Western Seminary M.A. in Ministry and Leadership

M.A. in Ministry and Leadership

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership degree program enables students to bring transformation to churches and parachurch organizations through a rich biblical understanding and a refined leadership skill set. This training spans communication theory, biblical studies, theology, discipleship and spiritual formation -- with the result that our students lead and serve effectively in a wide variety of global ministry roles. While this program is a great fit for support pastors or parachurch leaders, it is not designed to prepare individuals for roles that may require ordination.

 

CREDITS

60

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EARN A DEGREE

2

...In as few as two years

ONLINE

Yes

40 credits online,
20 on campus via
In-Ministry Track

ON CAMPUS

Portland
San Jose
Sacramento
Seattle (up to 28 credits)

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What Sets Western Seminary's Leadership Training Apart?

  • An “Open Track” allows students to build their own specialization and to acquire skills that are as unique and missional as their call to ministry
  • Survey all books of the Bible to explore how they expand the meaning of the Gospel
  • Four semesters of Mentored Field Ministry, experiencing challenge and success in serving real people, all under the supervision of a seasoned ministry practitioner
SPECIALIZATIONS INCLUDE:
Chaplaincy Open Track
Coaching Pastoral Care to Women
 Jewish Ministry Youth and Family Ministry

Curriculum

 
 

Accessible Scheduling

The M.A. in Ministry and Leadership may be completed in two years’ time through conventional courses on any of our seminary campuses, or by completing some studies at the Seattle Teaching Site in addition to final studies at any degree-granting campus. Students who live at a distance may also complete their training without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options, though their completion timeframe may be extended:

Monday Track Complete your training in one day of class on campus per week.
In-Ministry Track The In-Ministry Track combines 40 credits of online learning with 5 weeklong trips to campus for live courses.
Online Courses Take up to 40 credits online with support from human course instructors. Choose from any of 80 courses in any semester.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If an applicant does not have a bachelor's degree or does not meet one of the requirements above, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. in Ministry and Leadership admission requirements.

The great risk of seminary is that you may finish with an overflowing mind and unrealistic expectations of ministry. For my part, I gained the desire to "bring theology to life" at Western. Now, on the mission field, what I learned at Western is confirmed in my experiences. Instead of "real life" conflicting with seminary, it is utterly reinforcing it. The training I received at Western is daily being used by God to steady my feet and guide my steps.

Terry CokenourChurch PlanterM.A. in Ministry and Leadership GraduateBudapest, Hungary