Christian Ministry and Leadership, M.A.C.M.L. (Biblical and Pastoral Ministry)

Degree Program

The Biblical and Pastoral Ministry specialization (formerly Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) is designed for students who want to focus on local church ministries. Students are equipped to communicate God’s Word by providing the necessary skills to interpret and apply Scripture to the lives of God’s people in a manner that is faithful to the text, clearly communicated and relevant to their particular ministry context.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate abilities relevant to personal spiritual formation, including an understanding of spiritual theology, knowledge of God and self, relational skills, and an understanding of their vocation (ULO 3).
  2. Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1). 
  3. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and perspectives from specialization-specific content of the Christian Ministry and Leadership program to determine implications for professional practice (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). Applicants who do not possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited institution may still apply and may be provisionally admitted at the discretion of Talbot School of Theology. Additionally, applicants should have completed an accredited course in Old Testament survey and in New Testament survey prior to matriculation. To meet the prerequisite, students must have received a C or higher in approved undergraduate or graduate survey courses from a regionally accredited institution. If the prerequisite courses are not completed prior to matriculation, the student is required to take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520 during their program.

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 52 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum charts below.

  2. Students without previous courses in Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520, in addition to the standard curriculum.

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

  4. At least 26 of the total credits required for the degree program must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing and transfer credits 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 academic records and degree specialist 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 of Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership with a specialization in Biblical and Pastoral Ministry is comprised of 52 credits, including:

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

Combined B.A. - M.A. Program

Students in Biola University's Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry with a concentration in Biblical and Pastoral Ministry may take graduate courses in their senior year, allowing the completion of a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in an accelerated format. See the Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry for the undergraduate portion of the accelerated B.A. - M.A. program.

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Program Core 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
Biblical and Pastoral Ministry Courses
TTPT 591Field Apprenticeship I1
TTPT 592Field Apprenticeship II0
TTPT 602Pastoral Ministry3
TTPT 609Expository Preaching3
TTPT 610Contemporary Biblical Preaching3
TTPT 691Field Apprenticeship III0
TTPT 703The Church and Society3
TTPT 707Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling2
TTPT 730Biblical Leadership and Management3
TTPT 791Field Apprenticeship IV0
Language/Exegesis Courses
Select one of the following options:12
New Testament:
Beginning Greek I
Beginning Greek II
Introduction to Exegesis
Exegesis in the Gospels
Exegesis in the Epistles
Old Testament:
Elements of Hebrew I
Elements of Hebrew II
Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis
Hebrew Exegesis
Elective (any approved TTPT course) 13
Total Credits52

See Department for approval.