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Master of Arts

Ministry Practice

Make your personal calling the core of your education through a customized seminary program.

Interested in receiving an overview of the program with specific courses, costs, and academic plans?

44 credits, online & Part time options

Customize Your Seminary 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. This 2-year 44-credit program is for those who want to understand and interpret scripture with a worldwide perspective. With classes starting in three semesters every year, you can complete this degree in 2 years or less.

Need flexibility as a working adult? 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.

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.

Check out some of the courses offered below.

Who is this degree for?

Ministry Practice in your life

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

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

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 curriculum—The Great Conversation—ensures that your seminary education provides theological understanding and personal spiritual formation through the frameworks of Christian history. 

Master of Arts Program Tuition

Cost to study Ministry Practice

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Total Program
Sticker Price: $24,420

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

98% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one

What Are Students and Alum Saying About Their Studies?

The discussion on worldview, language, and understanding the narrative was very insightful and helpful for my current ministry position. The discussion of humanity created to be the image of God through purpose and vocation was a different perspective that I had not heard before.”

A Northeastern Seminary Student

I was motivated to start seminary because I wanted to continue to grow in my competency as a minister of the Gospel and I wanted to do that in a local community. Since Northeastern is located in Rochester, it was a perfect fit. I've already been encouraged to keep my love for Jesus as my main motivation for ministry while in my classes here. God is calling me to keep following Him whether that is in continued ministry with college students or the opportunity to serve elsewhere. No matter what He asks me to do, I want to have open hands and be prepared."

John Iamaio

I have learned that it is okay, even essential, to examine the biblical texts in light of interpretive perspectives. This includes input from both long-standing and more recent scholarship, coupled with an understanding of the culture and time period in which it has been gathered.”

A Northeastern Seminary Student


To equip students to practice ministry that is wisely and faithfully responsive to the constantly changing contexts of our culture and world

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