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Course Requirements

Core Courses28 units
GBBL 511
Seminar in Biblical Interpretation
GBBL 512
The Gospels’ Witness to Christ
GBBL 521
People of God
GTHE 513
History of the Modern Church
GTHE 514
Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church
GMIN 500
Introduction to Youth and Family Ministry
GMIN 501
Foundations of Youth Ministry
Concentration12 units
GMIN 502
Discipleship and Evangelism of Youth
GMIN 504
Pastoral Counseling of Youth
Select one of the following:
GMIN 503
Multicultural Youth Ministry
GMIN 526
Curriculum and Instruction
GMIN 528
Contemporary Issues in Ministry
GMIN 587
Advanced Youth and Family Ministry
Leadership and Mentoring4 units
GMIN 569
Field Education in Ministry*

*Repeated for 4 semesters.

Capstone Project4 units
GMIN 605
Leadership in Youth Ministry
Total for the MAYM48 units

Biblical Languages

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students are required to obtain competence in at least one biblical language for use as an exegetical tool in the study of the Bible. This requirement may be met by the course GBBL 500 (Elements of Greek Exegesis); by transcript evidence of one year of biblical Greek or Hebrew at the undergraduate level; or by GBBL 510, GBBL 520 or GBBL 530, GBBL 540.

It is strongly recommended, however, that students who anticipate further graduate study in theology complete a full-year course in biblical Greek and/or Hebrew. To obtain full benefit from courses in biblical studies, students should enroll in the biblical language course, as well as in GBBL 511 (Seminar in Biblical Interpretation), as early as possible in their academic program.

Advanced Standing

Transfer Units

A student may petition to transfer in up to 60 units for the M.Div., less any Advanced Standing units (e.g., 38 units transfer and 22 units Advanced Standing, or any other combination totaling 60 units), up to 40 units for the MAPS and MA(TS), and up to 32 units for the MAYM, less any Advanced Standing units, from other regionally or ATS-accredited graduate degree programs. Units transferred are limited to one half of an earned master’s degree. A minimum of 30 units for the M.Div., 22 units for the MAPS and MA(TS), and 16 units for the MAYM must be completed at Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Additional Degree Requirements

Supervised Ministry

All students in the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program should devote at least 8 hours per week, for the duration of the program, to the practice of some form of supervised ministry in an approved church or para-church field center. In order to graduate, a student must maintain at least a 2.7 grade-point average.

Time Limit

The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry must be completed within eight years from the date of admission. APU coursework completed more than eight years prior to completion of degree requirements is not acceptable toward the degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each quarter/semester?
While there are no minimum or maximum unit requirements, 9 units is considered a full-time schedule.

How long is a semester?
Semesters generally run for 15 weeks.

How many hours does each class session require?
Both once a week classes, which last for 4 hours and 15 minutes, and twice a week classes, which run for 2 hours each, are available.

How many students will there be in my classes?
Most classes will average 15–18 students.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Classes usually meet once a week, but some are offered twice a week.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.