Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM)

This unique degree program, created in partnership with the Center for Youth
Ministry Training in Nashville, Tennessee, will challenge you through intensive
retreat-based master’s-level classes, immerse you in practical experience in local youth ministry settings, and nurture you through coaching and peer-to-peer interaction.

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Program Highlights

Core Components of the Program

Cohort 
Be part of a group of peers. Together, you will learn about youth ministry and theology. You will develop life-long relationships that encourage and support you in your ministry.

Coaching 
Receive regular one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help master critical ministry skills and apply what you’ve learned. Your coach will also help your church staff and congregation develop a healthy understanding of the role of youth ministry in the life of the church.
 
Classroom
The course work (taught in intensive retreats on the Austin Seminary campus) is designed to help you understand more than just what to do in youth ministry. You’ll learn to think theologically about the ministry you lead and have the knowledge to design ministry programs that help young people develop a deep, life-changing Christian faith. And your tuition will be fully covered by a tuition grant!

Church
Gain “in-the-trenches” youth ministry experience by serving 25 hours per week in a local church in Central Texas. This allows you to put all the pieces together—everything you learn from the peers in your cohort, the professors in the classroom, and from your coach. You also will receive a stipend to cover your living expenses!

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

Course work

88 credits (regular courses are 6 credits / 3 hours); 60 required, 12 in youth ministry practicum, and 16 elective

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Engaging Youth in Mission and Evangelism
  • Communicating the Gospel to Youth
  • Advanced Studies in Youth, Church, and Culture
  • Theological Methods for Youth Ministry
  • Youth Minister as Pastor and Leader
  • God-Talk and Youth Ministry
  • Moral Questions in Youth Culture

MINISTRY PRACTICUM 1 and 2
(see "Practical experience" below)

Practical experience

MAYM students serve in a youth ministry setting throughout seminary. Gain “in-the-trenches” youth ministry experience by serving 25 hours per week in a local church in Central Texas. This allows you to put all the pieces together—everything you learn from the peers in your cohort, the professors in the classroom, and from your coach. You also will receive a stipend to cover your living expenses!