Below are the course requirements for this academic program. For more program details, including graduation requirements and learning outcomes, visit Biola's academic catalog.
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.
- Satisfactorily complete 49 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum chart below.
Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.
- 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.
- Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
- Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
- 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).
The academic program leading to the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership is comprised of 49 credits, including:
- Biblical and theological foundations.
- Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
- 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.
|Prerequisite Courses 1
|Old Testament Survey
|New Testament Survey
|Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods
|Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation
|Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation
|Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines
|Talbot Spiritual Direction I
|Talbot Spiritual Direction II
|Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation
|Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation
|Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things
|Ministry & Leadership Specialization Courses
|Evangelism and Disciple-Making Strategies
|The Church and Society
|Biblical Leadership and Management
|Leadership & Management
|Select 6 credits from the following:
|Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers
|Biblical Management and Ethics
|Organizational Change and Leadership
|Developing Strategic Church Ministries
|Theology of Work
|Evangelism, Missions, & Inter-cultural Ministry
|Select 6 credits from the following:
|Introduction to World Missions
|Church Growth and Church Planting in the USA
|The Asian Church in the American Society
|Contemporary Theology 2
|Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:
|Youth Ministry in Contemporary Culture
|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
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.