Master of Ministry

All graduate degrees

The Master of Ministry degree helps prepare current pastors in church ministry, in leadership and management, and in gospel outreach. Church ministry includes various aspects of pastoral ministry, including preaching (homiletics). Gospel outreach includes both evangelism and world mission.

How the program works

Courses are offered primarily as two- or three-week intensive sessions on campus during the summer, with prior and subsequent reading and writing assignments. No online courses are offered. The recommended load is a maximum of two courses per summer.

  • Summer intensives:  Each year before registering for summer classes, students must submit an Intensives Application. The application is due no later than eight weeks prior to each session, but we recommend submitting it as early as February to allow sufficient time to complete required reading assignments. The form, which lists the classes offered, will be posted here in January.
  • Southern Union pastors:  Pastors may receive a tuition waiver by submitting a signed Conference Authorization form each semester that they are enrolled for classes. CONFERENCE AUTHORIZATION FORM
  • Starting your program:  Students may be accepted into the MMin degree program year-round; however, all religion classes are offered in the summer only.
  • Church Leadership and Management emphasis:  Some classes are offered in the School of Business and Management at various times of the year.
  • International students:  Since graduate programs in the School of Religion are offered only as summer intensives, the part-time schedule does not meet student-visa requirements for international students.

Eligibility and prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Religion courses:  Minimum of 12 semester hours in religion
  • GPA and GRE requirements:  Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00  OR  for an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 the GRE is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 295 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.
  • Church Ministry and Homiletics Emphasis applicants must
    • have a minimum of three years of pastoral experience
    • have taken an undergraduate class in biblical preaching. Otherwise, RELP 401 Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching, or an equivalent course, is required.
  • Evangelism and World Mission Emphasis applicants must
    • have taken an undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Otherwise, RELP 401 Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching or an equivalent course is required.
    • provide a written list of church offices held (such as elder, deaconess, Sabbath School leader) and church outreach activities (such as conducting Bible studies, working in Revelation seminars, and assisting with health-education seminars).

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have your transcripts sent to Melodie Lopez in the Graduate Studies office (malopez@southern.edu). If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step.
  3. Recommendations:  Submit two recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This may be done as part of the online application process, or by using the PDF form. Download form 
    If you are employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one recommendation must be from a superior in the organization.
  4. Service record:  Submit a denominational service record (usually available from your SDA employer), if applicable, OR the Record of Service form. Download form
  5. Formal paper:  Submit a formal paper (email to reynolds@southern.edu) of at least 3,000 words that meets these criteria:
    • It is research based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
    • It reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
    • It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
    • It meets the standards of at least a B letter-grade paper when compared with other research papers that are completed on the undergraduate level.
  6. GRE requirement:  If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 (but at least 2.50), submit qualifying GRE scores to be considered for admission.?

Application deadlines

The deadline for acceptance into the MMin program is April 1; however, each year before registering for summer classes, students must submit an Intensives Application, which is due no later than eight weeks prior to each term. We recommend submitting it as early as February to allow sufficient time to complete required reading assignments. With School of Religion approval, students may take up to 12 hours of coursework on non-degree or provisional status.

INTENSIVES APPLICATION PROGRAM APPLICATION
From February 1 to no later than eight weeks before the session starts. April 1

International students

Since graduate programs in the School of Religion are offered only as summer intensives, the part-time schedule does not meet student-visa requirements for international students.

 

Course guide

Select an emphasis:

Church Leadership and Management

The emphasis in Church Leadership and Management is specifically designed to prepare church leaders and administrators with training in the principles of business management, as well as to equip them with leadership-ministry training skills.

The emphasis in Church Ministry and Homiletics is specifically designed to enrich the pastor's experience in local church ministry.

The emphasis in Evangelism and World Mission is specifically designed to equip workers for gospel outreach to the world.

Ministry Courses Credits
  RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3
  RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry 3
or RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3
  RELP 521 Time and Life Management 3
  RELP 532 Principles and Strategies for Church Growth 3
  RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3
Ministry Total   15
Management Courses Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
or BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BEXM 585 Contemporary Issues in Management 3
or NPLD 585 Contemporary Issues in Church and Nonprofit Leadership 3
  BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
or NPLD 570 Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3
Management Total   15
Elective Courses Credits
  Biblical Studies, Professional Studies, or Theological Studies 6
Elective Total   6
  Total   36
Biblical and Theological Courses Credits
  RELB 541 Preaching from the Old Testament Text 3
or RELB 551 Preaching from the New Testament Text 3
  RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3
  RELT 525 Theology of Ministry 3
  RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3
  RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3
Biblical and Theological Total   15
Professional Courses Credits
  RELP 501 Advanced Preaching Methods 3
or RELP 508 Expository Preaching 3
  RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3
  RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry 3
  RELP 521 Time and Life Management 3
  RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind 3
or RELP 591 Evangelistic Preaching Practicum 3
Professional Total   15
Elective Courses Credits
    Biblical Studies, Professional Studies, or Theological Studies 6
Elective Total   6
  Total   36
Biblical and Theological Courses Credits
  RELB 555 Studies in Daniel 3
or RELB 556 Studies in Revelation 3
  RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3
  RELT 552 Theology of Mission and Evangelism 3
  RELT 568 World Religions 3
Biblical and Theological Total   12
Professional Courses Credits
  RELP 524 Evangelistic Preaching 3
or RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind 3
  RELP 532 Principles and Strategies for Church Growth 3
or RELP 537 Church Planting Strategies 3
  RELP 534 Personal Soul-Winning Skills 3
  RELP 542 Urban Ministry and Evangelism 3
  RELP 570 World Mission 3
  RELP 591 Evangelistic Preaching Practicum 3
Professional Total   18
Elective Courses Credits
    Biblical Studies, Professional Studies, or Theological Studies 6
Elective Total   6
  Total   36

Faculty

Stephen Bauer
Stephen Bauer

Professor
sbauer@southern.edu
423.236.2981

Michael Hasel
Michael Hasel

Professor
mhasel@southern.edu
423.236.2986

Doug Jacobs
Doug Jacobs

Professor
jacobs@southern.edu
423.236.2980

Martin Klingbeil
Martin Klingbeil

Professor
mklingbeil@southern.edu
423.236.2983

Carlos Martin
Carlos Martin

Professor
martin@southern.edu
423.236.2944

Alan Parker
Alan Parker

Professor
parker@southern.edu
423.236.2683

Edwin Reynolds
Edwin Reynolds

Professor
reynolds@southern.edu
423.236.2989

Barry Tryon
Barry Tryon

Professor
btryon@southern.edu
423.236.2025

Philip Samaan
Philip Samaan

Professor
pgs@southern.edu
423.236.2982

Get started

Thank you for considering Southern Adventist University for your graduate studies in Religion. We have attempted here to explain our programs and their rationale and delivery method. If after careful reading of this material you still have questions, please call or e-mail me, and I will be happy to try to answer your questions more fully. We look forward to being able to help you with your graduate studies if our programs fit your needs and situation.

Edwin Reynolds

Graduate Program Coordinator
reynolds@southern.edu
423.236.2989