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Ministry Studies

Master of Arts

Classes are taught by highly qualified faculty with extensive ministry experience.


Our master of arts in ministry studies program is designed to equip you for full-time ministry in the local church or on the mission field, or for pursuing advanced seminary training with a focus on ministry applications.

Throughout the program, you’ll grow in your knowledge of God’s Word, be challenged to live a holy life, and be inspired to serve God more effectively.

Bob Jones University Seminary is committed to the absolute authority of the Word of God. All of our programs maintain a careful balance of educating both “the head and the heart.” We strive to prepare you to be a person of knowledge, compassion, integrity and courage who inspires God’s people to grow in the image of Christ.

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The master of arts in ministry studies program is designed to help you formulate a biblical philosophy of ministry and develop comprehensive ministry skills for use in the local church or on the mission field.

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn to apply sound principles of interpretation to Scripture, answer practical life and ministry questions biblically, and sharpen your ministry philosophy.

This program offers two elective emphases: cross-cultural studies and pastoral studies. Pastoral studies electives equip men to enter the ministry as youth pastor or assistant pastor and also offer excellent preparation for pursuing the master of divinity degree. These electives may be earned through modular courses available on Mondays only, over six consecutive semesters.

Our cross-cultural studies emphasis prepares men and women for foreign missions and cross-cultural ministry. You’ll develop your knowledge of both the theory and practice of missions and ministry in different cultures. You’ll explore the many aspects of cultural anthropology as you learn to minister the unchanging Word of God in other cultures and to other groups.

Master of Arts Core

A key part of your seminary education is the unique combination of core courses designed to provide thorough grounding in theology, biblical backgrounds, church history, interpretation and practical Christian living. The core is part of each master of arts program in the Seminary. Core courses include:

  • New Testament Introduction
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Sanctification

Learning Experiences

Mack Library

One of the greatest aids to your study at the Seminary will be Mack Library. The library is well stocked with relevant theological resources and staffed by librarians familiar with the needs of upper-level theological students.

As of 2018, the library contains more than 228,230 physical volumes of books, 194,320 e-books, 13,600 bound periodicals, and approximately 325,017 total items. The library subscribes to approximately 661 periodicals and provides access to more than 200 databases. The databases provide electronic access to e-journals, e-books, abstracts and full-text articles. The periodicals are available in either print or electronic form, depending on the periodical. An extensive sermon file is available electronically.

Excellent Facilities

All seminary classrooms are equipped with a faculty computer, an LED projector and large screen for easy use of the Web or exegetical/presentation software for effective class lectures and student presentations.

The Seminary also offers a Research and Reading Room, containing 56 study carrels, multiple computers for student use, a commercial printer and several spacious study carrels reserved for doctoral dissertation writers. The Research and Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Seminary, also contains a theological reference library of more than 700 volumes (additional to the vast resources of Mack Library, located just yards from the Seminary). Each of the 6 computers in the Research and Reading Room is equipped with premier exegetical software.

LOGOS Software

You will complete projects in core courses using LOGOS Bible Software. LOGOS is available at a special discount through the Seminary. LOGOS Details


Our faculty is a team of specialists who have terminal degrees and are also experienced in real-life ministry.

They bring a combined total of more than 450 years of ministry experience to the classroom, with an average of 20 years per faculty member.

Our faculty have served as pastors, church leaders, missionaries, church planters, youth pastors and writers. All are committed to the absolute authority and proper exegesis of Scripture and are passionate about the subject matter they teach.

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Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

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Program Objectives


  • Organize and lead local church ministry in a way that reflects a mature understanding of sound biblical doctrine and leadership principles.
  • Formulate biblically sound theological beliefs that show critical thinking and experienced knowledge of the Scriptures.
  • Communicate biblical truth, especially through careful writing and culturally effective preaching or teaching, while giving attention to sound hermeneutics.

Church Ministry

Church Planting/Revitalization

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