Master of Arts

Are you trying to figure out what exactly a master of arts (MA) degree is? Simply put, our MAs are two-fold advanced degrees—they focus on specific vocational training (e.g., counseling, youth ministry, leadership, etc.) and develop your theological and biblical filters to help you live out your calling in and out of the local church.

With eighteen different majors and concentrations, you’ve got options. You can use the degree to prepare you for further academic pursuits, or to immediately enter the workplace. We created a wide range of study for you to choose exactly what needs you want to respond to in this ever-changing world. So, if you are chomping at the bit to get your ministry going, but know you need top-notch training to hone your skills, then pick how you want to change the world and start your master of arts at Denver Seminary now.

Who should pursue an MA degree?

  • Missionaries
  • Leaders in social justice ministries
  • School counselors 
  • Clinical counselors working with adolescents, children, men, women, families, couples
  • Addictions counselors
  • Marriage and family counselors
  • Chaplains in a hospital, military, sports teams, nursing homes, hospice, law enforcement/fire protection, flight for life environment
  • Outdoor leadership experts
  • Leaders in a camping ministry
  • Small groups pastor
  • Pastor with emphasis in counseling
  • Men’s or Women’s ministry pastor
  • Counselors in a residential treatment center
  • Career counselors
  • Educators
  • Those wanting to pursue PhD work

Entrance requirements for the MA

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution.
  • For the MA (Apologetics and Ethics, Biblical Studies, and Theology), MA in Counseling, and MA in Chaplaincy a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required, whereas a 2.5 is required for the masters of arts degrees in Christian Formation and Soul Care, Counseling Ministries, Justice and Mission, Leadership, Youth and Family Ministries, and the MA (Christian Studies) degree.
  • Completion of the application for admission and all required application documents.

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