In the summer of 2021, Gordon-Conwell formally transitioned to new degree programs. Learn More. The program below remains active for students who entered before that time who have not yet graduated. No new students are being accepted into this specific program.

New Degrees



Master of Arts — Christian Ministries

Quick Facts

Credit hours: 60
Completion time: 2 years (full-time study)
Digital Option: 100% digital/remote
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Program Overview

Whether you plan to serve in a church, para-church, mission, campus ministry or marketplace setting, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries will prepare you for effective ministry wherever God calls you. Combining excellent academic training and practical ministry skills, the M.A. in Christian Ministries provides a solid foundation in multiple disciplines and enhances students’ proficiency in serving the Lord and others.

Program Distinctives

  • 50-percent of the degree can be completed entirely online
  • Degree can be completed in 3 years with as little as 4 campus visits
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities while offering course credit
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and web-enhanced) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty

Typical Student

If you’re looking to sharpen your ministry skills and acquire the tools needed for your particular ministry goals, this degree is for you. Designed with the working professional in mind, the M.A. in Christian Ministries gives you the opportunity to earn a degree without relocating and/or sacrificing family, ministry or work obligations.

Potential Careers

  • Pastors and church leaders
  • Para-church leaders and staff
  • Missionaries
  • Campus ministry
  • Marketplace ministry
  • Community organizers

Degree Goals

  • Students will be Scripturally grounded and fluent. They will be able to faithfully comprehend, interpret, and apply the English Bible within their own lives and the various contexts of ministry in which they serve.
  • Students will have a high and realistic vision of Christian ministry. They will be able to pursue their specific ministries with the vocational, academic, and theological excellence suited to the specific callings they pursue.
  • Students will be prepared for various ministry roles. They will be able to exegete their personal sense of ministerial calling and identity to develop academically and theologically informed modes of practice within their specific ministries.
  • Students will be knowledgeable about Christian formation. They will develop and practice personal models for ongoing spiritual formation and development and will be equipped to promote Christian formation in community, in the church, and other relevant contexts.
  • Students will be culturally sensitive and societally engaged. Students will understand and practice their specific ministries with an appropriate awareness of how ministry and the mission of the Church are shaped by historic, cultural, and ethnic dimensions of society.
  • Students will be globally aware and committed to the Gospel. Students will be able to comprehend the Christian faith and its multiple expressions though time and culture as an ongoing commitment to the Mission of God in Christ.

You Can Afford Seminary

Scholarships & Financial Aid Are Available

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