Master of Arts in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry program is designed to equip students with the knowledge (Truth) and the skills (Grace) which are essential for ministry.

The program consists of a core curriculum of 18 hours, plus 14 hours of approved electives. The M.A.Min courses are offered during the regular fall and spring semesters as well as during one- or two-week modular classes in the summers (usually late May-June) and winters (usually January). A modular course often includes reading assignments to be completed before the class meets. It is possible to complete the program in two years.

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

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 512 Advanced Hermeneutics 2
EN 620 Research and Writing 1
PR 671 Expository Preaching 2
PR 672 Homiletics – Presentation & Delivery 2
PS 500 Theology of Counseling 2
TH 523 Baptist Polity 2
TH 532 Dispensationalism 2
Approved Ministry Electives 4
Approved Electives 14
Capstone Exam 1


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