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B-CU’s School of Religion Announces Master of Arts Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry

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The Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Christian Ministry Recognizes the Need for Theological and Vocational Career Opportunities

The Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Christian Ministry is now offering a Graduate Certificate and a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry, beginning Fall 2018. The basis of these offerings are to provide theological educational and vocational opportunities to both clergy and laity working in the Church and related church organizations. The clergy will be able to pursue concentrated study in specializations that are relevant to their ministry context and ordination. The laity, on the other hand, will benefit from relevant theological education that will enhance their practice in a variety of professions within and beyond the local church. Both offerings will give individuals an opportunity to explore ministry areas in which they could serve, to include: church administration, chaplaincy, youth work, missions, evangelism, social work, and more.

The Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry courses will be offered in the evenings and on weekends in 8-week sessions. Students can choose to take two courses (6 credits) or one course (3 credits) each 8-week session. The Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry program will be offered in two ways: Option 1 is a 2-year master’s degree with 60 credit hours. Option 2 is a 5-year dual-degree (BA to MA) where a student continues undergraduate studies through the master’s level with 144 credit hours.

Additionally, the master’s degree in Christian Ministry is a two-year professional degree designed to prepare men and women for leadership in the ministry of discipleship; specifically developing an understanding of Biblical, educational, and organizational principles behind Christian Ministry. The main purpose for the master’s degree in Christian Ministry is to equip current and future church leaders to provide Christian educational ministries for the traditional and contemporary church and global community. It will serve current and future pastors who perceive the need to update and enrich their theological education, as well as lay persons who desire to be more effective in their local churches through renewed skills and understanding of theology and Biblical studies. It will be appropriate for anyone who desires to contribute to the leadership capacities of the church ministries.

Currently, the School of Religion is offering one (1) degree program with three concentrations: A Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Christian Ministry and a minor in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Christian Ministry. Bethune-Cookman University has a unique theological and ethical heritage. The expanded curriculum in Religion, Philosophy, and Christian Ministry draws upon this heritage in its approach to theological education and its role in engaging community in service to humanity and stewardship of leadership.

The mission of Bethune-Cookman University is to develop global servant leaders committed to developing human life of character and integrity, by providing a faith-based environment of academic excellence and transformative experiences. “Consistent with the mission, these new degree offerings will provide the next step beyond the baccalaureate degree in Christian Ministry to develop global servant leaders who are academically prepared to influence policy and service to improve living standard in diverse communities,” said Dr. Randolph Bracy, Dean of the School of Religion. “The strong faculty in the School of Religion, many of whom are seminary graduates with PhDs and EdDs, will provide sound theological education to students. The faculty is well prepared to teach the breadth of courses in both programs,” he added.

For more information contact, Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr., Dean of the School of Religion, bracyr@cookman.edu or 386-481-2115

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit  www.cookman.edu.

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