The program explores youth and young adult development, socialization, discipleship and spiritual formation primarily within an urban cultural context. Drawing from a wide range of interdisciplinary research within the field of religious education, leadership studies, youth development and socialization, courses attend to the theological, educational, psychological and socio-cultural foundations of youth and young adult ministry. Graduates of this program are prepared to serve as practitioners of youth ministry within varied institutional settings and are equipped to design and administer programs that foster the holistic transformation of youth and young adult faith development.
Students in the MAYM are required to attend two overnight retreats each year along with others in the various master’s degree programs (attendance at the retreats is incorporated into the requirements for Introduction to Theological Education). They are also invited and encouraged to take part in other various activities organized and led by the Student Association throughout the course of the year. MAYM students must complete a year-long practicum in which they will be placed in a supervised field setting under a qualified supervisor that is appropriate for their degree program. Students are normally not given a stipend from the site where their placement is located.
Classes in the MAYM are held mostly in the evenings at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in New York and online. Students have access to the library system of Columbia University, which includes the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. All students will be trained in online learning in order to make use of Moodle, the NYTS online learning system.
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- Introduction to Theological Education
- First Testament
- Foundations of Youth Ministry
- Exegesis Practicum
- Second Testament
- 24 months
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DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology View 655 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United States
The MAYM is open to women and men who:
- possess a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college
- demonstrate evidence of an ability to do graduate level study, primarily assessed through the written answers to the application essay questions and through recommendations
- are able to articulate in a manner that is appropriate to their own experience and faith tradition an understanding of their call to serve in the specialized area of youth ministry
- currently belong to a community of faith that recognizes or expects the applicant to exercise his or her calling to religious education
International665 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 665 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
National665 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 665 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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