Master of Ministry

Prepare for ordained ministry, lay leadership or the Doctor of Ministry program.

12 courses. 36 credit hours. Primarily online or on campus.
Complete in as few as 2 years with a minimum of 1 week on campus.


United’s Master of Ministry (MMin) degree provides a strong basis in theology, church history and biblical studies. Through a robust spiritual formation process, grow in your faith and prepare for ministry in the world today. The MMin is ideal for those who are:

  • preparing for ordination in a denomination that does not require a Master of Divinity degree
  • preparing for the work of Deacon in The United Methodist Church
  • seeking a theological and spiritual foundation for further study in the Doctor of Ministry program


Flexible Options

Our flexible options are designed to make high-quality education accessible for working pastors and other professionals—whenever and wherever works for your busy schedule. Courses are available through traditional on-campus formats, Gathering Weeks on campus in Dayton, Ohio, online courses or innovative LIVE courses, which meet simultaneously on-campus and online.

The MMin degree can be completed primarily online in two years, with as little as one week on campus over the course of the degree.*

*Residency requirements may vary by denomination. Most United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of their degree (12 credit hours) on campus. A two-year program can be completed at a distance by attending a total of two Gathering Weeks on campus. 


Flexible Curriculum

With 9 core courses (27 semester hours) and 2 elective courses (6 semester hours), gain a strong foundation and add electives that equip you to follow God’s call.


Considering further study?

For those with a previous master’s degree who are interested in pursuing advanced study in United’s Doctor of Ministry program, the 36-credit hour MMin program is offered as an approved exception to the ATS Degree Program Standard E, section E.4.3, regarding admission requirements for a DMin program. The MMin program can help you augment a previous master’s degree with theological coursework to achieve the educational equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree.*

*Master of Divinity equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours that represent broad work in theology, biblical studies and the arts of ministry. A Master of Divinity or its educational equivalent is a pre-requisite for the Doctor of Ministry program.

Degree Requirements

36 credit hours


Biblical Studies (6 cr. hrs.)

  • NT521 Introduction to the New Testament 1; or NT522 Introduction to the New Testament 2
  • OT504 Introduction to the Old Testament 1; or OT505 Introduction to the Old Testament 2

Church History and Theology (9 cr. hrs.)

  • CH504 History of Christianity 1; or CH505 History of Christianity 2
  • TH500 The Craft of Theological Thinking, Reading, and Writing
  • TH502 Introduction to Theology

Practical Theology (9 cr. hrs.)

  • PW501 Preparing to Preach; or PW502 Intro to African American Preaching; or PW504 Work of Worship; or PW510 United Methodist Worship
  • WR601 Methods of Interreligious and Intercultural Encounter
  • ER510 Foundations for Church Renewal; or ER501 Foundations for Evangelism

Contextual Ministry (6 cr. hrs.)

  • CM510 Contextual Ministry 1 (3)
  • CM511 Contextual Ministry 2 (3)





  • SS500 Online Master Student Orientation (0)
  • SS510 Graduation Portfolio – Masters (0)
  • SS705 MMin Final Advising (0)
Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Master’s degree with minimum 2.5 GPA

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