48 credit hours | 2-3 years
The MA in UM, offered at our South Chicago Regional Center, is ideally designed for the mature student with significant experience in urban ministry who desires to deepen their knowledge and skills. However, students without much urban ministry experience, but who desire to pursue this in the future, are also encouraged to apply.
The settings in which you might use our MA in UM are potentially as diverse as our students’ responses to the call to be ministers of the Gospel.
In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:
Professional competence. The program will contribute to your effectiveness as a pastor, preacher, and teacher.
Educational legitimization. The structures of a complex urban society often call on urban pastors to intercede with agencies such as the welfare department, courts, public schools, and social work systems. Adequate professional skills and academic credentials help legitimize the urban pastor’s ministry in these contexts.
Theological integration. The integration of social and spiritual responsibilities in urban ministry often lacks a clear framework. We provide a contextualized setting for engaging the gospel and Scripture as central to this framework.
Marketable skills. Professional competence and academic credentials enhance the opening of ministry opportunities for urban pastors.
While urban ministry-centric courses are often offered on our Deerfield campus, this program is designed to be completed primarily at our South Chicago Regional Center.
You will take courses in the following areas:
Old Testament (4 hours)
|OT 5000||Introduction to the Old Testament||4 hours|
New Testament (4 hours)
|NT 5000||Introduction to the New Testament||4 hours|
Systematic Theology (9 hours)
|ID 5000||Biblical Theology and Interpretation||3 hours|
|ST 5101||Theology I: The God of the Gospel||3 hours|
|ST 5102||Theology II: The Gospel of God||3 hours|
|Church History Elective||3 hours|
|ME 5140||Mission of the Urban Church||3 hours|
|EM 5150||Urban Educational Ministries||3 hours|
|HM 6715||Hermeneutical and Homiletical Foundations of Preaching||3 hours|
|CM 5000||Introduction to Counseling Ministries||2 hours|
|CM 6000||Issues in Counseling Ministry
(or a PC elective)
|PT 5145||Introduction to Urban Structure and Context||2 hours|
|PT 7450||Urban Ministry Practicum I||3 hours|
|PT 7451||Urban Ministry Practicum II||3 hours|
|PT 7452||Urban Ministry Practicum III||3 hours|
|PT 7471||Urban Ministry Project Design/Research||2 hours|
|PT 7472||Urban Ministry Project Report||3 hours|
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Because of the flexible nature of the MA in UM, you’ll have the chance to take courses with a variety of faculty.