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Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

In Partnership with the Center for Youth Ministry Training

Do you desire to:

  • Enhance your general theological comprehension?
  • Strengthen your proficiency in the pastoral art of youth ministry?
  • Increase understanding of adolescent faith development?
  • Be assisted in growth in spiritual maturity and moral depth?

The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program at Austin Seminary, 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.

Because good youth ministry doesn’t just happen!

Core Components of the Program


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.


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.

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!


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!

How to Apply 

Applications for this program are initiated through the Center for Youth Ministry Training. To apply, visit www.cymt.org/residents for more information. 

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