This degree has been designed for the local church Pastor who is a

Bi-vocational Pastor, Second Career Pastor or Lay Pastor.


Traditional seminary degrees are often out of reach due to work, family, geography or finances.

Our degree is offered entirely online featuring video-based micro-lectures, ZOOM video-conferencing, and tutorial formats.

The Diploma reads:

Master in Pastoral Ministry

Faculty-Mentor Directed

The Faculty Mentor facilitates scheduled video conversations and participates in the portfolio preparation and examination.

Capstone Experience

Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Capstone Project that addresses a Need or Opportunity in their ministry context.

Online and Flexible

Students set their own schedule and proceed at their own pace. Each course can be completed within 30 to 90 days.

Master's Degree

Pastoral Ministry

Course of Study

The 60 credit hour course of study includes:

     Twelve 3-credit hour courses:

Introduction to Graduate Studies

Old Testament

New Testament

Church History


Pastoral Care

Spiritual Formation

Christian Worship & Preaching

Missional Church

Christian Education

Church Administration

Ministerial Ethics

Capstone Experience

Four 6-credit hour courses

Capstone Research I

Capstone Research II

Capstone Project

Capstone Paper



Ministry Experience may be applied to the course requirements following an evaluation of those experiences.