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Master of Arts in Ministry

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  • Biblical interpretation
  • Theological reflection
  • Communication in ministry
  • Spiritual formation and guidance
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Ministry leadership


The mission of the Master of Arts in Ministry degree program is to equip students with foundational theological, theoretical, and practical knowledge required for effective ministry leadership in a context of change and diversity. Graduates will be better able to serve and lead in ministry with demonstrated skills in biblical interpretation, theological reflection, communication, leadership, counseling, and spiritual formation.


The Master of Arts in Ministry program is designed to equip students for entry and advancement in full-time or bi-vocational ministry leadership in a variety of settings, including local churches or parishes, institutional chaplaincy, and faith-based non-profit organizations.

Goal 1: Theological Reflection.

Students interpret scriptural insights, theological concepts and social-cultural understandings and relate them to specific ministry practices.

  • Objective 1.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the literary, historical, and cultural contexts of the Bible and its relation to ministry.
  • Objective 1.2: Students articulate theological concepts related to the practice of ministry.
  • Objective 1.3: Students articulate an understanding of the diversity of North American society and culture and its impact on faith communities and ministry.

Goal 2: Personal Growth.

Students demonstrate spiritual maturity and integrity that integrates their personal lives, academic studies, and vocation.

  • Objective 2.1: Students articulate their personal calling and a candid assessment of their personal strengths and limitations.
  • Objective 2.2: Students engage the disciplines of personal and spiritual growth.
  • Objective 2.3: Students articulate and follow the highest personal and professional ethical standards.
  • Objective 2.4: Students are able to guide the spiritual and personal growth of others in community.

Goal 3: Ministry Skills.

Students practice the skills of ministry leadership effectively both independently and collaboratively with volunteers and other ministry professionals.

  • Objective 3.1: Students lead confidently and competently with smaller teams and/or the whole congregation/organization.
  • Objective 3.2: Students communicate biblical and theological perspectives effectively in oral, written, interpersonal and digital settings.
  • Objective 3.3: Students provide biblically and theologically informed pastoral counseling and spiritual guidance to others.


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Success at South College

Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
Meghan Hosea

I considered dozens of schools with similar online programs, but South College was just so proactive and more helpful than the others. It was stress-free for me to enroll and get started. Also, being a military-friendly institution made it easier for me to use my Post 9/11* GI Bill® benefits with the Yellow Ribbon Program.
*Post 9/11 GI Bill® students are required to verify their enrollment each month.

- Meghan Hosea, Master of Business Administration
Samantha Williams

I really enjoy that most classes are not straight reading from a book, listening to PowerPoint presentations, taking a test and then moving to the next chapter. The instructors take the time to have class discussions and incorporate real world examples. To me, this makes the material more interesting and puts what I am learning into a better perspective.

- Samantha Williams, Master of Business Administration
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