Master of Ministry

All graduate degrees

The Master of Ministry degree helps prepare current pastors and church leaders in church ministry and evangelism, in leadership and management, and in biblical counseling.

How the program works

Courses are offered primarily as one to two-week intensive sessions on campus during the summer, with prior and subsequent reading and writing assignments. Some online classes are planned and will be made available as they are developed. The recommended load is two to three courses per summer for those in full-time ministry.

  • Summer intensives:  Each year before registering for summer classes, students must submit an Intensives Application. The application is due no later than six 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. S19 INTENSIVES APPLICATION
  • Southern Union pastors:  Pastors may receive a tuition waiver by submitting a signed Conference Authorization form each academic year (Summer, Fall, Winter) 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.
  • 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. International students may be eligible for other visas (such as the B1) for short-term intensive classes.

Eligibility and prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Religion courses:  Minimum of 12 semester hours in religion (waivers may be requested for some or all of this requirement, based on the applicant's full-time ministry experience).
  • GPA requirements:  Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00  OR  for an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 applicants may request to be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Evangelism and World Mission, and Biblical Counseling Emphases applicants must:
    • 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 $40). 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 should be done as part of the online application process, or Download PDF 
    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. Statement of Purpose:  Candidates are to submit a written "Statement of Purpose" through the Application Status Page following the guidelines provided by the School of Religion. Download PDF

Application deadlines

The deadline for acceptance into the MMin program is April 15; however, each year before registering for summer classes, students must submit an Intensives Application, which is due no later than six 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 six weeks before the session starts. April 15

International students

Since graduate programs in the School of Religion are offered only as summer intensives, this 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 Evangelism and World Mission is specifically designed to equip workers for gospel outreach to the world.

 

Master of Ministry Core Courses Credits
  RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3
  RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3
  RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3
or RELT 525 Theology of Ministry 3
  RELT 546 Doctrine of Salvation 3
Core Subtotal   12
Management Studies Courses Credits
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  Select an elective offered by the School of Business 3
Management Studies Subtotal   9
Ministry Studies Courses Credits
  RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3
  RELP 521 Time and Life Management 3
  RELP 535 Conflict Resolution and Relationships 3
  RELP Select one RELP course 3
Ministry Studies Subtotal   12
Elective Courses Credits
    Select any School of Religion Graduate course. 3
Elective Subtotal   3
  Total   36
Master of Ministry Core Courses Credits
  RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3
  RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3
  RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3
or RELT 525 Theology of Ministry 3
  RELT 546 Doctrine of Salvation 3
Core Subtotal   12
Biblical and Theological Studies Courses Credits
  NTST 556 Studies in Revelation 3
  RELT 570 World Missions 3
  RELT 568 World Religions 3
Biblical and Theological Studies Subtotal   9
Evangelism and Ministry Studies Courses Credits
  RELP 532 Principles and Strategies for Church Growth 3
  RELP 534 Personal Soul-Winning Skills 3
or RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry 3
  RELP 591 Evangelistic Preaching Practicum 3
  RELP Select one RELP course 3
Evangelism and Ministry Studies Subtotal   12
Elective Courses Credits
    Select any School of Religion Graduate course. 3
Elective Subtotal   3
  Total   36
Master of Ministry Core Courses Credits
  RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3
  RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3
  RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3
or RELT 525 Theology of Ministry 3
  RELT 546 Doctrine of Salvation 3
Core Subtotal   12
Biblical and General Studies Courses Credits
    Select any OTST, NTST, or RELT course 3
Biblical and General Studies Subtotal   3
Biblical Counseling Courses Credits
  RELP 535 Conflict Resolution and Relationships 3
  RELP 550 Principles of Biblical Change I 3
  RELP 551 Principles of Biblical Change II 3
  RELP 555 Marriage and Family Coaching 3
  RELP 557 Biblical Counseling in the Local Church 3
  RELP 593 Counseling Practicum 3
Biblical Counseling Subtotal   18
Elective Courses Credits
    Select any School of Religion Graduate course. 3
Elective Subtotal   3
  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

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

Barry Tryon
Barry Tryon

Professor
btryon@southern.edu
423.236.2025

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.

Alan Parker

Graduate Program Coordinator
parker@southern.edu
423.236.2683