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MA in Youth & Family Ministry

Those interested in pursing a career as a youth pastor or in youth ministry may be interested in Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry program. This program combines theology with the skills needed for ministering to families of multi-generational members.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in this program should be excited about working in a leadership role from a Christian perspective with children, teens, and families. Those with a desire to serve their local communities and churches may find this program to be a good fit for them. In order to apply, you must show completion of an accredited bachelor's degree program and a minimum GPA of 2.8. Students who are unable to meet the GPA requirements may be able to apply sufficient GRE or GMAT exam scores. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry program at Grand Canyon University, students have the opportunity to study the Biblical principles needed to lead youth and family ministry to a variety of ages. This program highlights the role of Christianity in providing Biblical-centered direction and leadership to youth, adolescents and their family members. Courses offered in this program include the foundations of the New and Old Testaments, stages of development and how they affect the formation of faith, and pastoral care through conflict and crisis. Those looking to enter a career as a youth pastor must also complete supervised ministry hours where they are able to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

38 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Various financial aid options, including scholarships, loans and grants, may be available for students at Grand Canyon University. Special discounts are available for high school students and the military. For more information about how to receive financial aid, contact the university financial aid office.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry Program

Students in this degree program are required to complete 38 credits of core requirements to receive their master's degree. Because degree programs and course options are subject to change, please contact Grand Canyon University for specifics before enrolling in any program.

Major Requirements (38 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry and Theology
  • Ministerial Ethics
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Practical Theology
  • Old Testament Foundations
  • New Testament Foundations
  • Christian Doctrines
  • Foundations of Youth and Family Ministry
  • Stages of Development and Faith Formation
  • Conflict, Crisis, and Pastoral Care

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

For students who are looking to further their education, doctoral degrees are available in youth ministry, family ministry or theology. These advanced degree options may provide graduates of a master's level program increased leadership opportunities or greater employment options.

Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Youth Ministry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry with a Concentration on Family Ministry

Career Paths:

After completing this program, graduates may be eligible to pursue roles as youth pastors or leaders in churches, social service organizations, educational institutions or other Christian organizations. Using the skills and knowledge provided in their master's-level courses, graduates may be eligible to provide the leadership and guidance required of those working with youth ministry or with young people and their families.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Sports team chaplain
  • Church youth director
  • Children's ministry director
  • Youth outreach specialist