2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Christian Ministry, M.A.

Jeffery Stark, D.Min., Coordinator

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry offers both basic and advanced ministerial preparation in four areas: (1) biblical knowledge, (2) theological knowledge, (3) practical application in ministry, and (4) personal spiritual growth and formation as a minister. For students with little or no undergraduate study in Bible, theology, or ministry, this M.A. provides an academic and practical gateway to ministerial education; the program, however, will proceed at a graduate pace and level and will expect the student to be academically and personally mature. For students with an undergraduate background in Bible, theology, or ministry, this M.A. offers options for more advanced study in ministry.

Although this is a gateway program, persons already engaged in ministry may have a flexible enough schedule to commute each week to Olivet’s campus for this program, which allows a wider variety of options over the Master of Ministry. Those with previous undergraduate study in theology, biblical studies or ministry may find that the possibility of more advanced courses in ministry means that the M.A. in Christian Ministry better suits their needs.

36 hours


A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better is required to complete this program. No course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than C.

Program Format

Classes in the M.A. in Christian Ministry program meet in both modular and traditional formats. For a more detailed explanation of these course formats, please see “Academic Policies - SGCS: Program Formats ”.

Time Limits

A student is allowed four years from beginning the first graduate course to complete the entire MA.CRMN program. Coursework beyond four 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 four years may be expected to meet current program requirements, and that may mean retaking one or more courses.