The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is recognized by the Association of Theological Schools as a degree that provides a basic foundation of study in biblical and theological disciplines, while also preparing students for ministry within and alongside the church. Truett Seminary's master's of divinity degree (MDIV) is a 93-hour program that takes about three years to complete. The new MA degree in Christian ministry will require a minimum of 60 hours that can be completed with two years of full-time study.
"This degree will provide training in practical ministry for persons who wish to serve the church in areas other than the pastorate. In addition, it provides a new and much-needed option for second-career students, who often have families and work in addition to attending school," said David E. Garland, dean of Truett Seminary and The William M. Hinson Chair of Christian Scriptures. "Baylor is the largest Baptist university in the world, and we should be the institution leading the way in preparing those called to the ministry at any stage of life. With this new program, we seek to provide a more flexible, rigorous and innovative curriculum, because we believe churches need outstanding leaders, who have been educated at top-tier institutions, to face the complexities of ministry in today's world."