Fall 2015 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Jul 01, 2022  
Fall 2015 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Ministry

Program Description

The Master of Ministry program is designed to educate and accommodate students who live at a distance (often in ministry assignments). Courses are offered in one week intensives.  Students are expected to engage in pre-course assignments (reading, etc.) and post course assignments (discussion, terms papers, etc.). The curriculum has a strong emphasis on both academic rigor (preparation for possible continuation of graduate studies) and practical ministry.

The degree is designed around four central emphases which are highlighted in the core courses:

  • Christian Formation
  • Christian Scripture
  • Church in Mission
  • Christian Tradition

Each of these courses is paired with an elective course that focuses on ministry practice.

Prior to completion of the thirty-six (36) required units for the PLNU Master of Ministry degree, students will have the option to request of the Office of Records that the PLNU degree not be posted, allowing the maximum number of units to be utilized toward the completion of the Master of Divinity degree as outlined in the partnership agreement between PLNU and Nazarene Theological Seminary. 

Vision Statement

The purpose of this degree is to provide a program in academic and professional ministry competencies rooted in the classic theological disciplines and engaged with contemporary life, resulting in leadership skills in the formation of character in Christian communities. The desired outcome is the integration of theology and ministry culminating in graduates who are “practical thinkers and thinking practitioners.” The program builds on basic prerequisites in undergraduate work and professional experience, providing education intended to lead to lifelong learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete PLNU’s Master of Ministry program will be able to:

  • Incorporate Christian formation in the local congregation and the life of the candidate;
  • Interpret scripture especially as related to preaching and teaching in the local church;
  • Explain the nature, mission, and social context of the Church, especially as related to ecclesial practices and leadership of the pastor in the local congregation; and
  • Analyze theology, ethics, and Church history, especially as related to the Wesleyan tradition in contemporary ministry.

Program Eligibility for the Master of Ministry

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • A completed application for admission to the program;
  • Official transcripts indicating an approved undergraduate degree;
  • An interview with the director of the Master of Ministry program; and
  • A writing sample which includes a statement of commitment to Christian values and to excellence in scholarship.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (online or in the Office of Records, main campus);
  2. A completed graduation application with appropriate approvals;
  3. Successful completion of all core course requirements (12 units) and a minimum of 24 units total units completed at PLNU;
  4. Completion of a minimum of 36 units (including core courses);
  5. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher; and
  6. All accounts paid in full.

All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Required Courses

The following four (4) courses are team taught by guest lecturers, professionals in their respective fields, along with faculty from the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and other appropriate academic departments of the university.

Total: 12 Units

Required Electives

Four (4) elective courses are taught as a part of the two year rotation.

Total: 12 Units

Program Completion


The remaining twelve (12) units of electives may be earned by:

1) transfer of coursework from Nazarene Theological Seminary*; 

2) transfer of approved graduate-level course work;

3) cross-referenced graduate-level course work in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry; or

4) registration in Christian Ministry 690 Special Studies.

*Students transferring units from Nazarene Theological Seminary may do so up to the limit approved by the Graduate Studies Committee and specified in the partnership agreement between PLNU and NTS.


Total: 12 Units

Total for Master of Ministry Degree: 36 units