The Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.Min.) is for persons called to vocational ministry in a role that does not require the Master of Divinity. While the curriculum provides excellent preparation for specialized ministry in the church, it is not designed to provide an abbreviated period of graduate study leading to senior pastoral leadership. Those who want to serve in senior leadership positions are encouraged to enroll in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
  2. Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
  3. The capacity and skills for effective ministry practice in a given specialized ministry area within the context of a ministry team.
  4. Intercultural competence as it is lived out in various ministries of the local church, broader community, and the global arena.
  5. Intentional integration of biblical knowledge and personal and spiritual formation into ministry with diverse populations.

M.A.Min. students are not required to declare a concentration. For those who choose to pursue a concentration, a complete list of all concentrations is available in the "Concentrations" section of this program. Students who choose a concentration may need to take independent studies or extend the length of time to degree completion in order to fulfill the requirements of a particular concentration. 

The M.A.Min is the seminary degree involved with two special academic programs from other Bethel University schools:

For complete degree requirements refer to the degree requirements page.

Campus and Delivery

  • St. Paul Face to Face
  • San Diego Face to Face
  • Fully Online

Master of Arts in Ministry

St. Paul, San Diego, Online

Core Requirements
HS510Church History Survey3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
NT518New Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
or OT518 Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
Degree Specific Courses
GC512Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
ML523Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
Concentration Courses and Electives
Electives (CTL or CSPF) 112
Supervised Ministry and Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
GS780Senior Integrative Seminar3
SP001Formation Assessments0
or SP002 Formation Assessments
TL001Vocational Assessments0
or TL002 Vocational Assessments
Professional Internship 23
Intent to Graduate Application0
Total Credits51

CTL Electives are any CF, CP, CM, DC, GC, ML, or TL courses.

CSPF Electives are any MF, MH, PC, or SP courses.

No concentration is required for this degree.  If a student is earning a concentration, concentration requirements will be taken instead of electives.


 San Diego students with a concentration are required to take a concentration specific Professional Internship.

A minimum of 51 semester credits is required for graduation from the M.A.Min. program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.


Master of Arts in Ministry Concentrations 

Anglican Studies

  • San Diego - Face to Face
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

The Anglican Studies courses are intended primarily for Master of Divinity students seeking ordination in the Anglican Church of North America; however, these courses can be used as an Anglican Studies concentration in either the M.Div. program or the Master of Arts in Ministry program. Concentration courses include:

HS689Anglican Spirituality3
HS687Liturgy through the Ages3
ML679Worship in the Prayer Book Tradition3
ML674Ministry with the Sacraments3
Total Credits12


  • San Diego - Face to Face
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

This program will enable chaplains and those preparing for chaplaincy to train for ministry in contexts such as healthcare services, educational institutions, businesses and corporations, correctional facilities, and the military. In addition to theological and ethical training, graduates of the program will be knowledgeable of the ways in which pastoral care is put into practice in non-church/parish settings. Concentration courses include:

PC729Chaplaincy in Contemporary Society3
MH656Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
MF629Community Mental Health3
MH655Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3
Total Credits12

Church Planting

  • San Diego, St. Paul, Online
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

This concentration is available to all M.Div. and M.A.Min. students since all required courses are offered fully online. It is designed to provide foundational training for individuals seeking to plant a new church. Concentration completers will be prepared to develop a vision for a new church, organize teams and a support network to launch a new church, plan worship services and welcoming experiences, and create and implement systems to sustain a new church. Concentration courses include:

ML531DEChurch Planting Vision and Preparation3
ML533DECritical Worship Service Elements for Church Plants1.5
ML535DECreating Sustainable Church Plants3
Free Elective4.5
Total Credits12

Through a partnership with  Gateway Leaders, students can transfer the Cultivate church planting experience to Bethel for 9 credits, fulfilling ML531DE, ML533DE, ML535DE and 1.5 credits of free elective. Students seeking to take Cultivate must register for Cultivate through Gateway Leaders and, upon completion of Cultivate, request Gateway Leaders to send their transcript to Bethel Seminary.

