May 30, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Ministry, M.Min.


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Prerequisites for Admission

In addition to submitting the appropriate application and application fee for graduate study, the candidate must submit the following materials or meet the following requirements in order to be accepted into the MMin program:

  1. Presentation of an official transcript with a completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. This transcript must include a minimum of 12 semester hours in religion. Other prerequisites may apply to the specific emphases.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 295 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.
  3. Two recommendations. If the applicant is employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization.
  4. If applicable, a record of denominational employment indicating the places and dates of service, and the capacity/capacities in which the applicant was employed.
  5. Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following criteria:
    • It is research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.
    • It reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.
    • It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.
    • It meets the standards of at least a B letter-grade paper when compared with other research papers that are completed on the undergraduate level.
  6. For students for whom English is not their first language and they did not graduate from an English-medium college or university, an Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 is required.
  7. Final decisions about acceptance into the program are made by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Religion.

Graduation Requirements

  1. File a completed graduate application with the Records and Advisement Office not less than two months before the expected graduation date.
  2. Finish all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a minimum letter grade of C.  (See grade policies .)
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination with a minimum score of 80%. The examination will consist of writing essays for two hours on major issues from one key area of the student’s emphasis which has been determined in advance by the Graduate Studies Committee. The exam should be completed not less than one month or more than three months after receiving the study guide from the Graduate Program Coordinator, which will be sent after the student completes the last course in his or her program. In case of failure, the exam may be repeated only once. A second failure will disqualify the student for graduation from the MMin program.

Emphasis in Church Leadership and Management


Objectives

  1. To develop a sound Christian leadership philosophy.
  2. To provide a broad knowledge of leadership and management theory skills.
  3. To provide quality training required for new responsibilities in the church and ministry.
  4. To establish a solid spiritual and ethical foundation for Christian faith and practice.

Emphasis in Church Ministry and Homiletics


Objectives

  1. To develop advanced skills in pastoral ministry oriented to the local church.
  2. To equip the local pastor with tools for enhancing his or her ministry.
  3. To provide advanced training in expository preaching.
  4. To provide tools and training for interpreting the Bible in harmony with sound principles of biblical hermeneutics.

Additional Prerequisites for Admission

  1.  A written list of church leadership positions which the applicant has held (E.G., Elder, Deaconess, Sabbath School teacher, and etc.) and outreach activities in which the applicant has engaged (E.G., conducted Bible studies, worked in Revelation Seminars, assisted with health education seminars).
  2. At least one introductory undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Students lacking preaching credits must take RELP 401 - Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching  or an equivalent course to meet the necessary requirement.

Emphasis in Evangelism and World Mission


Objectives

  1. To enhance skills in personal outreach and public evangelism.
  2. To introduce new methods of evangelism and mission outreach for a rapidly changing, post-modern society in North America and the world.
  3. To provide tools and training for interpreting the Bible in harmony with sound principles of biblical hermeneutics.
  4. To emphasize the communication of the gospel in the context of the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14.
  5. To develop skills for societal analysis and interpersonal interaction.

Additional Prerequisites for Admission

  1. A written list of church leadership positions which the applicant has held (e.g., elder, deaconess, Sabbath School teacher, etc.) and outreach activities in which the applicant has engaged (e.g., conducted Bible studies, worked in Revelation seminars, assisted with health education seminars).
  2. At least one introductory undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Students lacking preaching credits must take RELP 401 - Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching  or an equivalent course to meet the necessary requirement.

CORE Courses


Total 36 Hours


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