Graduate Studies

Russell School of Ministry

Build a strong ministry network, unlock new leadership skills, and engage with professors who are invested in your success. With a strong biblical foundation and practical application, the graduate degree program offers two primary types of learning experiences:

  • 8 week online classes
  • 1 in-person week-long intensive course per semester on a CCCB campus or remotely.

Upgrade Your Ministry

Russell School of Ministry is dedicated to excellence in and out of the classroom. Classes are taught by professors who are both scholars with a high view of scripture and professional leaders in church and parachurch organizations. The program is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (

Unlock New Skills

Graduate classes are taught by professors with educational expertise and a passion for ministry. Practical assignments are emphasized in all classes. The assignments are designed to apply classroom knowledge to real-world application in your ministry context and leadership development.

Balance and Build

Graduate courses are designed for flexibility and minimal time away from your ministry. With only five days of on-campus time each semester, multiple locations to choose from, and additional options for missionaries and students outside the US, it has never been easier to continue your education while continuing to serve right where you are.

Afford Your Ambition

Central Christian College of the Bible is committed to providing innovative ministry education in multiple locations for the Christian Church. By studying with Russell School of Ministry, there is no need to choose between cost and quality. With a low cost per credit hour and multiple payment options available, you can get quality training at an affordable cost.


Meet the Dean

Dr. Doug Spears is the Dean of Russell School of Ministry. Dr. Spears is a graduate of Cincinnati Bible Seminary (B.S., M.Div.), Louisville Bible College (M.Th.), and Kent State University (M.Ed., Ph.D.) Doug has served as a professor, department chair, minister, and professional counselor.

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) is a 36-credit-hour program designed to help you develop your personal leadership skills, be equipped to lead congregations toward health, and be capable of forming personal and pastoral development plans for your teams.

Program Overview

  • Cost: $7,500 per year
  • Credits: 36
  • Format: Full-time
  • Time to Completion: 2 years

Program Information

  • The MA in Ministry Leadership is a 36-hour program designed to build upon your prior education by advancing your leadership capacity and helping you gain new skills to lead your team, grow your community, and sharpen your focus.
  • Leadership Core: 18 hours
  • Ministry Electives: 15 hours
  • Capstone: 3 hours
  • Students can take all 15 ministry elective courses in one area to earn a concentration.
  • Available Concentrations: Preaching

Potential Career Outcomes

  • Leader in a church, community, or social service agency
  • Executive, Manager, or Director in nonprofit and for-profit organizations
  • Leader of a parachurch organization or missions agency
  • Missionary serving in country

Catalog Info

Admission Requirements & Application Checklist:

Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

A minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average is required for admission
Preference is given to those with exposure to Christian higher education
Up to 18 hours of graduate-level courses may be accepted after a transcript evaluation by CCCB, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average

Writing Sample of Work

The writing sample may be waived if the cumulative grade point average is above 3.0, if the bachelor’s degree from an accredited Bible College,
or if the candidate has extensive work experience in ministry.

Resume of Professional Work Experience

Interview with Dean of Graduate Studies


Seats in graduate-level courses are limited; preference will be given to the earliest qualified admitted students.