Master of Divinity (Youth Ministry Leadership)

The M.Div. (Youth Ministry Leadership) will equip you with the tools you need to help youth apply the Bible’s teachings to their lives in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world. You’ll work closely with professors who are, or have worked as youth ministers, to gain the tools necessary to evangelize and disciple youth and their families.

As you learn to shape young minds and make a true impact on their lives, you’ll engage in internship opportunities through CIU’s many local connections. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to make a difference through the power of Jesus Christ.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyze and address current trends in adolescent culture
  • Methods of developing and implementing biblically based strategies for youth ministry
  • How to plan, lead, and evaluate ministry activities for youth and their families
  • Communication methods appropriate to youth and their families
  • Tools and techniques for evangelizing and discipling youth and their families graciously and effectively

Program Length 

Depending on your academic background, this 78-credit-hour program could take up to three years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format, and online.

Career and Ministry Opportunities 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 youth pastor
  • Campus ministry team lead
  • Camp or retreat ministry team lead
  • Wilderness or adventure education ministry team lead
  • At-risk youth ministry team lead

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
  • Personalized help in applying for internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Program Course of Study (78 hours)

Course Number Course Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
CHL 5003 Chapel III 0
Bible and Hermeneutics 15
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
Biblical Languages 12
Choose one sequence
GRE 5110 NT Greek I: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 5111 NT Greek II: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 6220 Greek III: NT Greek Exegesis 3
GRE 63xx GREEK IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
HEB 5110 Hebrew I: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 5111 Hebrew II: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 6220 Hebrew III: From Exegesis to Exposition 3
HEB 65xx Hebrew IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
History and Theology 12
HIS 6221 History of Global Christianity I 3
HIS 6231 History of Global Christianity II 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation
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
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 5400 Short Term Counseling: Theories and Practice 3
HOM 6300 Foundations for Biblical Preaching 3
MIN 6100 Leadership and Ministry Skills 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
Concentration 18
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217 Focused Internship I 1.5
INT 6218 Focused Internship II 1.5
YOU 5710 Counseling Youth and Families 3
YOU 6535 Programming for Youth Ministry 3
Choose three courses from YOU. 9

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Divinity (Youth Ministry Leadership) program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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