Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

With an emphasis on practical and personal formation, and a solid underpinning of biblical and theological studies, this degree is designed for a variety of students. Those with pastoral experience or involvement with Christian agencies, either as staff or volunteers, can strengthen their ministry foundations and develop new skills. Others may want training to help them minister more effectively in the marketplace. Internships and other opportunities give students experience in Fresno’s diverse ethnic culture. Electives help students focus on areas of interest.

Unique Features

  • Faculty and students build personal relationships 
  • Emphases on academic study and practical ministry experience 
  • Faculty have published a wide range of theological and practical literature
  • Students and faculty advisors shape and evaluate a personal growth plan

Our Graduates

Career paths for graduates of this program include:

  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Youth ministry 
  • Cross-cultural, global church planting 
  • Volunteer ministry within church congregations 
  • Missions pastor within a North American church context
  • Parachurch/church planting opportunities in urban, cross-cultural settings within Fresno
  • Ministry in the business world
  • Local, cross-cultural urban ministry missions
  • Cross-cultural ministry and community outreach

Admissions Requirements

  • Commitment to and desire for Christian ministry and service
  • Application form and fee
  • Official transcript of BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 2.5 GPA*)
  • Personal profile statement and short answer questions
  • Three references
  • Writing sample from undergraduate education

*Lower GPA may be considered under special circumstances

For additional admission information, please view our admissions page or contact Joseph Medina, ministry and biblical studies program representative, at 559-453-2322 or

Further Info

Cost: $420 per unit (Financial aid is available.)

Units: 60