Master in Ministry

Program Overview

Are you passionate about seeing people transformed through ministry? Do you have a desire to both deepen your knowledge and understanding of Scripture, as well as gain practical tools for the everyday reality of ministry? 

PLNU’s Master of Ministry (M.Min) program has been designed with the student in mind. By combining a strong ministry component with rigorous academics, PLNU’s M.Min is ideal for both practicing and aspiring pastors and other ministry leaders.

Within the Master of Ministry program, you will be equipped and empowered to be a strong leader whose preaching and teaching impacts the lives around you. Develop a better understanding of how to lead a missional church and how Wesleyan theology can inform your contemporary ministry. 

The program is designed to accommodate students who live at a distance (often in ministry assignments). Courses are offered in eight-week quads, including a one-week intensive. You are expected to engage in pre-course assignments and post-course assignments. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on both academic rigor 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 a course that focuses on application in local ministry.

Student Profile

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John E. Miller, Rev.

Building a coalition of churches of differing traditions isn’t something Reverend John E. Miller, Senior Pastor of Wahiawa Community Church of the Nazarene in Oahu, Hawaii would have done before getting his Masters of Ministry at PLNU. Read more

After completing the Master of Ministry program, students will be able to:

  • Incorporate Christian formation in the local congregation and the life of the minister
  • 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 the leadership of the pastor in the local congregation
  • Analyze theology, ethics, and Church history, especially as related to the Wesleyan tradition and contemporary ministry

Master of Divinity

As part of Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Multi-Campus Seminary initiative, you can now take NTS coursework at PLNU toward the completion of a Master of Divinity degree. PLNU Master of Ministry units may also be transferred into the NTS M.Div.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU.

What is required to be admitted into the graduate program?

  • 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
  • A writing sample that includes a statement of commitment to Christian values and to excellence in scholarship

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. This program also qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. For specific details, please contact PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Student Services center.

Can I be part of the program as I work full time?

Absolutely. The Master of Ministry program consists of blended in-person and online courses that allow for a flexible schedule, so you can continue to work full or part time. Each course is nine weeks long: four weeks of pre-course online work, a one-week intensive at PLNU’s campus, and a final four weeks of post-course online work. You will also have the option to choose some electives offered in other formats.

Do I need to be part of the Wesleyan tradition?

Courses include a Wesleyan emphasis, but all Christian traditions are invited and will be well served by the program. In fact, hospitality of ideas and other traditions is an important part of a Wesleyan perspective.

Do I need to be in a current ministry assignment?

While most students in our program are actively involved in ministry, recent graduates who have not yet gained ministry experience are welcome.

I’m from out of the area; are there on-campus housing options available for the one-week intensives?

We do on occasion have on-campus housing options available for a small fee. PLNU also partners with Bartell Hotels who gladly extend a preferred discount rate to all students. Find out more about our partnership with Bartell.

Who teaches the courses?

While each course is assigned a professor of record from PLNU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry, we also invite guest lecturers to the week intensive who are practicing professionals and specialists in their fields.

PLNU only teaches 24 of the 36 units required to complete the Master of Ministry degree; what are the options to fulfill the final 12 units?

The remaining 12 units of electives may be earned by:

  • Transfer of coursework from Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Transfer of other approved graduate-level coursework (up to 6 units)
  • Cross-referenced graduate-level coursework in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry
  • Independent study

Información Preliminar de la Maestría en Ministerio en Español

La Maestría en Ministerio (MMin) es un programa de estudios de postgrado de 36 unidades  que ofrece PLNU totalmente en español y que es acreditado por la WASC.

Curriculum

  • Formación Cristiana (3 unidades)
  • Liderazgo y Ministerio (3 unidades)
  • Estudio de las Sagradas Escrituras (3 unidades)
  • Predicando y Enseñando las Sagradas Escrituras (3 unidades)
  • La Iglesia en Misión (3 unidades)
  • La Misión Cristiana en Contextos Locales (3 unidades)
  • Tradición Cristiana (3 unidades)
  • Teología Wesleyana y Ministerio Contemporáneo (3 unidades)

Los estudiantes podrán seleccionar cuatro cursos más (12 unidades) dentro de una variedad de opciones permitiéndoles especializarse en determinada área de interés.   

El programa se iniciará en el otoño del 2017. Si usted desea iniciar el proceso de inscripción por el momento puede hacerlo utilizando la solicitud de admisión en inglés en esta página donde también encontrará información de ayuda financiera y otros pormenores.

Para toda la información preliminar puede contactar al director del programa Dr. Jonathan Salgado (jsalgado@pointloma.edu).

Instrucción: Los profesores son seleccionados en base a sus credenciales académicas, orientación teológica y experiencia ministerial.

Formato del Programa: Híbrido (una semana de instrucción presencial precedida y seguida por tres o cuatro semanas de trabajo en línea)
 
Ubicación: El campus de PLNU (podría ser también en LA y/o Bakersfield)

Unidades Necesarias: 36 unidades 

Fecha de Inicio: Septiembre del 2017 

Costo: $260 por unidad (habrá becas disponibles)   

Course List

Department Faculty

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Are you ready to take the next step and apply?

We’re here to make the entire process a simple one. We’ll walk you through the application process, answer your questions, and get you one step closer to earning your degree.

Priority Application Date(s):

  • Summer 2017 Quad I: May 30
  • Summer 2017 Quad II: June 19
  • Fall 2017: July 25

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 2.75 or higher you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's Master of Ministry program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from an institution that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admissions (the application fee is waived for M.Min. applicants).
  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
     
  3. Submit a personal essay that addresses the following topic:
    • Submit a writing sample that includes a statement of commitment to Christian values and to excellence in scholarship.
  4. Submit two professional recommendations. You will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their name, title and email.

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Exceptions Policy*: If you have below a 2.75 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

State Authorization

State authorization is a formal determination by a state that Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is approved to conduct activities regulated by that state. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state, and the University has opted at this time not to seek authorization in some states. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.

At this time PLNU does not have authorization in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin, which means residents of these states cannot enroll in any PLNU online program or course. This may change over time, so PLNU recommends that individuals contact PLNU Admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

PLNU’s Master of Ministry will prepare you to further your career as a working minister, expanding both your understanding and your impact. You will grow your passion for ministry, gain expertise in the study of Scripture, and be empowered you to lead a missional church.

“The one-week intensive structure of the PLNU Master of Ministry program allows me to balance both ministry and scholastic pursuits. I am able to make my Wednesday and Sunday commitments while still being in class. Likewise, the online coursework before and after the one-week intensive is designed to work around my schedule and as a bi-vocational pastor, this has been extremely important for my ability to complete courses.”    

Garrett Belvins
Student, Master of Ministry