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 be 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 MA in Ministry will be shaped with an emphasis in 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 Studies12 hours
Theological Studies6 hours
Concentration Electives18 hours

These are some of the areas in which we offers electives:

Total36 hours

Program Format

Two semesters per year, Fall and Spring.

Students may take classes…

  • Full-time: 3 courses (9 credit hours) per semester. Graduate after 4 semesters.
  • Part-time: 1-2 courses (3-6 credit hours) per semester. Graduate after 6-12 semesters.

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 on homework for one graduate course.

Financial Aid Options



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