A Degree as Unique as Your Call.

A seminary education tailored to fit your unique call to ministry. The Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree at GRTS is designed with flexibility in mind. A core group of classes in Bible, Theology, and Ministry provide a strong foundation for the program. You decide which classes to take in order to complete your degree. Choose a mix of classes that cover many different areas of study, or choose one main focus such as biblical studies, theology, ministry courses, or counseling classes.

Starting in the fall 2020 semester and going forward, we are moving to a HyFlex approach to the classroom experience. HyFlex means hybrid-flexible, and this course design model combines three different learning modalities into one class.

Program Highlights

  • 62 credits
  • Includes 15 credits of electives for you to customize your program
  • Use elective classes to specialize in a focus area: Bible, Theology, Ministry, or Counseling
  • Flexible class scheduling 
  • Complete up to 1/4 program online
  • Program length is 2-4 years
  • Take classes while working full-time
  • 77% students receive financial aid

Ministry Degrees at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Explore our degree programs to see what would fit your ministry goals best as you further your education.

The program checklist lists the courses required for the degree. Depending on how many classes you want to take each semester, the typical M.A. Christian Studies student completes the program in 2-4 years. Full-time students takes 11+ credits per semester and part-time students take 5+ credits per semester.

Career Opportunities

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Para-church Ministry
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Associate Pastor