Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership


The M.A. in Youth Ministry Leadership provides you with specialized knowledge and skills to reach the next generation by evangelizing and discipling youth and their families through the power of Jesus Christ and to equip others for youth ministry.


This program will equip you to:

  • Analyze and address current trends in adolescent culture

  • Develop and implement biblically-based strategies for youth ministry

  • Plan, lead, and evaluate ministry activities for youth and their families


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Serving as a church youth pastor

  • Serving as a member of campus ministry team

  • Serving as a camp or retreat worker

  • Serving as a member of a wilderness or adventure education ministry

  • Ministering to at-risk youth

Review our course requirements and  begin the application process.

Featured Faculty: 
Photo of Karen Grant, CIU Professor of Youth Ministry, Family & Culture Karen Grant
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture
B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., California State University, Stanislaus; M.A., Moody Bible Institute; Bible Certificate, D.Min., Columbia International University

Dr. Karen Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and...Read More...

A photo of David Olshine, professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture at CIU. David Olshine
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.G.S., Ohio University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., The Eastern Baptist Seminary 
Sam Rubinson, CIU professor Sam Rubinson
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.S., Valley Forge Christian College; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary