- Course Requirements
- Biblical Languages
- Advanced Standing
- Transfer Units
- Additional Degree Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
|Core Courses||28 units|
GBBL 511Seminar in Biblical Interpretation
GBBL 512The Gospels’ Witness to Christ
GBBL 521People of God
GTHE 513History of the Modern Church
GTHE 514Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church
GMIN 500Introduction to Youth and Family Ministry
GMIN 501Foundations of Youth Ministry
GMIN 502Discipleship and Evangelism of Youth
GMIN 504Pastoral Counseling of Youth
|Select one of the following:|
GMIN 503Multicultural Youth Ministry
GMIN 526Curriculum and Instruction
GMIN 528Contemporary Issues in Ministry
GMIN 587Advanced Youth and Family Ministry
|Leadership and Mentoring||4 units|
GMIN 569Field Education in Ministry*
*Repeated for 4 semesters.
|Capstone Project||4 units|
GMIN 605Leadership in Youth Ministry
|Total for the MAYM||48 units|
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.
- M.Div. students may petition for up to 15 units of advanced standing from upper-division undergraduate work in religion.
- The number of core courses in any department that may be replaced by advanced standing is limited to two.
- MAPS students may petition for up to 10 units of advanced standing from upper-division undergraduate work in religion.
- MA(TS) students may petition for up to 10 units of advanced standing on the basis of undergraduate biblical language study or upper-division undergraduate coursework in religion.
- MAYM students may petition for up to eight units of advanced standing from undergraduate coursework in religion.
- Prior to formal admission, the Request for Advanced Standing Petition form should be completed.
- All advanced standing examinations are administered in a proctored setting.
- Students must pass examinations for advanced standing within 12 months of their admission date. The cost for the exam is $50 per unit. If the student passes the exam(s), then he/she will not be required to pay full tuition for those units.
- A student may repeat advanced standing examinations one time without further charge.
- Courses in which a grade of B- or lower was earned may not be used for advanced standing.
- Students admitted under the exceptional category may not petition for advanced standing units.
- Undergraduate work must be from an accredited college or university.
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 the Graduate School of Theology.
Additional Degree Requirements
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.
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.