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Courses | M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership (Ministry and Leadership)

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. For more program details, including graduation requirements and learning outcomes, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 49 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum chart below.
  2. Students without previous courses in Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520, which are not for credit unless taken in place of general elective credits.

  3. Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.

  4. At least 25 of the total credits required for the degree program must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing and transfer credit are not considered residency credits.
  5. Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
  6. Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
  7. Meet with a graduate academic records and degree specialist in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Program Structure

The academic program leading to the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership is comprised of 49 credits, including:

  1. Biblical and theological foundations.
  2. Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
  3. Ministry skills.

Combined B.A. - M.A. Program

Students in Biola University's Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry with a concentration in Ministry and Leadership may take graduate courses in their senior year, allowing the completion of a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in an accelerated format. See the Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry for the undergraduate portion of the accelerated B.A. - M.A. program.

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses 1
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Program Courses
TTBE 517Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods3
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 504Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines1
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTSF 506Talbot Spiritual Direction II0
TTTH 521Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation3
TTTH 522Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation3
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Ministry & Leadership Specialization Courses
TTPT 510Evangelism and Disciple-Making Strategies3
TTPT 602Pastoral Ministry3
TTPT 703The Church and Society3
TTPT 730Biblical Leadership and Management3
Leadership & Management
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers
Biblical Management and Ethics
Organizational Change and Leadership
Nonprofit Management
Developing Strategic Church Ministries
Theology of Work
Evangelism, Missions, & Inter-cultural Ministry
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Introduction to World Missions
Intercultural Communication
Cross-Cultural Leadership
Church Growth and Church Planting in the USA
The Asian Church in the American Society
Contemporary Theology 2
Ministry Skills
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:6
Youth Ministry in Contemporary Culture
Expository Preaching
Adult and Family Ministries in the Local Church
Marital Counseling 3
Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling 4
Small Group Ministries
Seminar in Pastoral Counseling 3,4
Total Credits49

TTBE 519 Old Testament Survey and TTBE 520 New Testament Survey are prerequisites for this degree. To meet the prerequisite, students must have received a "C" or higher in approved undergraduate or graduate survey courses from a regionally accredited institution. Students who enroll without the prerequisite courses must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520 before graduating. Credits from these courses may count as general elective courses, or may add to the length of the program if general elective courses are not available. 


If selected, TTTH 709 must be taken for 3 credits.


TTPT 707 is a prerequisite to TTPT 628 and TTPT 765.


If TTPT 707 (2-credit course) is taken, TTPT 765 must be taken for 1 credit in a future semester in the program, not concurrently.