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Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry/Master of Business Administration


The Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and Master of Business Administration degree program provides Christ-centered graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for children’s ministry leadership by integrating a strong foundation in Children’s Ministry and Business Administration.

This dual degree program is an attractive option for those students who have a strong desire to serve in children’s ministry but will also serve in the administration of weekday ministries, nonprofit organizations, or advocacy programs for children. The MBA provides the strong business foundation needed for strategic administration of all types of ministry programs, while the MA in Children’s Ministry prepares the student for ministry specific to children and their families.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.


MA in Children’s Ministry Requisites

  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey

MBA Requisites     

Accounting I and II
ACCT 5311 Survey of Accounting

Business Law
MANA 51.522 Business Legal Environment

Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
ECON 5311 Managerial Economics

Financial Management
FINA 51.521 - Foundations of Finance

Principles of Management
MANA 51.521 - Management Theory

Principles of Marketing
MRKT 51.521 - Marketing Concepts

MANA 6303 - Research and Statistics

BUAD 5301 - Orientation to American Business Techniques and Culture (for International Students only)

Requisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.


Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

MA IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership
GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry
MACH 6312 - Ministry with Children
MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship
Select one of the following:
MACH 6350 - Ministry in Church Weekday Education Ministries
MACH 6352 - Advanced Childhood Ministry (S-L)+
Six (6) hours of the MBA Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MA Children's Ministry Required Curriculum.

MBA REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


ACCT 6321 - Managerial Accounting
FINA 6301 - Corporate Finance
MANA 6302 - Quantitative Analysis for Managers
MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics
MANA 6341 - Strategic Management Decisions (S-L)* (Capstone course)
MISM 6314 - Management Information Systems
MRKT 6301 - Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)*
Select two courses from MBA concentrations with approval of Program Director or Academic Advisor.
Six (6) hours of the MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MBA Required Curriculum.


30 hours

MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum

30 hours

MBA Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

+ Requisite: MACH 6311, MACH 6312

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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