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Graduate Studies

Join us for an interactive webinar to learn more about CCCB’s first graduate program, and why a master’s degree is important in the ministry field.

Webinar Dates (Webinar is at 2:30p.m. Central/3:30 p.m Eastern):

  • September 1
  • September 29
  • October 13
  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 1

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML)

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) is designed to further develop servant-leaders beyond the bachelor/four-year college experience, as well as form their spiritual lives as they make practical use of God’s Word while serving in the local church. 


As a student in this program, you will develop your personal leadership skills, be equipped to lead congregations toward health, and be capable of forming personal & pastoral development plans for your teams.

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and is designed for:

  • Recent college graduates who desire additional training and skills prior to entering into full-time ministry
  • Ministers who are currently serving in congregations and desire further leadership training to enhance their ministry careers and advance the church’s mission
  • Adults with a bachelor’s degree who are considering a mid-life career change in response to God’s calling to ministry, but cannot repeat a four-year bachelor’s degree

Program Information

The Masters of Arts in Ministry Leadership is a two-year, 36-credit hour, hybrid graduate program offered in three modalities: On Campus, Online, and Onsite.

Online – 8-week online courses offered in partnership through Hope International University  (Fullerton, California).

On-Campus – a week-long intensive course on CCCB’s campus in Moberly, MO allows for you to work collaboratively with your peers and network within your constituency, with an embedded 1-day seminar by a ministry specialist.

On-Site – coaching and mentoring at your place of ministry by a qualified and resourced experienced practitioner.

Course List

Online Courses (in partnership with Hope International University) On-Campus Courses
Dynamics of Servant Leadership Dynamics of Healthy Congregations
Leading Spiritual Practices Discipleship and Christian Formation
Transforming Conflict Professional & Team Development
Ephesians Change and Conflict Management

Potential Careers with a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Leader in a church, community, or social service agency

Executive, Manager, or Director in nonprofit and for-profit organizations

Administrator of a parachurch organization or missions agency

Admission Requirements & Application Checklist


  • Complete the online graduate admission application found here: Apply Online.
  • A $100 non-refundable application fee is required for admission consideration.

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
  • International applicants must have transcripts from non-US colleges & universities evaluated by a third party service, such as World Education Services, or similar, as well as the following:
    • Evidence of English Proficiency
      • A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 61 or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of a 5.0 is required
    • Personal funding statement demonstrating financial ability to attend Central, including sponsorship information (if applicable)

Writing Sample of Work

  • The writing sample may be waived if cumulative grade point average is above a 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.

Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Billy Strother
Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Preaching and New Testament