Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

Asbury Seminary’s 60-hour Master of Arts in Christian Ministries builds upon biblical, historical, theological and contextual foundations to prepare you for your ministry calling, specifically tailored to your role within the Church. This professional degree develops both general and specific theological knowledge as a foundation for the practical abilities to nurture others in faith communities.

What to Expect from the Degree

As you complete your degree, you’ll be able to

  1. Locate your specific vocation within the larger context of Christian heritage and calling, grounded in theological studies.
  2. Understand and integrate relevant resources with contextual and cultural dynamics related to human and church needs, methods, practices and models of response.
  3. Effectively contribute to your faith community with specific competencies related to Christian ministry.
  4. Practice critical and constructive values within a dynamic learning community.
  5. Cultivate holy love of God and neighbor through both knowledge and practice in the Christian disciplines of service and grace.

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

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 12 credits toward a Master of Arts degree.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools where at least 12 hours of coursework was completed
  • Personal History Essay – 1050-1500 words (350-500 words per question)
    1. Share your testimony starting with how you met 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.
    2. What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
    3. Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
    4. Optional: If your GPA is not a good indication of your academic ability, please explain.
  • Four references (references cannot be related to applicant)
    1. Four references, including a pastoral reference (required) and a professor or academic administrator reference (recommended). Laity or personal acquaintances are accepted.
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5
  • Background check (completed by the Admissions Office)
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee
Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 WO510 Worship Leadership in the Church
3 PC510 Care of Persons
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 CD605 Gospel Catechesis: Transformative Discipleship [PRQ: TH501]
3 CH502 Church History Two
3 CL605 Christian Leadership Identity
3 MS708 World Religions and Mission
3 MM514 OR MM520 Mentored Ministry—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or 511, TH501]
3 MM614 OR MM620 Mentored Ministry—Two [PRQ: MM520/ MM514]
3 MM714 OR MM720 Mentored Ministry—Three [PRQ: MM520/514, MM620/614]
3 PR610 The Theology and Practice of Preaching [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or 511, TH501]
As Needed
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course

Asbury Seminary awards more than 400 scholarships annually because we want you to graduate with minimal debt. We offer too many scholarships to list conclusively. For more information, email

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete your online application.
  2. Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Once you’re admitted to the Seminary, you will receive an Asbury Seminary Financial Aid form.
  4. After completing this, the Financial Aid office will contact you with any scholarship offers.

Cost of Attendance: 2023-2024

Degree Total Credits Cost
Master of Arts 60 credits $712/credit hour
Total $42,720
Academic Year 2022-2023 All Campuses Fall/Spring All Campuses Summer
Technology Fee $225 per semester $110 per semester
Graduation Fee $200 one-time fee $200 one-time fee
Student Services Fee $160 per semester $80 per semester


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), the Asbury Financial Aid Application, and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Recipients of scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need.

Some of the scholarships include:

  • Mary Whetstone and Walter J. Knabe Scholarship – average award $10,700
  • Windgate Scholarship – average award $10,000
  • J.C. McPheeters Scholarship – average award $7,000
  • Timothy C. Tennent Church Planting and Cross-Cultural Missionary Service Scholarship – average award $4,500
  • Leo H. Naughton Scholarship – average award $3,200
  • Asbury Deans Scholarship – average award $1,500