Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Ministry Leadership

Next cohort launch: September 2015

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Program Summary

CU Online

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership degree is designed for those in ministry leadership positions who want advanced biblical, theological and ministry education to promote personal, spiritual and professional growth. Developing skills in biblical interpretation and a philosophy of ministry leadership are central components of the degree program.

The MA in Ministry Leadership degree…

  1. Promotes your personal, spiritual and professional growth through advanced biblical, theological, and ministerial education
  2. Enhances your immediate effectiveness, knowledge and competency in biblical interpretation and ministry
  3. Encourages your pursuit of peer, lifelong education and the continuing development of essential personal and professional ministry skills
  4. Offers an inviting environment for ministry professionals and lay to pursue continuing education that offers spiritual, theological and leadership formation and training

Cornerstone University confers the M.A. in Ministry Leadership degree, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The degree is not intended as a basis for doctoral study.

Cornerstone University also offers Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited Seminary degrees through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  M.A. Ministry Leadership students work in consortium with GRTS as the graduate bookstore is located at the GRTS building and professors teach for both the CU programs and GRTS programs.   

Curriculum

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership degree is cohort-based, which means that groups of 12-15 students journey through the program together.  The program consists of 36-credit hours. The  curriculum contains a core of Bible and theology and ministry courses with opportunities for specialization through elective courses. 

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Online classes will be taken in a 15-week format. This allows students to complete the program in 2-4 years!

Questions?

Contact an Admissions Counselor today at 1.800.697.1133 | graduateadmissions@cornerstone.edu

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Program Details

 Credit Hours

  • 36 Total credits (12 courses)

2015-2016 Tuition

  • $435/Credit Hour

Delivery Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 2-4 years depending on pace. 
    • Students can choose a 3 credits/semester part-time plan or a 6 credits/semester full-time plan.

Faculty

Click here for a listing of CU Online and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Faculty. 

Admission Requirements

  • Main Application (free)
  • Official transcripts demonstrating a 2.5 GPA in a completed bachelors degree at an accredited institution. 
    • Mail to: Graduate Admissions at Cornerstone University | 1001 E. Beltline Ave. NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Ministry Reference
  • Personal Reference

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Program Courses

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership program offers flexibility needed by full-time ministry leaders and those in market place ministry.  The program consists of 36-semester hours and is designed as a distance education program allowing all of the 12 courses to be completed online.

Students are required to take the six core classes in the cohort model in the order outlined below (core classes are in bold).  In addition to the six core classes, students can take the remaining six classes at their own pace within 6 years from matriculation.  All classes may be taken one at a time or students can increase their course load as desired. 

Below are examples of a two and three year program plans; core classes are in bold.

If you have any questions, contact Graduate Admissions at graduateadmissions@cornerstone.edu or 800.697.1133.

Example Two-Year Plan

YEAR

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

ONE

Biblical Hermeneutics
Christian Spiritual Formation
Systematic Theology I
Global Impact
Old Testament Biblical Theology
General Elective

TWO

Systematic Theology II
Organizational Leadership
Systematic Theology III
Educational Mission of the Church
New Testament Biblical Theology
Bible Elective

Example Three-Year Plan

YEAR

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

ONE

Biblical Hermeneutics
Christian Spiritual Formation
Systematic Theology I Old Testament Biblical Theology

TWO

Systematic Theology II
Organizational Leadership
Systematic Theology III New Testament Biblical Theology

THREE

Educational Mission of the Church
Bible Elective
Global Impact General Elective

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Career Paths

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership will provide a wide range of opportunities for employment. Whether you want to work in a church, para-church ministry, non-profit, or other Christian organization, there is a career option that will work for you!

  • Pastor
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Preaching and Teaching Minister
  • Small Groups Pastor
  • Christian Education Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Youth Minister

Tuition & Fees

Federal Loan opportunities are available to students enrolled in 3 or more credit hours (half-time status).

MA Ministry Leadership Tuition, per credit hour

$435

Fees

Technology fee, per course

$39

Academic resource fee

$75

Late payment fee

$100

All returned checks (NSF) will be assessed a processing fee

$25

Course Fees

MIN-500 Course Resource Fee

$180

BBL-501 Course Bible Software Fee (Accordance Bible Software Package)

$175

Indirect Costs

Books, per course

$100-200

Approximate Total Cost for Program Tuition and Fees

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership Tuition - 36 credit hours

$15,660

Total Tuition, Academic Resource Fee, Technology Fee, and Graduation Fee

$17,092