the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Christian Education

The Master of Arts in Christian Education is a professional degree program that prepares persons for specialized ministry in Christian education and/or leadership. The program integrates theology with Christian education and leadership and also allows students to select an emphasis in one specialized area of ministry. Graduates of this program will be prepared for ministries in discipleship, youth and children’s ministry, and executive leadership.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in various educational ministries.
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required) (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies (27 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 25120 Introduction to Church History I or II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Ministry and Proclamation (2 hours)
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry (6 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
Christian Education Studies (12 hours)
45150 Worldview, Culture, and Discipleship 3
45250 Family Ministry Through the Lifespan 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
40080 Pastoral Leadership1 3
BGS Electives (12 hours)
BGS Applied Ministry: 44920 (2 hours)
Total: 61
• Written Communication (if required) +2

1Pastoral Leadership (40080) is reserved for men. Women will substitute any Women’s Ministry Course (48xxx).

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.