Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership Admissions

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership program at Judson University is an accelerated, innovative, cohort-based program designed to educate, equip, and empower scholar-leaders for vocational ministry in churches and other ministry organizations. Admission to the program will be offered to the applicant whose overall profile demonstrates the ability to succeed in and contribute to both this graduate degree program and future ministry, based on the person’s prior and current ministry involvement and a review of the following application materials.


Admission into the Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership program at Judson University requires:

  • A completed application
  • Completed survey: Am I Ready for the Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership Program?
  • Application fee of $35
  • Two letters of reference from ministry leaders which speak to the character and Christian maturity of the applicant as well as the applicant’s potential for ministry leadership; at least one should be from the place of ministry leadership involvement.
  • Official signed and sealed transcripts of all college and graduate work; a grade point of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is preferred
  • An undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries or a related field is preferred but not required; those with non-ministry related undergraduate degrees should submit a detailed list of formal and non-formal learning experiences for each of the following areas: (Seminars, conferences, individual courses, books….)
    • Theology and Biblical History and Interpretation
    • Leadership and Administration
    • Teaching and Speaking
    • Spiritual Formation, Mentoring, and Discipleship
    • Social Science Foundations: Culture and Human Development
  • Typewritten, double-spaced essay (not to exceed 500 words) describing the student's purpose and goals for pursing the Master of Leadership in Ministry

The whole of the above will be considered regardless of any particular strengths or weaknesses within a single component.


Decisions regarding admission are determined by the director of the program and the Department of Christian Ministries. Applicants will be notified by mail regarding their application status once the application and all ancillary materials are submitted and have been reviewed. Questions regarding application status may be directed to the administrative assistant for the Department of Christian Ministries at Once admitted, it is the responsibility of the student to schedule a meeting with the Program Director to discuss the course schedule.