the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry

The Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry is a practitioner’s degree program that prepares persons for specialized service in local church youth ministry. The program integrates theology with principles of effective youth ministry. It includes courses in theological studies, biblical studies, and historical studies as well as Christian education, and leadership studies. Graduates of this program will be prepared for ministries in discipleship, youth ministry, children’s ministry, college ministry, and denominational roles in youth ministry as well as with para-church youth ministry organizations.

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 the area of youth and family ministry.
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)? (2)
42490 Cooperative Program 0
Scripture and Interpretation (15 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
Theology and Tradition (12 hours)
25100 Introduction to Church History I or Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Ministry and Proclamation (12 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40080 Theology and Practice of Leadership or 3
40600 Foundations of Worship
Youth and Family Ministry Studies (12 hours)
41800 The Youth and Family Minister 3
Choose 3 courses from below:
46000 Youth Development and Ministry 3
46100 Ministry to Adolescents in Crisis 3
46105 Effective Communication to Adolescents 3
46115 Progam Development & Planning in Youth Ministry 3
46120 Strategies for Campus Outreach 3
Youth Ministry Field Education (2 hours)
46290 Youth Ministry Field Education: Survey 1
46293 Youth Ministry Field Education:Leadership 1
M.A. Core 39
Youth and Family Ministries Studies 12
Field Education  2
Total (53)
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.