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Master's Degree in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry is a 36 hour online degree designed to be done while you are serving or volunteering in ministry. This highly practical program is designed to challenge you to tune-up your ministry skills and learn effective new ways to serve God and others in just two years. A professor with real ministry experience will guide you in applying your weekly homework assignments to your local ministry context. Throughout the program you will be engaged in a spiritual formation cohort. This model not only helps motivate you to keep going; it creates a spiritual and relational bond with fellow pilgrims on the journey with whom you can rejoice, struggle, and to whom you can be accountable. 

With 21 credits of core courses and 15 credits of elective courses, you are able to craft your perfect degree. Students may choose to take four electives in a given field and receive a specialization in one of 6 different areas. The entire program can be completed online. While Wesley Seminary offers one-week residential courses, they are not a requirement to complete the degree.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

36 Credit Hours


$551/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

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Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing

There are multiple specializations available for the Master of Arts in Ministry degree:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Worship Arts
Learn more about the specializations.

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Program Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  • A 2.5 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed.
  • An official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed.
  • Two references, including one from a pastor or denominational supervisor.
  • A three-to-four page autobiography and statement of ministry purpose. The ministry purpose statement should reflect one’s sense of God’s direction in relation to Christian ministry or service.
  • A completed Ministry Context Form.

Unclassified admission may be granted to applicants who do not wish or plan to become candidates for the master’s degree from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, or who do not meet the above requirements. Such applicants must complete the unclassified application form and submit a copy of a transcript showing the conferred undergraduate baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 18 credit hours can be earned as an unclassified student. Students wishing to change from unclassified to regular status must follow normal admission procedures and meet all stated admission requirements.


  • Degree requirements must be completed within six years of enrollment with a minimum grade of “C” in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Wesley Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools and is approved to offer the following degrees: Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Practical Theology, Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Ministry.