The Master of Arts in Ministry provides a foundation for lay ministry or ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church
inspiration to students called to Christian leadership within and beyond the church setting.
Deb De Vos
Student, Master of Arts in Ministry
“I had served in lay leadership in my own church, but Drew’s Christian education practicum allowed me to take on new roles, such as preaching and providing pastoral care, while shadowing clergy members and learning about the full breadth of a pastor’s responsibilities. The experience helped to fill gaps in my knowledge as I prepare to pursue deacon’s orders within the Methodist church.”
My Favorite Course
“Mark Miller’s ‘Seminary Choir’ is equally challenging and spirit filled. We sing compositions that are works in progress – he gives us the basic parts and then lets the music happen. That’s a little scary for someone who grew up in the Lutheran church, but I’ve learned to let go and enjoy the creativity of it. The choir, like the seminary as a whole, is a place where every voice matters and contributes.”
Jane Bowman Student, Master Arts in Ministry
Graduation Requirements for Master of of Arts in Ministry
The M.A.M. program requires 45 credits of course work and is designed to be completed in two years, or four semesters, full-time study.
The Master of Arts in Ministry program is a two-year professional master's degree for students preparing for Christian leadership in congregations, non-profit agencies, or ministries beyond the local church. It is approved by the United Methodist Church for those who are preparing for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist church. Within the MAM program students may choose a specific area of specialization including but not limited to: Christian education, ecological ministries, worship, music, and the arts, spirituality, social justice ministries, and ministries beyond the local church.
The program is designed to be completed in two years or four semesters of full time study. All requirements must be completed within five years from the date of initial matriculation. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Drew Theological School. Students with credits earned elsewhere at the graduate professional level and not applied toward another earned degree may apply for a maximum of 15 credits of advanced standing. Transfer credit is not granted for credits earned earlier than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation.
Each student in the MA in Ministry program must complete 45 credits of course work including the following:
There are 4 broad areas from which course requirements must be selected
- BBST 501 - Biblical Literature I: Torah, Prophets, Writings
An introduction to the first testament as a source for understanding and appropriating the religious experiences, insights, commitments, and expectations of the various communities of ancient Israel. The focus is on learning to interpret biblical texts with theological and ethical sensitivity, using the tools and skills of historical-critical, social-scientific, literary-critical, and contextual research.
Offered: fall semester annually.
- BBST 511 - Biblical Literature II: Gospels, Epistles, Apocalypse
An introduction to the history, literature, and religion of earliest Christianity. The focus is on learning to interpret biblical texts with theological and ethical sensitivity, using the tools and skills of historical-critical, social-scientific, literary-critical, and contextual research.
Offered: spring semester annually.
- CHST 502 - Church History 1
The history of Christianity, emphasizing its social and theological development, from the first century to the end of the 15th century.
Offered: fall semester annually.
- CHST 503 - Church History 2
A continuation of CHST 502, beginning with the backgrounds to the Protestant Reformation and continuing to the 21st century, emphasizing social and institutional developments and theological traditions.
Offered: spring semester annually.
- TPHL 501 - Systematic Theology(Same as: LGON 601.)
Systematic and constructive interpretations of central themes of Christian faith: God, Creation, Humanity, Sin, Jesus Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Eschatology.
- TPHL 508 - Challenge of World Religions to Christian Faith and Practice(Same as: THEPH 371.)
An examination of the ways in which the reality of other religions and their teachings poses questions for the church's self-understanding, faith, and mission. The focus of the study is on enabling Christian congregations to deal creatively with religious plurality,
- CSOC 500 - Religion and the Social Process
An introduction to sociological thinking that combines conceptual and experiential content. Students become more sensitive to and informed about current social problems. Focuses on situations of oppression and uses "the view from below" as a key to the entire social process and, specifically, the role of the church in that process. To be taken by students in the M.Div. program in the first year of study. Offered fall and spring semesters and sometimes in the summer.
- CSOC 501 - Christian Ethics(Same as: COMFE 400.)
