Christian Ministry and Leadership, M.A.C.M.L. (Women's Ministries)

This specialization is in teach out phase, no new students will be admitted at this time.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments (ULO 1).
  2. Exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics (ULO 3).
  3. Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance, and assess non-evangelical doctrines from an evangelical perspective (ULO 1).
  4. Describe and explain (a) a basic knowledge of Spiritual Theology (the integrative study of Scripture and the ministry of the Indwelling Holy Spirit regarding the nature, process and directives of spiritual transformation in Christ) (b) their experience and understanding of the Double Knowledge of God and oneself in truth and (c) how these impact personal vocation and ministries in the local church (ULO 2).
  5. Employ empathetic listening skills in leadership and counseling contexts (ULO 1).
  6. Develop strategies and programs for pastoral ministry in church or parachurch environments (ULO 1).
  7. Employ ministry skills in leadership areas such as preaching, administration, teaching, counseling, and worship (ULO 3).
  8. Develop redemptive church ministries to their communities in society and culture, being relevant to current sociopolitical issues and ethical problems (ULO 3).
  9. Employ leadership capabilities to deal with the growing complexity and challenges that leaders face daily as they guide people toward shared goals (ULO 3).
  10. Describe how their own personal growth issues may hinder their ability to minister (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 49 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum chart below.
  2. Students without previous courses in Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520, which are not for credit unless taken in place of general elective credits.

  3. Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.

  4. At least 24 of the total credits required for the degree program must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing and transfer credit are not considered residency credits.
  5. Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
  6. Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
  7. Meet with a Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section.)

Program Structure

The academic program leading to the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership with a specialization in Women's Ministries is comprised of 49 credits, including:

  1. Biblical and theological foundations.
  2. Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
  3. Ministry skills.
  4. Additional elective courses determined by the student in consultation with the advisor.

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses 1
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Program Courses
TTBE 517Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods3
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 504Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines1
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTSF 506Talbot Spiritual Direction II0
TTTH 521Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation3
TTTH 522Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation3
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Women's Ministries Specialization Courses
TTPT 609Expository Preaching3
TTPT 634Foundations of Women's Ministries3
TTPT 635Toward a Philosophy of Ministry to Women3
TTPT 636Evangelizing and Ministering to Women in the Present Culture3
TTPT 637Family Issues in Women's Ministry3
TTPT 638Survey of Biblical and Historical Women in Ministry3
TTPT 639Developing Leadership Teams3
TTPT 699Women's Ministries Internship 23
TTPT 707Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling2
TTPT 708Advanced Pastoral Counseling3
Elective Course
General elective course1
Total Credits49