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.
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.
- hold an earned BA or equivalent (for example, a BS or BRE).
- have completed 30 undergrad credits of Bible and Theology.
- have an undergrad GPA of 2.5 or greater. However, applicants with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A GRE test is not required. 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.
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
- PhD student
- MDiv student
- pastoral counselor
Visit the Masters Tuition page for up-to-date cost information.
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.
Graduate Program Calendar
Fall 2023 Dates
- August 14th: Fall classes convene
- October 22-28th: Break (Aldersgate Form)
- November 13th-December 1st: Spring Registration
- November 19th-25: Thanksgiving Break
- December 1st: Program and scholarship application deadline for Spring 2024
- December 16th: Fall classes end
Spring 2024 Dates
- January 8th: Classes Convene
- January 13th: Add/Drop Deadline
- February 19-24th: Late Winter Break
- March 2nd: Withdraw Deadline
- April 8-13th: Spring Break
- May 4th: Spring Classes End
- May 17th: Graduate Breakfast & Commencement Practice (Optional)
- May 18th: Commencement