Christian Ministry and Leadership, M.A.C.M.L. (Ministry and Leadership)
The Ministry and Leadership specialization is designed with built-in flexibility so students can take elective courses that are most relevant to their current or future ministry context (e.g., family ministry, youth ministry, small groups, parachurch leadership, business administration, etc.).
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership specialization, students will be able to:
- 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).
- Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
- 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.
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.
- Satisfactorily complete 49 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum chart below.
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.
Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.
- At least 25 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.
- Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
- Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
- 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).
The academic program leading to the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership is comprised of 49 credits, including:
- Biblical and theological foundations.
- Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
- Ministry skills.
Combined B.A. - M.A. Program
Students in Biola University's Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry with a concentration in Ministry and Leadership 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.
|Prerequisite Courses 1|
|Old Testament Survey|
|New Testament Survey|
|TTBE 517||Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods||3|
|TTSF 501||Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation||3|
|TTSF 503||Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation||3|
|TTSF 504||Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines||1|
|TTSF 505||Talbot Spiritual Direction I||0|
|TTSF 506||Talbot Spiritual Direction II||0|
|TTTH 521||Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation||3|
|TTTH 522||Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation||3|
|TTTH 623||Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things||3|
|Ministry & Leadership Specialization Courses|
|TTPT 510||Evangelism and Disciple-Making Strategies||3|
|TTPT 602||Pastoral Ministry||3|
|TTPT 703||The Church and Society||3|
|TTPT 730||Biblical Leadership and Management||3|
|Leadership & Management|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers|
|Biblical Management and Ethics|
|Organizational Change and Leadership|
|Developing Strategic Church Ministries|
|Theology of Work|
|Evangelism, Missions, & Inter-cultural Ministry|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Introduction to World Missions|
|Church Growth and Church Planting in the USA|
|The Asian Church in the American Society|
|Contemporary Theology 2|
|Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Youth Ministry in Contemporary Culture|
|Adult and Family Ministries in the Local Church|
|Marital Counseling 3|
|Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling 4|
|Small Group Ministries|
|Seminar in Pastoral Counseling 3,4|
TTBE 519 Old Testament Survey and TTBE 520 New Testament Survey are prerequisites for this degree. To meet the prerequisite, students must have received a "C" or higher in approved undergraduate or graduate survey courses from a regionally accredited institution. Students who enroll without the prerequisite courses must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520 before graduating. Credits from these courses may count as general elective courses, or may add to the length of the program if general elective courses are not available.
If selected, TTTH 709 must be taken for 3 credits.
If TTPT 707 (2-credit course) is taken, TTPT 765 must be taken for 1 credit in a future semester in the program, not concurrently.