Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM)

Number of Credits: 48 

The Master of Arts and Youth Ministry (MAYM) is a two-year degree designed for those who are called to serve young people. The program specializes in the study and practice of youth ministry in urban contexts. Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in traditional youth ministry roles or lead innovative youth programs outside of religious institutions. The forty-eight-credit curriculum is designed for full-time study. Students complete a common core of courses in the Bible, theology, and church history, in addition to specialized courses in youth ministry. Students cover foundational competencies such as faith formation, adolescent development, sexuality, and pastoral care. They also gain competencies in strategies to address the most pressing cultural and systemic realities affecting urban youth. The classes emphasize practical applications of learning as well as theological reflection on the urban realities of young people.

Career Pathways

  • Youth Minister
  • Director of Youth Development Program
  • Director of Parachurch Youth Program

Program Chair

Dr. Tamara Henry, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree program is open to women and men who:

  • possess a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college (applicants holding degrees or diplomas from another country may be required to provide a translated copy and to provide further information to help the admissions committee determine equivalency).
  • demonstrate evidence of an ability to do graduate level study, primarily assessed through the written answers to the application essay questions and through recommendations.
  • are able to articulate in a manner that is appropriate to their own experience and faith tradition an understanding of their call to serve in the specialized area of youth ministry.
  • currently belong to a community of faith that recognizes or expects the applicant to exercise his or her calling to youth ministry; or be willing to work within such a community of faith, exercising her or his calling to youth ministry.

Due to Covid-19,

all NYTS classes will take place remotely for the Fall 2020 semester