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Master of Ministry Studies

An online Master of Arts in Ministry Studies at Grace Theological Seminary will explore serving in a church or a ministry career.

As you consider an array of ministry programs for Masters in Ministry Online near you in the midwest,  you will discover an accredited online master’s degree, taught with a biblical worldview. A Grace Theological Seminary, Online Master of Ministry Studies Degree will help you make workable connections between leadership and ministry, preparing you to weigh questions in a Christian college online context with biblical studies. 

Future ministry professional, the way forward is Grace.

This program can be completed fully online, allowing you to achieve the credentials you need while enjoying the flexibility of online education. Courses are designed to allow you to do the work when it fits your schedule. Also, students who take online courses at Grace enjoy being a part of a community of learners.

This degree consists of 12, three-credit courses for a total of 36 credit hours. These courses are eight weeks in length, so two are offered back to back during each semester (fall, spring, and summer). A student can complete this degree in six semesters, which is two years.

Christian Ministry Concentration

The Ministry Concentration is designed to equip ministry leaders for support positions and leadership positions in the local church.  This program strikes a balance between foundational theological preparation and real-life ministry training. The six concentration courses are ministry-based and taught by instructors with significant and successful experience in local church service.

Women’s Leadership Studies Concentration

Grace Theological Seminary and Women of Grace USA are partnering to provide this degree opportunity for women who are already in ministry and are looking for quality training to develop their leadership skills. This program will help you to grow in personal awareness of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and also help you develop both ministry knowledge and skills to make genuine connections with others.

Counseling Concentration

The Counseling Concentration is designed to equip pastoral counselors and others with important ministry tools to help those who are hurting. The six counseling courses are ministry-based and taught by instructors who are or have been engaged with counseling in a local church. These courses are different from the clinical courses taught in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Grace College. The concentration will start with the theological foundations of counseling and will address Christian counseling theories and methodologies.

Technology Concentration

The Technology concentration is designed to offer ministry leaders in our current digital age, creative thinking to better use technology equipment and applications to enhance ministry productivity and connections. This program merges the timeless message of scripture with innovative strategies helping the church meaningfully engage with technology. The concentration starts with Technology and Media in Ministry and then progresses to cover such topics as worship, communication, organization, developing tech talent, and then concludes with a hands-on technology internship.

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Leadership and Management Concentration

The Leadership and Management concentration is designed to equip ministry leaders to integrate their ministry calling with business and leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of settings. This program will help leaders blend business and ministry or help ministry leaders enhance the organizational structures of their local churches. The concentration courses start with an in-depth look at Ministry leadership, then continue by offering insights into team leadership and administration, and close with Strategic Thinking and Planning.

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 grade point average in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have completed some or no college may be admitted if they meet certain ministry and research/writing requirements. Please contact seminary admissions for more information; email: gtsrec@grace.edu or phone: 877.607.0012.

We recommend that you apply for admission at least one month before the next entry term. Students applying after the deadline are considered on a space available basis. It is best to apply early!

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application

    After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

  • Transcript Request

    Request official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to admissions@grace.edu.

  • Spiritual Life Reference

    A reference submitted by your pastor, ministry supervisor, or spiritual mentor.

    You can copy this link and send it to them.

  • International Students

    International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

  • Acceptance Process

    When all of the steps have been completed, you will be advised of the Admissions Committee’s decision. The Admissions Committee may request that you submit additional materials and/or that you interview with a representative of the College.

  • Enrollment Deposit

    Upon acceptance, submit your $100 Enrollment Deposit to accept your offer of admission. Your $100 deposit will be credited to your student account. Welcome to the Grace College community!

    Submit your deposit


Ideal Fit

The Master of Arts program is for those who need formal training in ministry.

This program is perfect for those who already have vocational ministry experience, but desire further theological study in order to be better prepared.

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Career Opportunities

Unlocking Opportunities in a Master of Ministry for formal theological study.

The Master of Arts Online Ministry Degree is designed to provide a strong theological foundation for vocational ministries.

  • Associate Pastor
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Senior Pastor
  • Worship Pastor / Leader
  • Camp Director
  • Executive Director of Camps
Learn about Grace College's Master of Ministry Studies Program. Earn an online Master of Arts in Ministry in our online ministry programs.

I knew I wanted to pursue further education in order to have an impact on people. The Ministry Studies program was efficient and provided a strong foundation of biblical knowledge and counseling skills!

Rick Nier

2021 Master of Arts in Ministry Studies, Pastoral Counseling

Curriculum Examples

Theological Seminar 1
New Testament Survey
Ministry Leadership
Ministry & Cultural Diversity
Biblical Psychology

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to theology and its sources. Foundations will be laid in the areas of prolegomena, Bibliology (The Bible), Theology Proper (God), Christology (Christ), Pneumatology (The Spirit), and Angelology (Angels including demons and Satan).

After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of background issues which introduce one to the study of various concepts of the New Testament, the historical milieu of each New Testament book studied, the purpose and general content of each New Testament book studied, the relationship between the New and Old Testaments, and the use of the New Testament in modern ministry.

A study and interaction with these topics will implement that purpose: servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent. The methods will include reading and writing assignments, online discussions, pastoral interviews, a self-assessment and an action plan paper.

The goals for this course are (1) to give Christian ministry students as awareness of the nature of cultural systems and how they affect ministry in multi-cultural settings and (2) to give them insights, methods, and skills for adapting their perspective and activities for a relevant ministry to those of other cultural backgrounds.

This course will examine the relationship between the fields of psychology and theology. A theology of “integration” will be presented, along with discussions concerning specific “psychological” topics (i.e. personality, sensation/perception, self-esteem, etc.) from a biblical vantage point. A biblical discussion of depression and anxiety will be an aspect of this course, along with how one would use this material to counsel/minister to others.


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