Skip to main content
decorative
decorative
master's degree in religion header-icon

 

School of Religion

Master of Ministry

The MMin 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.

  • Church Leadership and Management Emphasis
  • Church Ministry and Homiletics Emphasis
  • Evangelism and World Mission Emphasis

 

Master of Arts

The MA program helps to prepare individuals for doctoral studies by giving them skills in research and writing (including a thesis) and independent thinking. Graduates are equipped with 36 credits and a master's degree in religion as a basis for applying for a doctoral program.

  • Biblical and Theological Studies Emphasis
  • Religious Studies Emphasis

 

master's degree in religion student with bookbag 

How the program works

The program is designed to accommodate the schedule of a full-time pastor.

  • Courses are offered primarily as two- or three-week intensive sessions during the summer, with prior and subsequent reading and writing assignments.

  • The recommended load is two courses per summer. Students can typically complete School of Religion programs in six summers.

  • Prior to registering for summer classes, students must submit an Intensives Application each year. We recommend submitting it in February (but the final deadline is 8 weeks prior to each term) to allow sufficient time to complete the required reading assignments. 

 

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

  • A minimum of 12 semester hours in religion

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 3.24, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.5.
  • Emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies—applicants must have six semester hours in a biblical language with a minimum grade of C. This may be part of the 12 required hours in religion.

 

Admission process

The application deadline is April 1 for summer admission to the program. However, students wishing to take summer intensives are advised to apply by February to allow sufficient time for pre-session assignments. 
  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit two recommendation forms. If employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a denominational service record (usually available from your SDA employer), if applicable, OR this Record of Service form »

  5. Submit formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets these criteria:
    • Research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
    • Reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
    • Demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
    • Meets the standards for at least a B grade when compared with undergraduate research papers.

  6. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.25, submit qualifying GRE scores.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

Admission Requirements for the Master of Ministry

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

  • A minimum of 12 semester hours in religion

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 295 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.
  • Emphasis in Church Ministry and Homiletics—applicants must
    • have a minimum of three years of pastoral experience, or equivalent as approved by the School of Religion
    • have taken an undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Otherwise, RELP 401—Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching or an equivalent course is required.

  • Emphasis in Evangelism and World Mission—applicants must
    • provide a written list of church offices held (such as elder, deaconess, Sabbath School teacher) and church outreach activities (such as conducting Bible studies, working in Revelation seminars, assisting with health-education seminars).
    • have taken an undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Otherwise, RELP 401—Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching or an equivalent course is required.

 

Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit two recommendation forms. If employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a denominational service record (usually available from your SDA employer), if applicable, OR this Record of Service form »

  5. Submit formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets these criteria:
    • Research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
    • Reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
    • Demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
    • Meets the standards for at least a B grade when compared with undergraduate research papers.

  6. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, submit qualifying GRE scores.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

master's degree in religion faculty

 

   

Questions?

Email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. 

Edwin Reynolds
Graduate Program Coordinator

reynolds@southern.edu
423.236.2989


Graduate Faculty

master's degree in religion faculty stephen bauer

Stephen Bauer, PhD
Professor of Religion

PhD and MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Atlantic Union College

sbauer@southern.edu
423.236.2981

master's degree in religion faculty michael hasel

Michael G. Hasel, PhD
Professor of Near Eastern Studies in Archaeology

PhD and MA, University of Arizona
MA and BA, Andrews University

mhasel@southern.edu
423.236.2986

master's degree in religion faculty douglas jacobs

J. Douglas Jacobs, DMin
Professor of Religion

DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
DMin and MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Southern Adventist University

jacobs@southern.edu
423.236.2980

master's degree in religion dean greg king

Greg A. King, PhD
Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies

PhD, Union Theological Seminary
MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Southern Adventist University

gking@southern.edu
423.236.2975

Martin G. Klingbeil, DLitt
Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology

DLitt, MA, and BA Honours, Stellenbosch University
BA, Andrews University

mklingbeil@southern.edu
423.236.2983

master's degree in religion faculty jud lake

Judson Lake, DMin, ThD
Professor of Pastoral Theology

ThD, University of South Africa
DMin, Reformed Theological Seminary
MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Southern Adventist University

jslake@southern.edu
423.236.2985

master's degree in religion faculty donn leatherman

Donn W. Leatherman, PhD
Professor of Old Testament Studies

PhD, McGill University
MDiv, Andrews University
BTh, Canadian Union College

leather@southern.edu
423.236.2979

master's degree in religion faculty carlos martin

Carlos G. Martin, PhD
Professor of Missions Evangelism

PhD and MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Seminary
MA, Andrews University
BDiv, River Plate College

martin@southern.edu
423.236.2944

master's degree in religion faculty john nixon

John S. Nixon, DMin
Professor of Pastoral Ministry

DMin, Andrews University
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Oakwood University

jnixon@southern.edu
423.305.5672

master's degree in religion faculty alan parker

Alan Parker, ThD
Associate Professor of Missiology and Evangelism

ThD, MTh, Stellenbosch University
BA, Andrews University

parker@southern.edu
423.236.2983

master's degree in religion faculty ed reynolds

Edwin Reynolds, PhD
Professor of New Testament Studies

PhD and MA, Andrews University
BA, BS, and MA, Pacific Union College

reynolds@southern.edu
423.236.2989

master's degree in religion faculty barry tryon

Barry J. Tryon, DMin
Professor

DMin and MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Southern Adventist University

btryon@southern.edu
423.236.2025

 

master's degree in religion faculty philip samaan

Philip G. Samaan, DMin
Professor of Applied Theology and Evangelism

DMin and MDiv, Andrews University
MSPH, Loma Linda University
BA, Walla Walla University

pgs@southern.edu
423.236.2982


 

 

 

decorative
decorative