The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ministry is a 30 hour program designed for church members, pastoral staff, and others in the ministry who desire to enhance their knowledge of the Bible and ministry skills. This e4-12 program is only offered through churches or organizations that are in partnership with Piedmont International University and authorized to offer the online classes. With this offering you can receive an accredited Master's degreee or you may take this for personal enrichment. See more information about the e4-12 program and how to participate.







Admissions Requirements

The student must have:

  • completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • An application with Piedmont International University
  • Followed all steps of admissions




 Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  • Defend a biblical worldview using the basic tenets of Christian theology
  • Preach/teach hermeneutically sound messages and Bible lessons
  • Utilize modern technology to enhance ministry effectiveness
  • Communicate the message of the Gospel to our culture and cross culturally

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 9
Theology 6
Ministry  Studies 12
Research 3
Total 30

Degree Completion Plan

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Five years

Minimum Hours to be completed at Piedmont
15 hours

Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits are not to exceed 50% of the degree requirements.  No Advanced Standing is available.

Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 30 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of the prescribed courses (including Transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 and passing the M.A. Comprehensive Examination.

M.A. Comprehensive Examination
This exam is a “capstone” experience during the last two semesters before graduation. The exams are designed to incorporate subject areas from a core of courses, as well as from the student’s concentration. Adequate time will be allotted for a careful and thorough review of foundational theology and appropriate coursework to determine the knowledge and position of the student. A summary of the student’s responses and a complete evaluation of his/her performance will become part of the student’s permanent record. In the event that a student does not respond in an adequate manner, a corrective direction will be recommended, and the student will be allowed one retest after a period of at least one month. The comprehensive examination must be taken at a scheduled time. A request to complete the exam should be submitted to the Dean of the appropriate school. This form must be submitted by October
15 for fall completion or by December 15 for spring graduation. Details on the exam may also be obtained from the Dean of the appropriate school.