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Online Master
of Ministry (MMin)

Our fully online Master of Ministry degree program equips students with the education, skills, and training necessary for serving in Christian ministry. The program combines practical application with academic study for a well-rounded, pragmatic education. The program is designed to meet the needs of those currently in ministry, pursuing ministry, or exploring bi-vocational ministry. It can be completed in as little as 11 months (19 months average) and is offered entirely online for the convenience of busy, working adults.

At Mount Vernon Nazarene University, we are proud to offer high-quality, affordable, and flexible degree programs. In addition to a competitive tuition rate, MVNU is also extending a $5,000 scholarship (awarded as $500 per class) to be applied to the total cost of the program to all new students!

Use MMin credits to also earn MDiv

A partnership between MVNU and Nazarene Theological Seminary will allow students to complete Master of Ministry (MMin) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) degrees with coursework that meets requirements for both programs, saving both time and money.

The Association of Theological Schools, a national accrediting body, allows students who finish graduate programs to transfer appropriate credit hours toward their next degree program. By identifying candidates prior to degree completion, MVNU can help students transfer 27 of the 30 hours of their MMin coursework toward the 76 hours required for NTS’s MDiv program.

MVNU and NTS will work collaboratively to ensure coursework meets proper requirements and is transferable between both institutions. In addition, faculty mentors will help MVNU students transition easily to their MDiv program at NTS. Students will have the benefit of learning from Biblical, theological, and pastoral scholars on their field and nationally.

Master of Ministry Highlights

A ministry master’s degree, especially one from an intentionally Christian university, can help you better serve and lead. Our accelerated online program can be completed anytime, anywhere.

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Tuition & Cost

$498 per credit hour

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Program Length

18 months*

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Total Credit Hours



BIBL 6003

Biblical Hermeneutics

An examination of the principles underlying the interpretation of the various types of literature found in the Bible. Special emphasis is given to the exegesis of scriptural passages for preaching and teaching.

MINS 6003

The Pastor as a Person

This course provides students with an inquiry into self-understanding, personal spiritual growth, and goal development for the practice of ministry. Spiritual disciplines and their roles in the Christian formation of a minister will be discussed and applied. An introductory review of personality studies and its application to spiritual formation will also be employed. This course will focus on the tools and disciplines that lead one to Christ-likeness as the goal of spiritual formation.

THEO 6023

The Doctrine of Holiness

In this course, students will survey the biblical understanding of the doctrine of holiness, with specific attention paid to the understanding and application of the doctrine of holiness as expressed in the Church of the Nazarene and other traditions of the Holiness Movement. Also, the course seeks to empower students to clearly and biblically teach and preach the doctrine of holiness in ministry settings in a way that impacts individual and societal transformation for the Kingdom of God.

Curriculum stats/highlights

The Master of Ministry curriculum includes the following 30 credit hours

Students in the Online Master of Ministry degree program examine the infrastructure of the Christian ministry and explore and develop their faith with the following goals in mind:

Understand the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for the practice of ministry.

Apply these classical disciplines to pastoral ministry tasks and other forms of service.

Enhance skills for the practice of ministry in leadership, communication, pastoral care, counseling, and education.

Strengthen the art of proclamation, including interpretation of scripture, application to human need, and communication for evangelism, Christian nurture, and moral challenge.

Identify the purpose and goals of ministry and develop the disciplines of planning, implementing, and assessing progress toward those goals.

The major in the Master of Ministry degree is Practical Theology. Credits earned in this program can be transferred to graduate programs at other universities, including the Master of Divinity program offered by Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS.) Any student desiring to pursue the Master of Divinity program will be required to apply separately to NTS before the commencement of the MDiv program and must transfer credits to that program before the conclusion of their time at MVNU.


Core Courses Credit Hours
Ethical Issues in Ministry 3
The Church (Twenty-First Century) 3
Biblical Hermeneutics 3
The Pastor as a Person 3
Approaches to Preaching 3
Contemporary Theological Issues 3
The Doctrine of Holiness 3
Building Ministry Teams 3
Church Growth 3
Managing the Church 3
Total Program Hours 30

How much will it all cost?

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*Program schedule and costs are subject to change and are provided for students during the enrollment process. Textbook costs are not factored into the overall cost of the program.

**Price reflects total cost after $5,000 scholarship for which all Master of Ministry students are eligible.


Credit Hours


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Financial Aid

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Graduates with a Master of Ministry degree go on to pursue meaningful careers as clergy members, counselors, and educators. They lead services, provide community support, and work to uphold the spiritual well-being of the organization they serve.

Possible job titles for MMin degree holders include the following:

  • Director of Religious Education
  • Pastor
  • Youth Minister
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