Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership

The Bible is timeless, of course, but how do you make it accessible to teens? How do you help them connect with His word and teach them to apply it to their lives? Our Youth Ministry Leadership program is a good place to start, where you’ll gain the educational and leadership tools to impact young lives.

You’ll work closely with experienced youth-minister professors, who will mentor and guide you, as well as help you find internship opportunities through their local connections. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families, through the power of Jesus Christ.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyze and address current trends in adolescent culture
  • Methods for developing and implementing biblically based strategies for youth ministry
  • Tools for planning, leading, and evaluating ministry activities for youth and their families

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 on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Youth ministry students have access to many experiential-learning opportunities and personalized advising from professors. As a result, they enter the work world with resume-building professional experiences, which opens many doors.

  • Church or youth pastor
  • Member of a campus ministry team
  • Camp or retreat worker
  • Wilderness or adventure education minister
  • At-risk youth minister

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Highly engaging, hands-on classes
  • Professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide expert academic advising
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic advisement but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum and personalized help finding and applying to them

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 three courses from YOU. 9
YOU 5710 Counseling Youth and Families 3
YOU 6535 Programming for Youth Ministry 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 three courses from YOU. 9
YOU 5710 Counseling Youth and Families 3
MIN 6344 Programming for Youth Ministry 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 Youth Ministry Leadership program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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