Master of Arts in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry program is designed to provide graduate-level preparation for those who wish to be more effective servants of the Lord.

The program consists of 14 credits of core requirements that emphasize fundamentals of Biblical interpretation and effective Biblical communication and 18 credits of approved electives in your chosen emphasis so that you acquire deeper knowledge and practice. You will also complete a capstone project.  Your emphasis can be Christian Service, Church Music, or Pastoral Ministry.

Substitute Credits

According to the New Testament, pastoral leadership is the responsibility of men. Female applicants may be admitted into the IBCS M.A.Min. program. Admittance, however, is with the understanding that IBCS does not train women for or place women into pastoral ministry. Therefore, those admitted will be required to select 4 credits of general electives in place of PR 671 and PR 672.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.A.Min., the successful student will:

  1. Recognize and articulate theological values according to a thoroughly Biblical and historically Baptistic position.
  2. Communicate Biblical truth clearly and effectively, whether in print or in speech.
  3. Develop relevant answers to current ministry problems and issues.
  4. Serve and lead in the local church with administrative, relational, and spiritual adeptness.

Department Head

Dr. David Shumate
Dr. David Shumate
Dr. David Shumate came to know the Lord while in Harvard Law School through the witness of a Christian classmate. He felt the call to full-time ministry and after finishing his law degree, attended Bob Jones Seminary earning his M.Div. and Ph.D. With 15 years of assistant pastoral experience, he became the general director of Mexican Gospel Mission in 2005. He currently serves as the Seminary Dean.

Program Requirements

Student Spotlight

Randy Hernandez

Randy Hernandez

I received my B.A. in Bible and Christian Service in 2007 and my Master of Arts in Ministry in 2016 from International Baptist College & Seminary. IBCS sharpened and equipped me in many areas including Christ-like character, biblical discernment, and the wrapping weight of the responsibility of ministry in love. It has prepared me to be the hands and feet of Christ to the Hispanic community while loving, guiding, teaching, and leading our Spanish group by example for God’s glory.”

Your Future

Potential Careers Include:

  • Church Administrator
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
  • Pastor