Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry prepares students to fulfill their mission to serve Jesus Christ through their vocations. The program is a reflection of Faulkner University’s effort to develop professionals with a thorough understanding of the Christian principles and ethics that shape the university’s mission. Our accredited online masters degree programs empower students who feel called to the ministry, whether they live in Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, or anywhere else in the country and around the world.

Program Objectives

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry provides a core curriculum with a strong Christian and biblical emphasis. Students of our accredited online master’s degree programs have the option to choose from three concentrations that allow them to focus the degree to their specific area of interest. The program is focused on preparing graduates for more effective service in the church and on providing a solid groundwork for continued training.

Program Design

The M.A. in Christian Ministry program is 36 semester hours, with the option of 30 hours of coursework and a thesis or 36 hours of coursework. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to complete the program. The graduate degree consists of core curriculum made up of 18 semester hours as well as 12 credits in an area of concentration. Areas of concentration include:

  • Congregational Ministry
  • Youth and Family Ministry

Core Course Requirements (18 hours)

BI 5300 Introduction to Graduate Biblical Studies
Required within the first 12 hours or coursework, this introduction includes a systematic study of bibliographic resources for religious literature. Basic theological and biblical research methods will be useful throughout the course of our accredited online master’s degree programs. Effective writing and research skills covered in this course will be essential for writing research papers at the graduate level.

BI 5301 Biblical Interpretation
Our course favors a theological interpretation of scripture, seeking to appreciate the intention of the authors. As the Bible is intended to reveal God to man, we avoid anthropocentric interpretation and cannon criticism. The course also provides direction for preachers in how to responsibly pursue biblical exegesis.

BI 5305 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
This course covers historical criticism and the problems that arise from reconciling historical perspectives and interpretations based on faith. Taking the Old Testament in sections, we address the Pentateuch, the prophets, and the Psalms. For a better understanding of historical context, we also study ancient history, archeology, and contemporary religions.

BI 5320 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
Understanding the New Testament requires a basic appreciation for the time period and setting where the books were written. Touching on the canonicity and authorship of the key texts, we explore and address critical problems around interpretation. With relatively challenging passages of the New Testament, the author’s purpose becomes clearer with a better understanding of the times.

BI 5306 Old Testament Theology
While many interpretations are available for the Old Testament, this course emphasizes the major doctrinal themes. We address only some of the many alternative approaches with regard to theological interpretation.

BI 5321 New Testament Theology
With an in-depth study of the major doctrinal themes, we look at each book of the New Testament. While addressing some of the controversies and alternatives surrounding accurate interpretation, we guide students of our accredited online master’s degree programs to remember the purpose of scripture.

Students will take an additional 12 hours in their concentration area and have the option to complete a thesis or take two additional electives. Learn more about why to choose among Faulkner University’s online master’s degree programs.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students who wish to enroll in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; you must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. At least one recommendation must be from a church leader.
  • A goal statement (approximately 1000 words) specifying the applicant’s personal goals for their professional development, including how the Master of Arts in the Christian Ministry program at Faulkner University will contribute to those goals.
  • A maximum of nine semester hours can be transferred into the M.A. in Biblical Studies program from a regionally accreditation institution. Transfer hours must be approved by the dean of biblical studies.

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to:

Faulkner University
Attn: Graduate Enrollment
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109