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The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies at Lee University provides a program of study that combines practical studies and practical ministry. The courses in this program are specifically designed to help the student understand the biblical and theological foundation of issues related to ministry in contemporary contexts, and then to move beyond theory to the implementation of practical skills for successful vocational ministry. The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies offers four tracks: Leadership Studies, Practical Theological Studies, Worship Studies, Youth and Family Studies.

Program Outcomes

    • Provide a basic theological and biblical framework that will be used to address issues related to ministry in contemporary contexts.
    • Explore theories, methods, and models from various disciplinary perspectives for application in ministry settings.
    • Provide practical skills for ministry within contemporary and social contexts.
    • Facilitate the development of characteristics and practices of a spiritually mature and ethical minister.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies degree, an individual should possess the following qualities, abilities, and skills:

  • The ability to produce scholarly research and writing that is appropriate for graduate studies in ministry.
  • An understanding of the knowledge, resources, and approaches for fostering spiritual formation in faith communities.
  • The ability to assess, articulate, and critique approaches to leadership within specific ministry contexts.
  • The ability to engage in theological reflection on the practices of ministry and church life and to assess practices in light of sound theological reflection.
  • Personal and corporate study of the biblical texts through the disciplined use of sound hermeneutical principles, particularly via the inductive study method.
  • The ability to communicate the gospel to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Analysis of various aspects of culture with the intention of developing practices for engaging contemporary culture.
  • Understanding of the biblical, theological, and theoretical foundations relevant to the student’s specific area of emphasis (leadership studies, worship studies, youth and family studies).
  • Skills relevant to and appropriate for student’s specific area of emphasis (leadership studies, worship studies, youth and family studies).

Master of Arts, Ministry Studies (Distance) (MINOL.MA)

The purpose of the Master of Business Administration degree is to equip individuals with the skills necessary for senior-level leadership in the industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Program faculty are committed to implementing experiential learning as a pedagogical tool to enhance and improve student knowledge and retention. Through an advanced degree in business taught from a Christian worldview, we believe individuals will be better prepared to face the challenges of leading organizations in a rapidly changing global economy.

Program Outcomes

    • Increased awareness of the global economic environment.
    • A deeper understanding of the functional areas of an organization including finance, management, marketing, and operations.
    • Improved skills in research, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in problem-solving.
    • Sensitivity to the application of Judeo-Christian values in decision-making.
    • Increased ability to develop and implement specific strategies to address organizational problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Complete financial analysis to examine an organization’s financial position.
  • Design and evaluate organizational structure.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies.
  • Determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizational culture.
  • Develop strategies to better accomplish institutional goals.
  • Utilize sophisticated quantitative models to solve business problems.
  • Determine budgetary needs to implement a selected strategy.

Master of Business Administration (Distance) (BUSOL.MBA)

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is designed to provide graduate professional education for men and women who wish to pursue or are currently involved in Pre-K - 12 music education in public or private institutions.  Classroom teachers, ensemble directors, and music administrators who hold the baccalaureate in music will be provided opportunity to refine skills gained at the undergraduate level and in other spheres of learning.  Teacher licensure is NOT required for this program.

Program Outcomes

Master of Music in Music Education degree, the graduate should be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to prepare musical experiences/performances that are informed by an understanding of historical performance practice and advanced musical analysis, and frame the results in a scholarly manner.
  • The ability to articulate a Christian worldview of music and the arts.
  • The ability to organize, administer, and develop a program of choral, instrumental, or elementary music including personnel, facilities, equipment, and budget.
  • Basic working knowledge of current music technology for use in the classroom and in performance.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to function effectively in public and/or private schools with students, parents, staff, administrators, and the community.
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in music education and how to function within them.

Master of Music, Music Education (Distance) (MMEOL.MM)

At the end of the master’s degree program in marriage and family studies, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:

    • Administer programs designed to provide support to families in a wide variety of community service settings.
    • Collect data about individuals, couples, and families through the use of interviews, case histories, psychometric instruments, observational techniques, and relational methods.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of human development across the lifespan.
    • Effectively communicate with diverse cultural groups.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of special needs populations (e.g., persons in poverty, physical abuse victims, substance abusers, and juvenile offenders).
    • Interpret and evaluate research data.
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and an appreciation of, the spiritual needs of individuals, couples, and families.

Program Of Study

The program is composed of a minimum of four semesters of approved graduate study. The typical full-time student will complete the program by following a two-year track. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required. The program core provides educational preparation in human growth and development, human sexuality, systems theory, and research. This program is not intended for those seeking licensure. Rather, this is an ideal program for those wanting to work in administrative roles in family service agencies or in family ministries at a church.

Master of Science, Marriage and Family Studies (Distance) (MFSOL.MS)

Admission​ Tuition & Fees​
Requirements vary by program, but applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
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Lee Online graduate tuition rates are the same as on-campus rates.  A discount is offered for the Ministry Studies programs.
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