Youth Ministry Leadership

Get the training you need to become a youth worker with the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership degree

The Youth Ministry Leadership program is for those who care about reaching the next generation and their families. If that’s you — seeking to evangelize and disciple youth and their families through the power of Jesus Christ and to equip others for youth ministry — you’ll be at home in the MA in Youth Ministry Leadership.

What You'll Learn 

  • Develop a biblical philosophy and effective strategies for youth and family ministry
  • Learn current trends in youth culture in order to engage students and support families.
  • Demonstrate necessary leadership skills to plan, direct, and evaluate ministry practices for youth and their families

Program Length 

18 months, by taking one course at a time.

Why Study Youth Ministry Leadership at CIU?

  • Caring, scholarly, and experienced faculty who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide both expert academic support and individualized spiritual guidance
  • Intentional integration of Bible knowledge, spiritual formation, and ministry skill development
  • Highly engaged, hands-on classes with students from all over the world
  • Mentored field experience built into the curriculum
  • LOGOS Bible software is offered at no additional cost while attending CBS
Locations Offered
On Campus
36 credit hours
Program Length
as few as 18 months

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Youth Ministry Leadership students come to CIU with a passion to reach the next generation with the gospel of Christ. The degree provides the biblical knowledge and strategic skills you will need to work with youth and their families, as well as preparing you to equip others for ministry.

  • Church and Campus Ministry: Serving as a church youth pastor or as a member of campus ministry team
  • Camp and Retreat Ministry: Working with youth and their families in camp and retreat ministry contexts
  • Wilderness and Adventure Education Ministry: Disciplining others through experiential learning in outdoor settings
  • Para-Church Youth Worker/Leader: Young Life, Youth for Christ, FCA
See program details in the Academic Catalog.

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