2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Ministry, M.M.

Jeffery Stark, D.Min., Coordinator

The Master of Ministry program is designed to resource serving ministers for effective leadership in missional congregations by equipping them and developing in them theological and practical competencies with a missional focus in the practice of ministry. The program focuses on integrating the best available resources of scholarship, ministry specialists, and contemporary ministry models with the practice of ministry.

30 hours


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 January, May, and July or August, 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.

Time Limits

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.


Scholarships are available to serving ministers in both the Church of the Nazarene and non-Nazarene Churches. Application and verification for these scholarships should be made directly to the Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. 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.