Six elective courses selected by the student as part of a designed plan of study in ministry, in consultation with the student’s adviser and approved by the M.Min. coordinator. While the student may, with the permission of the adviser or Program Coordinator, take any graduate course in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, providing that the student meets the prerequisites, the entire set of courses should be a coherent plan of study for the ministry.
A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for graduation from the program, and no course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than a C.
Times and Format of Courses in the M.Min. Program
Courses are offered three times per year, in May, August, and January, on Olivet’s Bourbonnais campus. The university may, on an “on-demand basis,” offer additional courses at other off-campus sites. Courses are normally taught in an intensive modular format, beginning on Monday and concluding at noon on Friday. Coursework is assigned in preparation for, and following, the classroom session. To complete the work before and after the module, the student must have computer access to the internet. Assigned work following the session must be completed and submitted to the instructor for grading 30 days following the completion of the class session. Students with extenuating circumstances may request an extension, not to exceed four weeks, from the instructor.
A student is allowed six years from beginning the first graduate course to complete the entire M.Min. program. Coursework beyond six years is evaluated by the Program Coordinator, the Director of Graduate Studies, or the Dean of the School of Theology & Christian Ministry. Students granted permission for more than six years may be expected to meet current program requirements, and that may mean retaking one or more courses.
District superintendent scholarships are available to serving ministers in the Church of the Nazarene in the Olivet educational region. Application for these scholarships should be made directly to the pastor’s officiating district superintendent. Churches are encouraged to consider a matching-funds plan to assist serving ministers in their continuing education.
Certificate in Ministerial Studies
Students who do not wish to take courses for academic credit toward the degree may take the courses as continuing education leading to a Certificate in Ministerial Studies. The certificate may be earned by completing any five courses offered in the Master of Ministry program (with adjusted coursework expectations). Tuition for certificate participation would be at a reduced rate.