Master of Ministry | MMIN
The Master of Ministry (M.Min.) degree provides a solid foundation for ministry service by focusing on the core competencies of pastoral ministry. While providing a foundation of biblical and theological study, the program emphasizes practical ministry training, with a particular emphasis on leadership in ministry. The degree program will be appropriate for a variety of persons, including those already in ministry who are ready for advanced study, and persons entering ministry who seek an effective preparation for hands-on ministry service. The program will also be of value for committed lay leaders in the church who seek to advance their capacity and preparation for service.
The Master of Ministry is offered primarily online The program is designed to be convenient for persons who are already employed full-time and seek graduate education in a more accessible format and schedule.
The 36-hour Master of Ministry typically can be completed in 2 to 3 years. The maximum time for completing the graduate program is 5 years.
Admissions and Requirements
Anderson University accepts students on the basis of academic qualification, character and evidence of the potential to benefit from the university experience. Each applicant’s record will be examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character, and seriousness of purpose. The University considers all qualified applications without regard to race, religious creed, place of national origin, sex, disability, or ethnic group. Admission will be on a competitive basis, with the best qualified students receiving priority.
Official transcripts for all coursework leading to completion of a bachelor and/or graduate degree(s) from a regionally-accredited institution that demonstrates an acceptable undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
3 Recommendation Letters
One of the recommendation letters must be from the pastor/minister of the local church where the applicant is currently a member; if the applicant is the pastor, then the letter may come from another leader within the church.
A one page essay explaining the reason for your application and the potential impact of the M.Min. degree on your ministry. The purpose of the essay is to establish the applicant’s motivation for pursuing the degree and the applicant’s professional goals.
Official sealed transcripts are to be directly mailed to Admission Operations, 316 Boulevard Box 1127, Anderson, SC 29621
Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally-accredited college, university or seminary may be transferred into the degree program at the time the student is admitted, provided the grades earned were B or higher. Transferability of hours will be determined by the Dean based on equivalence to courses required in the M.Min. program.
Even if you do not meet all the requirements, let us know. Maybe we can work something out so that you can get started.
We understand that sometimes your educational journey does not work out the way you had originally planned. Clamp Divinity School offers leveling courses for those who are unable to meet the admissions requirements.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The current cost of tuition is $385* per credit hour or $1,155 for a three-hour course. The entire cost for the program comes out around $13,800. While institutional scholarships are not currently available for M.Min. students, such students can obtain educational loans through the Financial Aid office. We also have a selected list of potential scholarship opportunities.
*This amount is subject to change and dependent upon institutional discretion. Additional fees may apply.
Why consider the Master of Ministry Degree?
At Anderson University, you are benefiting from the quality of one of the finest Christian universities in the nation. Anderson is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Regional accreditation is the national standard for education quality and is a mark of excellence.
We are committed to biblical fidelity and authority as a standard for life and ministry. We believe in the full truthfulness and inspiration of holy Scripture, which is the foundation for all we teach.
We emphasize leadership training. Compared to many seminaries – where you might have one course on church administration – the M.Min. at Anderson University requires three courses in leadership, dealing with practical issues like budgets, staff, working with volunteers, conflict management, managing change, and vision.
What’s the difference between the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Ministry (M.Min)?
There are many similarities between the Master of Divinity and the Master programs. Both degrees are graduate level degrees with a focus on leadership. Both degrees will provide adequate training for vocational ministry. So how do you decide which is best for you?
What kind of training do you need?
The M.Min. is designed for those already in full-time ministry who are ready for some advanced study. The Master of Divinity is a more robust degree for those who are considering advanced degrees. Most chaplaincy and doctoral programs require M.Div. level degrees.
Do you have the time?
The M.Min. is a 36-hour degree whereas the Master of Divinity is a 75-hour degree. The Master of Ministry is a streamlined version of the M.Div. The Master of Ministry does not include the study of Biblical languages nor does it include the large selection of elective courses.