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Master of Arts in Christian Education

Students interested in vocational or bi-vocational positions in Christian organizations should consider the Master of Arts (MA) in Christian Education. This degree program is ideal for those interested in full or part-time ministry education positions, those with a background as a lay leader, current educator/administrator, or professionals from other disciplines who wish to enhance their credentials. Graduates will be prepared to lead Christian education programs such as those related to family-life education, youth, children, and women’s ministries or serve as teachers and administrators in secondary and post-secondary Christian institutions.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Education program the graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop a biblical philosophy of Christian education.
  2. Develop leadership skills that are effective in church settings or in other groups and organizations.
  3. Utilize sound interpretation principles of Old and New Testament texts.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate use of curriculum and instruction principles.
  5. Develop skills to locate and analyze research that can then be communicated through publication and serve as a foundation for curriculum development and other educational ministry purposes.

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Christian Education program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

  1. Application with fee.
  2. Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Arts in Christian Education may be completed in 4 semesters. A student may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

The Course Requirements of 36 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Christian Education consists of program specific courses.

Amridge University recognizes that students transferring from other institutions may have earned academic credit that is applicable to their Academic Plan at the University. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 15 semester hours of coursework into the Master of Arts in Christian Education.


Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Christian Education, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a total of 36 graduate semester hours of the required coursework;
  2. At least 21 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;
  3. Complete all required coursework for the degree;
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0;
  5. Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0; and
  6. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

The Course Requirements of 36 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Christian Education consists of program specific courses.

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Christian Education Sem. Hrs.
BI 6320 History of the Bible 3
CI 6310 Course Planning 3
CI 6311 Advanced Course Planning 3
CI 6320 Course Assessment 3
NT 6301 Critical Introduction to the New Testament 3
OT 6301 Critical Introduction to the Old Testament 3
PS 6303 Educational Program of the Local Church 3
PS 6304 Principles of Teaching the Bible 3
– OR –
CI 6337 Teaching Practicum
PS 6326 History and Philosophy of Christian Education 3
RS 6310 Introduction to Biblical Related Research 3
Choose two from the following courses 6
LD 6351 Leadership Foundations
LD 6353 Leadership Vision and Values
LD 6362 Spiritual Leadership
PS 6301 Christian Ministry
Total Hours for Master’s Degree 36

Employment Setting:

  • Educators in Ministry
  • Christian School educators
  • Christan teachers – family, youth, children
  • Current educators and administrators

Job Listings:

 Common Titles:

  • Christian school educator
  • Youth Minister
  • Christian School Teacher
  • Minister of Education

Salary Information: