Since 1889, Howard Payne University has been training men and women who have sensed God’s calling to vocational ministry. The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry is designed to provide preparation for those who will minister to teenagers and their families through the local church and other related ministries. The curriculum contains a combination of courses that emphasize biblical, theological and practical application. The 42-hour, non-thesis program is designed to work with the schedules of those serving away from the Brownwood area.
Howard Payne’s Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program does not have a housing requirement. Our unique non-residency program allows students to complete internships in lieu of a thesis, while continuing to minister right where they are.
Modular Class Format
Modular graduate classes are offered from August to May (usually on our Brownwood campus). Students must complete pre-assignments before the classes begin, and post-assignments within four weeks of the final class day. The Tuesday-through-Friday format allows for a focused learning experience with minimal disruption to the schedule of a full-time youth minister.
In lieu of a thesis, students must complete three semester-long youth ministry internships, each focusing on the student’s personal and spiritual growth, and also a specific target area for development in ministry. For each internship, the student will have an on-site ministry guide with whom she or he will meet each week for reflection and accountability. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the instructor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MAYM degree will be without significant guided experience in youth ministry.