Missional Leadership

  • San Diego - Face to Face
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

The Missional Leadership concentration is offered at Bethel Seminary San Diego. It is designed to equip participants to both lead and develop leaders who in turn can develop other leaders in rising generations. The curriculum is intended to produce individuals who are theological thinkers, missional activists, leadership developers, cultural architects, spiritual mentors, and relevant communicators. Concentration courses include: 

CM651Principles of Community Development1.5
CM652Practice in Community Development1.5
GC614Christianity and Culture1.5
GC659Implementing Change1.5
GC656Understanding Cults1.5
GC609Intercultural Communications1.5
ML Elective3
Total Credits12

Pastoral Care and Counseling

  • San Diego - Face to Face
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

This concentration enables students to prepare for the counseling tasks common in ministry settings as well as for preventive educational efforts in the church. The curriculum provides preparation in pastoral care and counseling that would enable those involved in local church as well as agency ministries to enhance health and wholeness in the variety of organizational and social contexts served by these ministries. Concentration courses include:

Choose course according to program3
Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling (For MAMin students only)
Principles of Counseling (For MDiv students only)
MF629Community Mental Health3
MF635Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3
MH656Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
Total Credits12

Post-Christian Ministry (Gateway Church Partnership)

  • San Diego/St. Paul - Online
  • M.Div, M.A.Min.

Post-Christian Ministry is designed as an experience for individuals living in Austin, Texas, and working as interns with Eric Bryant. It is available through the Online delivery format and includes courses taken directly with Gateway Church. The concentration in Post-Christian Ministry is designed for pastors, church planters, teachers, writers, and church leaders who are serving in post-Christian environments or who feel called to reach those not being reached through traditional methods. The concentration emphasizes creating networks (missional communities) and Sunday gatherings where people can “come as they are.” After students complete the concentration, they will know how to engage with people and cultures that are unfamiliar with the Christian tradition, how to help people move from lost to leading, and how to invite skeptics to become Christ-followers who disciple and reach others. The concentration courses, with the exception of the required elective, are operated by Gateway Church. Students in this concentration must register for the concentration courses through Gateway Church and have transcripts sent from Gateway Church to Bethel Seminary to facilitate the transfer of credit. The Post-Christian Ministry concentration consists of the following courses: 

Introduction to Post-Christian Ministry 13
Missional Innovation 13
Leading Missional Organizations 13
Free Elective3
Total Credits12

 These concentration courses are operated by Gateway Church and are not offered at Bethel Seminary.

Young Life Youth Ministry (Young Life Partnership)

  • San Diego/St. Paul/Online
  • M.Div., M.A.Min.

The Young Life Youth Ministry concentration is intended for students who are concurrently involved in the Young Life organization. Young Life courses approved for transfer to Bethel Seminary to meet requirements for this concentration include DC635YL Foundations of Incarnational Youth Ministry; DC636YL Life of Christ: Communicating Christ to Adolescent Culture; ML612YL Leadership I, ML613YL Leadership II; and PC607YL Pastoral Counseling. The Young Life concentration in the M.Div. is comprised of any four of these courses taken in addition to the 63 credits of the M.Div. core, two free electives, Senior Integrative Seminar, and Supervised Ministry. The Young Life concentration in the M.A.Min. is comprised of any four of these courses taken in addition to all other degree requirements.

Academic Plans

The academic plan listed below serve as an example of what completing the Master of Arts in Ministry could look like. This plan is for illustrative purposes only. Variations in course availability may occur due to differences in delivery system, campus, starting term, and other factors. Individual students will consult their academic advisers to create a custom plan based on start term, length of completion, language options, and student preference.

3 Year Completion

First Year
BT510 Hermeneutics3Elective 1.5HS510 Church History Survey3Elective 1.5NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
ML523 Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3 TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3  
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0    
SP001 Formation Assessments0    
 6 1.5 6 1.5 3
Second Year
TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3Elective 1.5OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3Elective 1.5GC512 Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry3
SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3 Elective 3  
TL001 Vocational Assessments0 Meet with Director of Internships 0  
 6 1.5 6 1.5 3
Third Year
NT518 or OT 518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations or Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3Elective 1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3  
Elective 1.5 GS780 Senior Integrative Seminar3  
TL566A Professional Internship A1.5 TL566B Professional Internship B1.5  
 6 1.5 7.5  
Total Credits: 51