Trinity Lutheran Seminary /
Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry
The Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry degree prepares individuals for numerous vocational opportunities with children, youth, and families. This may include congregational ministry, campus ministry, outdoor ministry, and churchwide leadership.
Students in the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry degree program will study scripture, as well as the church’s historical and theological tradition. They will read and interpret contexts of mission and ministry and learn how to lead and navigate within them. Through their training, students will become capable leaders for the church’s youth and family ministry, all the while growing in resiliency and healthy faith journeys.
The Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry degree requires 58 credit hours. Required courses include 26 semester hours in biblical studies, theology, church history, ministry, and denominational identity; 19 semester hours in specialized youth and family ministry courses; 3 semester hours in a focused elective area; and 10 semester hours of general electives. The degree also requires 200 hours of supervised field experience.
A full-time student may complete the degree within two years. However, many persons prefer part-time study while fully employed. Summer courses and evening classes help facilitate part-time study.
A minimum of 200 hours of supervised field experience will be completed in consultation with the Contextual Education Office. This will typically be done through a Leadership in Context placement for 3 consecutive semesters. The aim is for students to engage in the practice of ministry within the framework of academic study and theological reflection.
For the sake of the mission of the church, graduates of the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry degree program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary should be able to: