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Local Church Ministry, M.A.


There are those interested in or involved in vocational ministry who want to pursue postgraduate study, but pursuing a 75-hour M.Div. is impractical or undesirable. The 48-hour Master of Arts in Local Church Ministry is a wonderful alternative! It includes theology and hermeneutics, spiritual formation and prayer, and a variety of practical ministry courses. The M.A. in Local Church Ministry also offers a concentration in Women’s Leadership.

The following types of students are encouraged to consider this program:

  1. Those already having had several years of vocational ministry experience who desire further theological study in order to be better prepared for the pastoral role.
  2. Students desiring additional theological study for their particular field of ministry.

This is a terminal degree program for those who do not plan to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree in the future.


  • TH 5010 Systematic Theology I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5020 Systematic Theology II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5090 Hermeneutics

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5140 Biblical Backgrounds

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 5320 New Testament Survey (online only)

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 5000 Old Testament Introduction

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6600 Principles and Practice of Prayer

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6010 Spiritual Formation

    Credit Hours: 3
  • MI 5050 Intercultural Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6460 Ministry Philosophy for the Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6210 Expository Preaching and Teaching

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7000 Leadership in the Local Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 5040 Interpersonal Comm. & Conflict Management

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5280 History of Doctrine and the Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7300 Local Church Apprenticeship

    Credit Hours: 6
  • PM 7320 Church Apprenticeship II

    Credit Hours: 3

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Arts program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:

  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 GPA in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to
  2. A spiritual life reference
  3. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.