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Master in
Specialized Ministry 

Discipleship is a transformational journey of spiritual growth. Our cultural context has become more complex. Effective ministry requires specialization.


The Master in Specialized Ministry explores a deeper understanding of Discipleship while developing expertise in your chosen area of ministry specialization.

Embarking on this journey, you are taking hold of a unique opportunity to deepen your faith while simultaneously developing the competency in your area of specialized ministry.

When you apply, a Faculty Mentor walks with you throughout the entire program. 




Online | 30 Credits | Two Years



Master in Specialized Ministry

can be completed in as little as two years

Ministry Seminar I 
Ministry Seminar II​

Research Methods
Research I
Capstone Paper
Program Outcomes

With a focus on rich theological reflection on ministry practice, the Master in Specialized Ministry will help you develop and deepen your knowledge of theological content, be more fully formed in Christian character, and demonstrate competency in ministry. Through the program, you will develop and demonstrate proficiency in the following outcomes: Narrative Research Methodology, Specialized Ministry, Contextualized Ministry, Cultural Competency, and Biblical Integration, 


As part of the Master in Specialized Ministry program, you will complete a Capstone Paper which presents your Notion (understanding) of Ministry and your Approaches (ways to implement your Notion) to ministry. You will work alongside a mentor team crafted around your specialized field of inquiry, and your entire learning experience may be individualized and contextualized for your specialized ministry concentration and research focus. 

Customized Learning Experiences

Northwind uses Guided Education as the foundation of an academic journey exploring specific specializations in ministry. As a Master in Specialized Ministry student, you will be able to engage in individualized and guided learning experiences that encourage deep theological reflection on ministry practice within your context and tradition. Faculty Mentors serve as your guides on this journey.

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