An overview of central concepts and issues in Christian social ethics, with particular attention to how those concepts and issues arise in the lives of diverse Christian communities. Preferably to be taken by M.Div. students in the second year of study, and after CSOC 500 and TPHL 501.
Prerequisite: TPHL 501 and CSOC 500.
- PSTH 501 - Pastoral Formation "and"
- PSTH 502 - Pastoral Formation 2
The second semester of the Pastoral Formation course is designed for students to explore issues of vital importance to persons preparing for full time ministry. Through readings, small group discussion, written papers, and interaction with active clergy, students will delve into the theology and practice of ministry paying particular attention to the questions: What are some of the theological and biblical foundations for the ordained ministry? What does it mean to be a pastor? What are the specific tasks of the ordained ministry? Am I called to the ordained ministry?
- PSTH 503 - Introduction to Educational Ministry
This first-level course is intended to provide the learner with an introduction to theory and methodology of Christian Education from a liberation perspective. Christian education, for the purposes of this course, is the theory and practice (praxis or art) of nurturing faith. This course leans heavily upon the development of critical thinking skills. With the permission of the professor, one elective course may be taken before the Introduction to Educational Ministry. The elective course cannot be substituted for the introductory course.
Offered: in fall and spring semesters annually.
- CSOC 504 - Introduction to Pastoral Care
This course is an introduction to the ministry of pastoral care and counseling, with an emphasis on the helping relationship, theological understandings of pastoral care, pastoral uses of psychotherapeutic theories and strategies for change, various forms of pastoral care and counseling, and various cultural contexts.
- Each student will complete six credits in contextual education in an appropriate ministry field. This requirement may be fulfilled through summer and academic year internships.
Each student, in consultation with an academic advisor, may elect to choose a particular specialization, with 12 credits of course work designated as applying specifically to the area of specialization.
Areas of specialization include (but are not limited to):
- Christian Education
- Ecological Ministries
- Worship, Music, and the Arts
- Spiritual Formation
- Social Justice Ministry
The remaining 12 credits will be electives.
Worship, Music, and the Arts Core Courses (12 Credits)
- PSTH 505 The Church at Worship: Worship
- PSTH 617 - The Arts of Worship
- (Students may enroll in select courses offered in CLA and Caspersen programs with permission.)
- PSTH 600 - Writing for Wor(d)ship
1 course from the following (Sacred Music Courses):
- PSTH 556 Church Music of the USA
- PSTH 558 The History of African American Church Music
- PSTH 559 Worship and Music in the Emerging Church
- PSTH 555 Hymnology
- PSTH 562 A Musical Study
- PSTH 563 Music of the World's Religions
The MA in Ministry program seeks to develop the following abilities in students:
- The ability to read and interpret scripture and other sacred texts with cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness, and a critical understanding of their histories, interpretations, and applications in church and society
- The ability to think critically and constructively regarding the area of ministry specialization
- The ability to work effectively in ministry as evidenced by the successful completion of a field education component
- The development of communal and personal practices that nourish spiritual and moral well-being
Students who wish to pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church through the MA in Ministry degree can do so with the following courses:
- Old Testament (3 credits) BBST 501 - Biblical Literature I: Torah, Prophets, Writings
- New Testament (3 credits) BBST 511 - Biblical Literature II: Gospels, Epistles, Apocalypse
- Church History (3 credits) CHST 502 - Church History 1or CHST 503 - Church History 2
- Systematic Theology (3 credits) TPHL 501 - Systematic Theology
- Worship (3 credits) PSTH 505, PSTH 506, or a course on UM Worship
- Mission of the Church (3 credits)
- Evangelism (3 credits) CHST 544 - Evangelism in the United Methodist Traditionor another evangelism course
- UM History, Doctrine and Polity (6 credits) CHST 560/CHST 561
- 3 credits in personal and spiritual formation
- 6 credits in field education/internships
Each UM Deacon candidate will designate an area of specialty as a deacon and take at least six credits of additional course work as well as completing the field education requirement in that area.
UM Deacon candidates may designate one the certification in camp and retreat ministries or the certification in spiritual formation.