Focused on equipping leaders in an area of specialized, church-related ministry.
Your MA in Ministry specialization is unique to your current ministry context in a local church, parachurch, or another church-related ministry. Our broadly evangelical heritage and rich pool of faculty experience, combined with the flexibility to focus your program very specifically, make the MA in Ministry an excellent way to grow in wise stewardship of the ministry God’s given you.
Where can this degree take me?
Rather than being a bridge to a particular vocational or educational goal, the MA in Ministry is meant to enrich and deepen your current ministry context.
What will I study?
Courses you’ll take include the following:
Biblical, Theological, and Historical Studies - 12-15 hours
A minimum of one course (2 hours) each in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, and History
Ministry Practice and Context* - 12-15 hours
A minimum of four courses in ministry application, two of which (6 hours total) must be in a particular area of ministry specialization that provides a foundation for the capstone integrative experience.
Required: PT 5000 Personal Assessment and Ministry Orientation
*Areas of Ministry Specialization recently completed by MA in Ministry graduates or current students include those below. These areas and courses are suggested and may vary according to the needs of the student and availability of courses. While 6 hours in a Specialization are required, 6-9 additional hours plus the Capstone Experience enable a student to complete as many as 14 or more semester hours in the Specialization. Course work is also available through cross-registration into other seminaries in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) consortium. Consult your advisor for course recommendations.
Capstone - 3-6 hours
- ID 7465 MA in Min Capstone Experience 3-6 hrs
A ministry-based experience that integrates the biblical/theological/historical with the ministry practice and context components of the program and provides the capacity for further specialized service in the church (ID 7465). This intensive experience may be a practicum or a project and (for 3 semester hours) will reflect a minimum of 168 hours (12 hr/wk for 14 wks) of experiential learning and be accompanied by a 7,500-to-10,000-word (25-30 page) critical analysis paper demonstrating integration of program components with the area of ministry specialization.
All MA in Ministry students must fulfill field education requirements.
Field education and internships involve supervised work in a field-based ministry, which is generally a Christian organization or church outside of the TEDS community. This part of the TEDS degree programs is designed to:
- Integrate classroom studies with on-the-ground ministry.
- Aid in acquiring, reinforcing, and refining ministry knowledge and skills.
- Assist in the assessment and development of Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call and identity.
Field education and internship experiences are guided by a supervisor who serves as a mentor and equipper. Opportunities for Trinity students in the Chicago metropolitan area are abundant and diverse. Field education and internship courses may be taken in any semester and completed anywhere in the world. Students enrolled at Extension Sites and at the Florida Regional Center are required to meet the same field ed requirements as students enrolled at the Deerfield campus.
Field education is a program requirement in all programs and is a prerequisite for the internship requirement as part of the MDiv program. Before beginning any field education, all students must attend or complete the field education orientation. New students (Deerfield campus only) enrolling in their first field education or internship must attend this orientation session at the beginning of the semester while Extension or Florida Regional Center students can do so online. Field Education and Internship requirements are only satisfied when they meet the appropriate time commitments necessary for completion.
The Areas of Ministry Specialization listed below are four potential tracks for the MA in Ministry programs. These areas of ministry specialization and the courses listed in each area are suggested and may vary according to the needs of the student and availability of courses.
- Preaching and Teaching
- Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care
- Cultural Engagement
What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?
Besides the requirements for general admission, you’ll want to be aware of the following basic prerequisites:
- You’ll need an accredited baccalaureate degree;
- Your GPA must be at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (though there can be exceptions);
- You’ll need to have taken courses in Old Testament, New Testament, and theology;
- We’ll ask for a personal ministry statement, a formal pastoral or ministry supervisor letter of recommendation, and we may request an interview.
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