The Institute for Discipleship is partnered with Southwestern College to offer a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry. This innovative program brings together Southwestern’s robust online learning format, partnerships with existing networks of ministry professionals, and GBHEM ministry certifications to  provide an affordable, high-quality online master’s degree that trains well-educated, Wesleyan workers for ministry in the local church.

Few schools offer graduate degrees in Wesleyan approaches to youth work, camping ministries, or children’s programs.  Even fewer are likely to be close enough for students to attend without moving or spending a great deal of time travelling.   Southwestern’s Master of Arts in Specialized Ministries program seeks to make these degrees accessible to students no matter their location.

To make the program financially accessible, the Institute for Discipleship is subsidizing the per-credit hour cost.  This equates to a 35% savings on the total cost of tuition.  The Institute is also offering several scholarships to further reduce financial strain for qualifying students.

Currently, the Institute is offering this degree with an emphasis in Youth Ministry.  We are working to add emphases in Camp & Retreat Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Urban Ministry, and more in the coming years.


For more information about this online master’s degree program and available scholarships, please visit  To help support scholarships for this degree program, please consider a donation to the Institute with a note saying “MASM scholarships.”

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