Ministry Practice, M.A. Degree

The Master of Arts degree in Ministry Practice at Northeastern Seminary makes your personal calling the core of your education through a customized seminary program. From particular denominational requirements to being called to a unique corner of Christian ministry, there are numerous reasons for building your own seminary experience.

Customize a course of study to meet the demands of your ministry context




Offered online or in Rochester, NY, our Master’s in Ministry Practice builds foundational knowledge in biblical study and spirituality while also providing the opportunity to flexibly explore the practical applications of becoming a reflective Christian leader dedicated to transformative ministry.

Customize Your Seminary Degree

Our Master’s in Ministry Practice facilitates a custom course of study to meet the demands of your ministry context. The open-ended course structure requires 18 credits of any Ministry Frameworks courses offered at the Seminary, 18 credits of any Ministry Practice courses, a Contextual Ministry Course, and an Integrative Capstone course. 

Christian vocations that could benefit from our customizable seminary degree include: 

  • Church leadership focused on leading specialized ministries (Children/Youth/Campus Ministries, Formational Ministries, Music/Arts, Virtual/Online Church)
  • Missionary Vocations
  • Directors/Leadership of parachurch ministries or Christian non-profits
  • Nearly any career path involving aspects of Christian ministry 

Northeastern Seminary strives to make our seminary experience as flexible as possible. This 44-credit ministry degree can be completed 100% online or through classes in Rochester, New York in as few as two years. Our students can also select a full-time or part-time schedule to accommodate career and family commitments. 

As part of your degree in Ministry Practice, you will grow as a practitioner equipped for a variety of ministry vocations. Specifically, you will: 

  • Develop an understanding of God's calling on your life in courses that are Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported.
  • Dedicate your attention to God’s active presence in your own life, the lives of others, and the world
  • Prepare to interpret Scripture and the Christian tradition in ways that faithfully respond to questions arising in your vocational context
  • Reflect on issues of justice, equity, and seeking the common good in the context of your calling.
  • Demonstrate essential skills for service that meet the demands of your vocational goals.
  • Complete an integrative program capstone that prepares you for ministry

In addition, this master’s degree program facilitates denominations and other ministry partners of Northeastern Seminary to create customizable degree plans that meet the educational requirements of their denomination.

Explore the Curriculum

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 | Spring Session 
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 29, 2022 | Fall Session
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Seminary class size

Class Size

Under 25 Students


Meet a Faculty Member

Prof. Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown
Assistant Professor of Church and Mission

Professor Brown joined the Seminary in 2017 as the Executive Director of Administration and an assistant professor teaching in the area of Christian education and ministry. Before coming to Northeastern, Kristen was a pastor in Kansas City and helped to launch online programs at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.

Why Northeastern Seminary?

A Ministry Practice degree from Northeastern Seminary provides you with outcomes-focused coursework to build your current ministry work or future aspirations to serve the local and global Church. Our foundational curriculumThe Great Conversationensures that your seminary education provides theological understanding and personal spiritual formation through the frameworks of Christian history. 

Small class sizes and academic advising ensure that you are supported through the course of your seminary degree and well-prepared to serve in various forms of Christian ministry. We are very familiar with supporting fully online seminary degree students as well as students connected with the military. 

In addition to The Great Conversation, the Seminary’s curriculum is drawn together from our stackable certificate program, easily allowing students the freedom to specialize while also providing segments of classes that dialogue with each other. This stackable format also gives our seminary students the option to continue their education for a year and reshape their Master of Arts in Ministry Practice into a Master of Divinity, if they so choose. 

Tools for Success

You will find support to achieve your vocational and academic goals throughout your Seminary journey.

Seminary Learning Center

Learning Center

writing assistance, disability services, individualized academic support

Seminary I.T. Helpdesk

I.T. Helpdesk

available 24 hrs/day

Seminary Advising

Academic Advising

course schedule planning for graduation, vocational placement and mentoring

Seminary Library

Golisano Library

research and classroom resources

Learn More About Northeastern Seminary

Through your Master’s in Ministry Practice degree at Northeastern Seminary, you will grow as a reflective ministry practitioner prepared to serve the church and the world. God calls those who minister in varied ways; this master’s degree in ministry can be self-designed to your unique calling. 

Our Ministry Practice program is flexible in both curriculum and format, with seminary courses offered fully online or in Rochester. If you are interested in this customizable ministry degree or have questions about Northeastern Seminary, we encourage you to request information or contact us at

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