Master of Divinity

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Specialization

This specialization equips students to understand the religious, spiritual, cultural, economic and developmental contexts for youth and young adults. Pastors, youth ministers and community youth workers will learn to construct spaces for adolescent and young adult faith, joining with them in establishing practices for lifelong faith.

Required: 12 credit hours from the following list of courses and an integrative paper or project. (Students may not use PT-610 for both the specialization and the required M.Div. spirituality course.)

Choose six hours from this group:

ED-505: Ministry with/for/by Youth

ED-510: Adolescent World

ED-615: Ministry with Young Adults: Intimacy, Vocation and Community

ED-630: Intergenerational and Children’s Ministry

ED-680: Creating Learning Environments

Choose three hours from this group:

ME-580: Mission of the Church in a Multicultural Society

PC-613: Theories of the Development of the Self and of the Life Cycle

PC-771: Grief Care & Counseling plus PC-785: Counseling Interventions with Troubled Youth

PT-540: Doing Our Own Work

PT-610: Spiritual Formation and Social Change

WO-625: Sacraments and Ordinances of Initiation and Eucharist

Choose three hours from this group:

CE-640: Ethics of Sex

CE-720C: Contemporary Moral Issues: Human Trafficking

CH-642: Christianity and Social Issues in the U.S.A.

CH-767: The Social Gospel Movement

CT/SR-733: The Nones: Spiritual and Belief Beyond Religion

HB-781: Gender, Race, and Ecology in the Hebrew Bible

NT/SR-630: Gender in Ancient Religion


Tim Van Meter


A note about dual degrees and specializations: There are some limitations to overlapping requirements between M.Div. specializations and dual degree requirements. For example, in the dual M.Div./MAPT degree, students cannot use the M.Div. required Spirituality course in a MAPT specialization as well.

Also, dual degree students cannot combine certain specializations because of the overlap. For example, in the M.Div. program a student may have a Spirituality specialization, but if that student is also seeking a MAPT degree, the student may not specialize in Spiritual Formation and Small Group Ministry. Please contact the registrar for more details.

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