Master in Ministry


The Master in Ministry (MIM) is an online graduate degree offered by the College of Ministry at Northwest University. It will help prepare the graduate student intellectually, spiritually, and functionally for ministry leadership. Reflecting the emphasis of this three-pronged approach, the curriculum is academically rigorous, spiritually enriching, and practical oriented to prepare the student holistically for successful Christian leadership The MIM is designed with a delivery system enabling students to complete this degree in sixteen months or (four semesters). Thus, working professionals can remain fully engaged within their profession while furthering their education. Students admitted to the cohort-based program progress together towards completion in a learning community providing a supportive, engaging environment that empowers and reinforces Christian leadership formation. The MIM degree program is specifically targeted for individuals who evidence a divine call on their life and wish to pursue lay or vocational ministry and who already possess an undergraduate degree in a field other than Bible, Theology, Christian Education, or Ministry.

The MIM program seeks to equip Christian leaders intellectually, spiritually, and functionally to successfully:

  • Serve as leaders in a variety of Christian leadership contexts including local and para-church ministries
  • Engage in biblical and theological reflection especially as it relates to one’s ministry context
  • Provide individuals wishing to transition into ministry from a lay background by providing the academic foundation needed to obtain ministerial credentials
  • Serve as academic foundation for those wishing to pursue further graduate theological training
  • Note: The General Council of the Assemblies of God will accept any graduate theological program offered by the College of Ministry at Northwest University as meeting the academic requirements for ministerial credentials. Students from other denominations will need to check with their respective denominational offices as to the applicability of the MIM for meeting ministerial credential requirements


In addition to achieving the goals of the University and the College of Ministry, the Master in Ministry results in the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will develop the skills to serve as leaders in a variety of Christian contexts, including the local church and para-church ministries.
  • Students will engage and understand biblical and theological principles to enable them to successfully serve in Christian leadership.
  • Students will be prepared to intellectually, spiritually, and functionally become involved in vocational or lay ministry.
  • Students will understand academic disciplines, develop spiritual character, and be aware of methods that apply Christian truths in full-time or lay ministry settings.
  • Students will develop skills in technology and online formats for MIM courses and understand technological research methods for further educational development.
  • Students will establish an academic foundation to further prepare them for graduate training, ministry credentials, or transitioning from lay to professional ministry involvement.