Degrees

M.A. in Ministry (MAM)

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 48-hour Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A. in Ministry) prepares you for ministry in congregational leadership, pastoral care, children, youth and family ministries, and aging and spirituality. This degree combines core Biblical and theological reflection to help you contextualize ministry in a rapidly changing world. You’ll integrate theology, history, sociology, ethics and leadership to develop capacities for 21st century ministry.

Study online. Stay on mission.

With an online Master of Arts in Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Complete this 48-hour MAM degree in as few as three years with online classes and as few as two, one-week campus visits. World-renowned scholars integrate theology, history, sociology, ethics and leadership into your coursework that’s designed specifically for your ministry context. Through campus-visits, online courses and practicums, you’ll gain a community of life-long friendships and practical skills to be a creative and innovative ministry leader.

What to Expect from the Degree

As you complete your degree, you will

  1. Articulate a practical theology of ministry, grounded in the biblical narrative and orthodox theology with attention to your specialized ministry track, informed by insights from human sciences, church tradition and experience.
  2. Demonstrate competency in ministry practices of leading, preaching and teaching, and equipping congregations.
  3. Design faith-forming processes and programs specific to the student’s specialized ministry track. 

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact working of Program Learning Outcomes.

Complete your degree on campus or online.

Study online. Complete select masters degrees without leaving home by taking two-thirds of your classes online and completing the remaining third through on-campus intensives.

Study on campus. Complete your degree in one of our three locations—Kentucky, Florida or Memphis. Choose to work through your degree in either a residential or urban ministry format or cohort model.

Stay on mission. However you choose to pursue your degree, you’ll develop the biblical and theological understanding essential for a vibrant, contemporary ministry rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.

Advanced Standing

Save time and money with our advanced standing program. Here’s how it works.

If you received a religion major or minor from an accredited college or university, you can receive a maximum of 18 credits toward a master of divinity degree or 12 credits toward a master of arts degree.

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Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Spring

Summer

Fall

 

January 15

May 15

August 15

  • Application (online at asbury.to/apply)
  • $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • M.A. and M.Div. programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0, except for the M.A. (BS), M.A.(TS), and Counseling programs, which require a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
  • Personal history essay
    • Share your life story, including at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in Seminary.
    • What draws you to this particular area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
    • Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
  • Four references
    • 1 Pastoral
    • 1 Academic
    • 2 Professional/Peer References
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
  • Background Check 
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

The Master of Arts in Ministry is offered as an approved exception to the Association of Theological Schools’ Standard B, section B.3.1.3.

The Masters of Arts in Ministry has been submitted for approval to the Association of Theological Schools and a positive response is imminent.

Complete your degree on campus or online.

Study online. Complete your degree without leaving home by taking a portion of your classes online and completing the remaining through on-campus intensives.

Study on campus. Complete your degree in one of our three locations—Kentucky, Florida or Memphis. Choose to work through your degree in either a residential or urban ministry format or cohort model.

Stay on mission. However you choose to pursue your degree, you’ll develop the biblical and theological understanding essential for a vibrant, contemporary ministry rooted in the Wesleyan tradition.

The MAM program is offered at the following locations:

Kentucky (Wilmore)
Orlando
Memphis
Online

Aging and Spirituality—Explore the essential relationship between aging and spirituality in preparation for second-half-of-life ministry in congregations, retirement communities, and elder care contexts.

Children and Family—Explore the many models and facets of early-life spiritual formation in preparation for purposeful ministry with children and families in congregations, camps, and other agencies.

Youth and Family—Develop a love for, knowledge of, and skills needed to minister to youth and their families in the local church and community.

Congregational Leadership—Develop Kingdom-Centered leadership capacities and qualities as you explore what it means to lead in faith communities, the marketplace, or non-profit organizations.

Pastoral Care—Develop ancient and contemporary perspectives and skills for pastoral counseling and care-giving of persons across diverse life experiences.  This degree prepares for ministry as a pastor, pastoral care-giver, lay counselor, chaplain, or licensed pastoral counselor.

General—Customize your degree electives for your own vocational path by taking classes in biblical interpretation, spiritual formation, church planting, preaching, or a multiple age-level concentration. 

Hrs

Course ID

Course Name

Master of Arts Required Courses

3

CD501

Vocation of Ministry

3

BT501

Narrative of the Bible

3

CH501

Church History—One

3

TH501

Basic Christian Doctrine

3

MS501

Missional Formation

3

NT510/NT511

Inductive Bible Study—One

3

TH601

Theology of John Wesley

3

CS601

Christian Ethics

3

CD605

Gospel Catechesis: Transformative Discipleship

3

CD560/CD/YM660/PR610

Transformative Teaching or Teaching the Bible to Youth & Adults or The Theology and Practice of Preaching

3

CD/CL/YM692 or CD/CL/SF613

Multiple Staff/Team Ministry or The Theology and Practice of Equipping the Laity

3

CD502

Practical Theology

 

We offer tracks in Aging and Spirituality, Children and Family Ministry, Congregational Leadership, Pastoral Care, and Youth and Family Ministry Elective courses vary based on selected track. 

