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Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Business Administration Dual Degree Program

Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children‘s Ministry Program Director
Sandra Reid, Ph.D., M.B.A. Program Director

The purpose of the dual M.A. in Children's Ministry and Master of Business Administration degree program is to provide 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, non-profit organizations, or advocacy programs for children. The M.B.A. provides the strong business foundation needed for strategic administration of all types of ministry programs, while the M.A. 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.


Prerequisite course work must be satisfied for both degree programs.

  1. M.A. in Children's Ministry prerequisites are 9 hours: Old Testament Survey or THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation; New Testament Survey or THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation; 3000/4000 Level Religion Course or 5000/6000 Level Theology Course
  2. M.B.A. prerequisites are 15 hours at the 5000-level or 27 hours at the undergraduate level.

Study Plan

  • 30 hrs
    Specialized Preparation for M.A. in Children's Ministry
  • 30 hrs
    Specialized Preparation M.B.A.
  • 60 hrs
    Total Dual Degree

Master of Business Administration

(30 Hours)

And select two courses with approval of M.B.A. Academic Advisor.

M.A. in Children's Ministry

(30 hours)

Select one of the following:

  • MACH 6350
    Ministry in Church Weekday Education Ministries
  • MACH 6352
    Advanced Childhood Ministry (S-L)