov. 16-22: Optional break
  • Nov. 1: Program and scholarship  application deadline for Spring 2021
  • Nov. 23-29: Thanksgiving break 
  • Dec. 12: Fall semester end
  • Dec. 19: Fall semester end if optional break is taken

Spring 2021 Dates

  • Jan. 18: Spring classes convene
  • Mar. 21-27: Late winter break
  • Apr. 1: Program and scholarship application deadline for Summer 2021
  • Apr. 2: Last day to withdraw from Spring 2021 classes.
  • Apr. 18-24: Spring break
  • May 15: Graduate spring term end

Summer 2021 Dates

  • May 31: Summer classes convene
  • June 1: Program and scholarship application deadline for Fall 2021
  • June 28-July 4: Summer break
  • July 31: Graduate summer term end


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