 

Hrs

Course ID

Course Name

Master of Arts: Aging and Spirituality Electives

3

AS520

Community Relationships, Resources, and Programs Ministry

3

AS530

Spiritual Resiliency and Worship

3

AS663

Aging, Spirituality, and Ministry

3

MMXXX

Mentored Ministry Capstone

 

Hrs

Course ID

Course Name

Master of Arts: Children and Family Ministry Electives

3

CD520

Theology for Children and Youth

3

CD657

Models of Children Ministry

3

CD/MF615

Family Development: Discipleship and the Home

3

MMXXX

Mentored Ministry Capstone

 

Hrs

Course ID

Course Name

Master of Arts: Congregational Leadership Electives

3

PC510/PC515

Care of Persons or Pastoral Crisis Intervention

3

WO510/WO515

Worship Leadership in the Church or Sacramental Theology

3

CL/MS617

Leading Change

3

MMXXX

Mentored Ministry Capstone

 

Hrs

Course ID

Course Name

Master of Arts: Pastoral Care Electives

3

PC510

Care of Persons

3

PC515

Pastoral Crisis Intervention

3

PC520

Pastoral Diagnosis

3

MMXXX/PC655

Mentored Ministry Capstone or Clinical Pastoral Education

 

Hrs

Course ID

Course Name

Master of Arts: Pastoral Care Electives

3

CD520

Theology for Children and Youth

3

YM658

Models of Youth Ministry

3

CD/MF615

Family Development: Discipleship and the Home

3

MMXXX

Mentored Ministry Capstone

 

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually to help you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance

Degree

Total Credits

Cost

Master of Arts

48 credits

$599/credit hour

Total

 

$28,752

Academic Year 2015-2016

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$75 per semester

$50 per semester

Graduation Fee

$90 one-time fee

$50 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$100 per semester

$50 per semester

Scholarships

Institutional scholarships are available through Asbury Theological Seminary. Scholarships are highly competitive and priority consideration is given to those who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Specific scholarships will be offered in the form of an invitation to those who meet the eligibility requirements.  

Part-Time Scholarship for Incoming Fall 2016 Students

Many people desire an Asbury Seminary experience. However, because of life, workload, expenses and the possibility of relocation, may never further their education. Our Part-Time Student Scholarship program is designed with the working adult in mind. It’s easy and flexible!

The Part-Time Student Scholarship awards new students up to $1,000 per semester and up to $3,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for complimentary housing during intensive classes.

Criteria includes:

  • Enrollment in one of these degree programs
    • Master of Arts in Leadership
    • Master of Arts [T.S.] with concentrations in Philosophy & Apologetics or Spiritual Formation
    • Master of Divinity via distance learning
  • Participate in two Christian service activities per year
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Continuous enrollment required for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms

To apply once admitted to the Seminary:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Contact aid@asburyseminary.edu to inquire and apply.

Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas Pastoral Scholarships

The Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas Pastoral Scholarship is a $12,000 annual award given to those pursuing a theological degree. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need.

Criteria includes:

  • Commitment to begin active ministry through local church ministry, church planting or mission work following graduation
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Maintain full-time student status (21 hours annually)

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word essay on the way your intended vocational goal and this scholarship will better enable you to accomplish God’s call on your life.

Presidential Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship exhibit both outstanding academic and leadership skills. This scholarship covers up to 100% of tuition.

Criteria includes:

  • Undergraduate cumulative 3.75 GPA
  • Maintain full-time student status (21 hours annually) & a 3.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through involvement in a local worship community
  • Participate in a minimum of four Christian service activities annually
  • Commit to begin active ministry following graduation

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word essay on how you anticipate a Seminary education will equip you for future leadership.

Johnson International Scholarship

The Johnson International Scholarship is a need-based scholarship, covering up to 100% of tuition. The scholarship is available to non-U.S. residents who plan to assume leadership roles within their home country after graduation.

Criteria includes:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and regular service in a local congregation, campus ministry, mission outreach or social service OR a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA and notable leadership in a local congregation, campus ministry, mission outreach or social service
  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate faithful involvement in a local worship community, as well as the Seminary community
  • Complete an Asbury Seminary-approved financial planning seminar or workshop during the first term of study to re-qualify for subsequent terms
  • Commit to enter into active ministry in his/her homeland following completion of academic work

To be eligible for additional scholarship, complete the International Student Questionnaire Form. This form will be made available to you once the admissions process has started.

Special Scholarships

These scholarships do not require an invitation and are generated from either Endowed or Restricted funds. Recipients of Special Scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need. You must complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive these scholarships.

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