Master of Arts in Ministry Studies

The Ministry Studies program is for those are passionate about the church, mission, and parachurch ministry and who have a desire to disciple future disciple-makers. If you have a desire to focus on communicating God’s word with the goal of equipping and mobilizing believers for Christ-centered lives and Kingdom-focused impact, the MA in Ministry Studies is the degree for you.

What You'll Learn 

  • Apply biblical principles of  ministry leadership
  • Develop twenty-first-century strategies for missional renewal within various ministry contexts
  • Communicate biblical truth with the goal of life transformation

Program Length 

This 48 credit hour program can take up to three years, although you may finish sooner with transfer credit and/or by testing out of selected courses

Career and Ministry Opportunities With This Degree 

Ministry Studies students come from all professions and walks of life, seeking to become more effective in ministering to others. The degree grounds you in biblical, ministry and leadership principles you can apply in church, parachurch, or lay ministry settings. You can tailor your program to your specific needs and interests.

  • Local Church Ministry: Serving as an assistant/associate pastor, a member of a local church staff, or an outreach/discipleship coordinator
  • Para-Church Ministry: Ministering as a campus ministry professional or as a member of a para-church ministry team
  • Marketplace Ministry: Discipling others in business and professional contexts

Why Study Ministry Studies at CIU Online?

  • Highly engaged, hands-on online classes with students from all over the world
  • Caring, scholarly, and experienced faculty who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide both expert academic support and individualized spiritual guidance
  • Intentional integration of Bible knowledge, spiritual formation, and ministry skill development
  • Mentored field experience built into the curriculum


  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Program Options That Fit Your Experience Level 

We offer two program tracks, one for students with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and one for students who have at least 30 semester hours of Bible, theology, or Church history.

Read the programs details or view Program 1 and Program 2 course requirements.