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2010-2011 Graduate and Professional Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Ministry (MMIN)


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The purpose of the program is to equip more Christians as professional and non-professional ministers capable of serving effectively and encouraging others in Christian service in the local church and the world.

Students completing the Master of Ministry program will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to discern God’s Word as the primary source of spiritual formation and ministry in order to integrate Bible knowledge with constructive ministry.
  2. Demonstrate competence in communicating the Word effectively in a variety of settings.
  3. Be able to integrate an understanding of God’s will with the realities of the church’s context and interpersonal dynamics in order to participate with fellow Christian in the process of articulating a ministry vision, setting goals and planning strategically, while exercising skill in managing conflict.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to participate with others in pursuing spiritual health and growth, in discovering and developing gifts, and in exercising gifts in constructive ministry in the church.

Admission Requirements: Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate studies and have completed the necessary prerequisites. (See prerequisite section.)

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit the following information:

  1. An official transcript of work for the baccalaureate degree sent directly from a fully accredited degree-granting institution.
  2. Two letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant’s ability to serve as a leader in ministry. Letters of recommendation should demonstrate that the candidate has been or can be a ministry leader.
  3. A statement of goals in which the applicant reflects on why she or he wishes to pursue the degree in ministry and how she or he hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained through the program in future ministry.
  4. Support of the local congregation. Due to the practical nature of this program, it is required that the student have the blessing of a local body of believers who will permit the student to complete course work within the context of that local church. The applicant will be provided with a form to be completed and submitted by the applicant’s local church.

All materials should be submitted to:

Dr. William Richardson
Director of Master of Ministry Program
Harding University
Box 12236
Searcy, AR 72149

Application Review and Selection of Candidates: Each applicant must have an interview with the director of the program or his appointed alternate. Phone conferences may be done when circumstances prohibit face-to-face interviews.

Applicants are notified on the status of their application after the interview and after all submissions have been reviewed.

Provisional admission: Provisional admission may be allowed with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA. Probation is removed when the student has completed 12 semester hours of graduate work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Prerequisite Coursework: Applicants should have completed a minimum of eight courses (16 hours minimum) in undergraduate Bible courses from an accredited institution of which a minimum of four courses (8 hours minimum) are in the Biblical text. Applicants must also complete a Bible Interpretation course which can be taken either at the undergraduate level or as a part of their Master of Ministry course work (MMIN 603 ). Applicants who do not meet the minimum Bible requirements can receive provisional admission and take up to four hours (two courses) in undergraduate Bible concurrent with the first 12 hours of graduate studies. Provisional status is removed when 16 hours of leveling and graduate studies are completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Leveling courses do not count toward the 36-hour master’s degree. Note: Up to six hours of undergraduate Bible credit may be satisfied by competency exam. Contact the Master of Ministry office for further information.

Other Program Requirements: High-speed Internet connection is required for optimal participation in online courses.

Transfer, International, and Non-Degree Seeking Students:
Transfer Students: Up to six hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution of higher education may be accepted upon review of applicability and/or equivalency and applied toward the MMIN.

Transferability of Course Work: The transfer of course work is determined by the receiving institution. Students who later wish to transfer to a graduate theological school accredited by A.T.S. must meet entrance requirements of those institutions which would determine the amount of credit, if any, to grant for work done in this program.

Non-degree Seeking Students: Individuals who wish to take courses in the MMIN program may do so on a non-credit basis for one half the cost of credit tuition.

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Master of Ministry students taking 5 credit hours or more each semester may qualify for financial aid. Interested students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at Harding University.

A number of scholarships are available to Master of Ministry students. Application for these scholarships can be made online at http://www.harding.edu/mmin. Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  1. Scholarships that cover 40 percent of tuition are available for both full-time and part-time students. The criteria for these scholarships: 
  Category I - Full-Time Ministry
   
  • Member in good standing within churches of Christ
  • Working full-time in ministry within a local congregation of churches of Christ
  • Taking any number of hours within the MMIN program
  • Must maintain academic standing within the MMIN program.
  Category II - Full-Time Student in Part-Time Ministry
   
  • Member in good standing within churches of Christ
  • Working a minimum of 10 hours per week within a local congregation of churches of Christ as a volunteer or salaried worker.
  • Taking a minimum of 9 hours/semester in the MMIN program
  • Must maintain academic standing within the MMIN program.
  1. The Continuing Student Scholarship, which covers 25 percent of tuition, is intended to assist a student who is working as either a volunteer or salaried worker at a local congregation. The criteria:
    • Member in good standing within churches of Christ
    • Completed 12 hours in the MMIN program with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
    • Working a minimum of six hours per week within a local congregation of churches of Christ as a volunteer or salaried worker.
    • Taking any number of hours within the MMIN program.
    • Must maintain academic standing within the MMIN program.
  1. The Shepherd’s Scholarship, which covers 25 percent of tuition, is available for a student who is currently serving as an elder in a local church of Christ. The criteria:
    • Working a minimum of six hours per week as an elder.
    • Taking any number of hours within the MMIN program.
    • Must maintain academic standing within the MMIN program.

