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Master of Science in Ministry

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu
  • Application Deadline: March 31
  • Housing and Residence Life Deadline: Rolling

The Master of Science in Ministry prepares students for various ministries in the churches. The curriculum designates specific courses, yet is broad enough to provide the basic insights necessary for participation in both the thought and life of the church. The M.S. is suitable for those who have a limited time for graduate study, or for persons who wish basic training for ministry.

Transfer of Credits

For degree purposes, upon approval of the Religion and Philosophy Division Chairperson, a maximum of two courses totaling no more than eights units of graduate work may be transferred towards the M.S. in Ministry. All transfer work must be from regionally accredited colleges and universities, completed at a graduate level and no work with a grade lower than B will be accepted.


Our classes are offered at a variety of times to accommodate those students currently serving in full-time ministry positions. We offer small class sizes providing an intimate learning environment in which graduate students develop close relationships with mentoring faculty who are leaders in their disciplines.

M.S. in Ministry with Certification in Dispute Resolution

A program offered jointly by the Religion and Philosophy Division and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law enables students to earn both degrees with only four additional units beyond what is required to complete the two degrees independently. Students must apply and gain admission to each school independently. Admission into one school does not guarantee admission to the other. Requirements for the joint program are the same as those for the independent Master of Science in Ministry degree except as follows-- In place of two courses (8 units) required in the ministry category, students will take 12 units in the Caruso School of Law as follows:

  • Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy (2)
  • Mediation Seminar (2)
  • Interviewing, Counseling, and Planning (2)
  • One Arbitration course (2)
  • Two additional courses in dispute resolution (4)

(Mediation Clinic and Dispute Resolution in Religion are recommended)

Tuition and Cost

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