Master of Arts in Urban Mission

This degree equips practitioners personally, theologically and practically to provide effective leadership in urban mission in both North American and global contexts. It includes biblical and theological foundations, cross-cultural, sociological and anthropological tools, analysis of historical and contemporary mission issues, ministry skills, and partnership opportunities in mission. This degree integrates evangelism, community development, church planting, leadership development, peacemaking, contextual theology and the mission of God.

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Community leadership concentration: prepares students to lead congregations and faith-based community benefit organizations in today's complex urban environments.
  • Global mission concentration: gives students the opportunity to tailor the program to prepare for service in a variety of urban or non-urban settings.

Unique Features

  • Students have opportunities to:
    • Interact extensively with urban ministry practitioners in the Fresno area
    • Learn from the experience of Christian organizations in Fresno and other cities
  • Faculty has published a wide range of theological and practical literature.
  • Faculty and students build personal relationships.
  • Students and faculty shape and evaluate a personal growth plan.

Our Graduates

Career paths for graduates of this program include:

  • Urban ministry work locally and cross-culturally
  • Work within community based organizations
  • Missions pastor within a North American church context
  • Volunteer ministry within church congregations

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