Academic Standing Requirements: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all MMIN coursework is required for graduation.

Undergraduate courses required as prerequisites for entering the Master of Ministry program are not calculated in the cumulative graduate grade point average required for graduation.

No grade below C is acceptable for graduate credit. Only six hours of C are permitted for the MMIN degree. Courses in which a grade of C has been received may be repeated and only the second grade will count. Courses in which a grade of B has been received may not be repeated. Courses in which a grade of D or F is made will not be counted toward the degree but will be used in figuring the GPA unless repeated. No course may be repeated more than once without permission of the professor.

Students accepted into the MMIN program are expected to progress in a manner that will ensure graduation meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Required Standards of Progress for students who are admitted unconditionally: 

Academic Warning

1-12 hours, less than 2.75 GPA
13-24 hours, less than 2.95 GPA
25 hours-graduation, less than 3.00 GPA

Academic Probation

1-12 hours, less than 2.25 GPA
13-24 hours, less than 2.75 GPA
25 hours-graduation, less than 2.95 GPA

PLEASE NOTE: Students who enter the MMIN program under provisional admission must complete the first 12 hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. After the first 12 hours are completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more, the student is granted unconditional admission and subject to the schedule above.

  1. Academic Warning status is an early warning to students who are in danger of being put on academic probation and restricts students to no more than 10 hours in a semester.
  2. Academic Probation status limits students who are in academic trouble to enroll in no more than 6 credit hours per semester.
  3. Academic Probation is lifted at the end of the semester in which the student raises his/her cumulative GPA to the “warning” level or above. Failure to remove academic probation after the completion of 9 additional hours of course work may result in the student being dismissed from the MMIN program.
  4. Dismissed students will be placed on Academic Suspension for one semester. During this period, the student is not permitted to take graduate classes. Following a semester of suspension, the student may return to classes under Academic Probation status.
  5. In all cases, a second dismissal will be final.

Degree Requirements for the Master of Ministry (MMIN):


  1. The Master of Ministry degree program consists of 36 semester hours of credit work. Students must complete the required core courses including MMIN 601  (Orientation to MMIN), MMIN 611  (Theological Foundations of Ministry), MMIN 621  (Christian Ministry in Contemporary Culture), and one additional Theology course (MMIN 612 , MMIN 613 , or MMIN 614 ). Students must also complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of credit in ministry courses, 3 hours of which are comprised of ministry practicum completed in the context of a local congregation. To earn this degree, a student must complete the prescribed course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Master of Ministry students who live in the contiguous 48 states who are pursuing the degree online are required to participate in two courses offered on campus during J-Mester. J-Mester courses are typically offered the second week of January and are comprised of 20-24 hours of face-to-face lecture with the balance of the course work completed online during the same spring semester. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii, as well as international students, may apply to the director of the program for a waiver of this requirement.
  3. Master of Ministry students must complete MMIN 699  (Integrative Capstone Project) during their last semester of study. Prior to graduation, students are required to participate in an assessment of their capstone project along with a review of a portfolio they are required to prepare for the assessment interview. This interview must be scheduled in coordination with the director of the program. Further information concerning these requirements is provided during the Orientation to MMIN course.

Curriculum for Master of Ministry (MMIN)


(listed in semester hours)

1. Orientation (1 hour)


2. Bible Interpretation, Theology and Ministry Context (9 hours)


One of the following three courses:


3. Biblical Study (0-6 hours)


4. Ministry Courses (18-24 hours)


NOTE: All of the three-hour courses listed below may be accompanied by a one-hour practicum. The optional practicum represents an additional practical component that is individualized and completed in the congregational context. (Each student must take a minimum of three practica concurrent with the three-hour course that it accompanies. A minimum of 18 hours in ministry courses are required.)

5. Other Courses:


 (no more than one course in this category is allowed)

6. Capstone Project (2 hours)


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