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 undergraduate degrees who would like graduate-level theological and practical ministry training. With a core of 18 hours and 18 hours of electives, the degree will be crafted to target the ministry field in which the student is currently serving or planning to serve. Language proficiency in Greek and Hebrew is not required.

Why pursue an MA in Ministry at GBSC?

  • Flexibility. Graduate courses are completely online, from homework to live class sessions. No need to relocate or upset your schedule. Our degrees are designed with active pastors, missionaries, and lay ministers in mind.
  • Customization. With 18 hours of electives, the MA in Ministry can be shaped with an emphasis in Christian counseling, expository preaching, evangelism and apologetics, church planting and discipleship, or ministry leadership. See the complete course listing for more information.
  • Accreditation. Our degrees are both regionally (HLC) and nationally (ABHE) accredited.
  • Theology. We are committed to the authority of God’s infallible, inerrant Word. We are Wesleyan-Arminian and passionate about articulating the message of Spirit-filled, holy living.


Applicants must…

  • hold an earned BA or equivalent (e.g., BS, BRE).
  • have completed 30 undergraduate credits of Bible and Theology.
  • have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicants with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A GRE test is not required.

Undergraduate Bible and Theology courses are available online. More information here. For a complete list of suggested undergraduate Bible and Theology courses, see the Graduate Catalog.

Degree Structure (Suggested Course Sequence)

Core 18 hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3

Practical Theology Electives

We offer electives in the following areas:

  • Christian counseling
  • Church planting & discipleship
  • Evangelism and apologetics
  • Expository preaching & teaching
  • Ministry leadership
18 hours
Total 36 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

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



Next Steps


We are accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). See why having both matters.


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