Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

You’re walking His path and living your life for Him. But you know you’re not done yet. We know it, too, because, whether you’re seeking to advance your career or enhance it, God led you here—to a Ministry Leadership program where you can get the tools to better mobilize and educate believers.

Your path forward starts with the passion you already have for God’s great mission. With CBS, you’ll build upon that passion through academically rigorous, hands-on classes. And, you’ll grow—in marketability, in knowledge, and in faith. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How to apply biblical principles of ministry leadership in church and vocational settings
  • Twenty-first-century strategies for missional renewal within various ministry contexts
  • Effective methods for communicating biblical truth with the goal of life transformation

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, two years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered both on campus and online, so you can choose the delivery format that works best for your schedule and learning style.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Of course, many Ministry Leadership students graduate and continue to pursue ministry in its many forms. However, some students apply what they’ve learned through the program to other professional settings, such as teaching and business.

  • Assistant or associate pastor
  • Member of a church staff
  • Staff member of a para-church ministry
  • Outreach or discipleship coordinator
  • Student-life professional
  • Marketplace ministering

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Diverse, multicultural classes that effectively balance theory and research with experiential learning
  • Flexible program with high-quality online options and the ability to tailor your degree to your interests and goals
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Program 1 Course of Study (48 hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
Bible and Theology 21
BIB 5112 Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentration 18
Choose four courses from CHP, CNC, GLS, HOM, MIN, or YOU. 12
HOM 6300 Foundation Biblical Preaching or 0
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217-18 Focused Internships I and II 3

Program 2 Course of Study (48 hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001  Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
Bible and Theology 9
BIB 6310 Progress of Redemption 3
BIB 6320 Old Testament Theology 3
BIB 6330 New Testament Theology 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding of Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentration 18
Choose four courses from CHP, CNC, GLS, HOM, MIN, or YOU. 12
HOM 6300 Foundations of Biblical Preaching or  3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217-18 Focused Internships I and II 3
Open Electives 12

Admission Requirements

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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