Master of Arts in Religious Education (Youth Ministry)

Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE): Youth Ministry Degree Program

Offered Hybrid Flex and Fully Online

Number of Credits: 36

The Youth Ministry concentration offers students in the MARE the option of focusing their studies on youth ministry. Participants complete a common core of religious education and youth ministry courses during the first and second year of study, participate in a monthly mentoring seminar, and undertake a culminating capstone project in a youth ministry-related area within religious education

 Youth ministry courses address foundational competencies such as faith formation, adolescent development and sexuality, and pastoral care.  Students become competent in strategies to address the most pressing cultural and systemic realities affecting urban youth and are equipped to engage in traditional youth ministry roles or lead innovative programs outside of religious institutions.

Career Pathways

  • Director of Christian Education/Spiritual Formation
  • Teacher in Primary, Secondary, or Post-secondary School
  • Director of Campus-Based Ministry

Program Chair

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

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Religious Education (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.

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