Youth and Family Ministry

Grand Canyon University

M.A. Online
530 USD/credit
530 USD/credit
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Youths and families have unique spiritual needs. Learn how to engage young people and provide pastoral guidance to them with a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry program at Grand Canyon University. This youth ministry degree is well-suited to future youth pastors who have a passion for changing lives through transformative ministry.

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Address the challenges of modern life with the wisdom of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Youth and Family Ministry program at Grand Canyon University examines the major stages of human development—from childhood to adulthood. 

Students learn to apply theological and biblical principles as they minister to specific groups and family members. Learn how to provide biblical care during the oft-tumultuous years of adolescent growth and development.


As the world continues to present evolving challenges to families and young people, youth pastors remain a steadfast source of spiritual comfort and guidance. 

A master’s in youth ministry can position graduates to pursue opportunities in churches, para-churches, Christian organizations, nonprofit organizations, social service entities and educational institutions. 

Some specific roles that may be related to this theology degree include the following:

  • Youth outreach specialist
  • Children’s ministry director
  • Sports team chaplain
  • Church youth pastor

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry and Theology 
  • Ministerial Ethics 
  • Biblical Hermeneutics 
  • Practical Theology 
  • Old Testament Foundations 
  • New Testament Foundations

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38 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate applicants may be accepted at GCU with an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or program that has been approved by Grand Canyon University (GCU), with a 2.8 GPA or higher. 
  • If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for admission with a graduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college or program and passing test scores: GMAT, GRE

Tuition Fee

  • International

    530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 530 USD per credit and a duration of  .


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Youth and Family Ministry
Grand Canyon University