Academics at AMBS

Rebecca Slough, academic dean

A word from the Academic Dean

At AMBS, you will work closely with your faculty advisor to tailor a program of classes, intenrships and practica that equips you for your future work. Whether it is doctoral studies or ministry in a congregation, work in a faith-based organization or an international development placement, students leave AMBS prepared to share the good news wherever God calls them. — Rebecca Slough

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

FEB 27
Comprehensive Exams for MATS & MACF (2/27/17 - 3/8/2017)
February 27, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

“I’m most interested in teaching and in bringing academic study together with the life of the church.” — Michelle Curtis (MDiv; Souderton, Pennsylvania)

Master of Divinity programs

In the Master of Divinity Campus (MDiv Campus) program, you are fully immersed in worship, study and relational life of our learning community in the city of Elkhart. This plan of study requires 80 credit hours, all taken on our beautiful campus. Majors: Pastoral ministry, pastoral care and counseling, Christian faith formation, Christian leadership and Theological studies.

The Master of Divinity Connect program allows you to access the best of our learning community from a distance. Study includes a combination of online-only courses (53 credit hours) and hybrid courses (mostly online with a visit to campus, 27 credit hours). Majors: Pastoral ministry, pastoral care and counseling, Christian faith formation, Christian leadership and Theological studies.

The Master of Divinity for United Methodists combines specific courses from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. Ill., with AMBS courses to prepare United Methodists for ordination. This plan of study requires 80 credit hours.

Master of Arts programs

The Masters of Arts in Christian Formation (MACF) program prepares students for ministry in spiritual formation and guidance, teaching ministry and worship. The 60 credit hour plan of study equips students with tools to study and engage the ministries of personal and congregational formation. is not intended for independent ministerial leadership of the congregation. Concentrations: Christian spirituality and Public ministries (teaching and worship)

The Masters of Arts: Peace Studies (MAPS) program deepens students' understanding of and commitment to the biblical vision of peace and justice. The 60 credit hour plan of study prepares tomorrow's leaders to embody God's restoring and reconciling work in the church and world. Concentrations: Primary program, Conflict transformation, International development administration and Environmental sustainability leadership.

The Master of Arts: Theological Studies (MATS) grounds students in a range of theological disciplines and provides a foundation for further graduate study. The 60 credit hour program involves critical engagement with Scripture, the church's witness in the world, and the ethics of following Jesus. Concentrations: Biblical studies, Church history and Theology and ethics.

Certificate programs

AMBS certificates provide professionals, congregational leaders and bivocational pastors with a theological, biblical and spiritual foundation to integrate their faith into their work and ministries. The 27 credit hour programs include offerings in spiritual formation, pastoral theology for financial professionals and theological studies.