Sep 28, 2023  

Master of Science in Community & International Development/Master of Youth & Young Adult Ministry CIDP/MAYYAM

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Duel Degree Program Description

The Dual Degree Program in Community and International Development (CIDP) and Youth and Young Adult Ministry (MAYYAM) allows students to complete two degrees in three years. To facilitate this objective, the two programs will reduce the total number of required credits and will share a practicum and a limited number of elective courses. This amounts to a total of 69 credits to fulfill the Dual Degree.

  • The MAYYAM program is a 48-credit degree but it will share (use) six elective credits with the CIDP program thereby reducing MAYYAM credits to 42.
  • The CIDP program will reduce the required number of credits from 39 to 30 by removing the concentration requirement. In addition, up to two CIDP elective credits can be fulfilled through MAYYAM courses reducing the CIDP credits to 28. Finally, CIDP’s 1-credit Practicum requirement will be fulfilled through MAYYAM’s required practicum. Reducing the CIDP credits to 27.

Since both the CIDP and MAYYAM programs reduce the total credits in order to reduce costs and achieve a more streamlined and efficient program, both degrees must be received simultaneously in order to fulfill the requirements of either degree.

Combined Total Credits - 69

CIDP Total Credits - 27

CIDP Program Requirements - 30

Practicum - 1

  • This course is fulfilled through the MAYYAM degree practicum course  

Electives - 2

  • These electives are fulfilled through MAYYAM degree courses.

CIDP Admission Requirements

Acceptance Criteria

Applicants to the regular two-year standing program must meet the following creteria, in addition to other general admission requirements of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies & Research.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or 3.50 in 8 or more credits of previously taken graduate courses graded A-F. Students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.6 or higher. Such students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first 12 graduate credits to continue in the program;
  • Completed Graduate Application packet.
  • Completed coursework in Accounting, Statistics and Research II. Provisional acceptance may be granted without these courses, and the student would be expected to take them during the first year of enrollment. Credits for prerequisites do not apply toward the MSCID.

The director of the program may request a personal interview or a third reference and/or other information.


Students who apply for admission to the MSCID program have two options related to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For those students who are seeking a graduate scholarship, the GRE must be taken. Scholarship amounts are based on the score achieved on the exam. For students who do not seek a graduate scholarship based on the GRE score, the GRE is not required.

Language Requirements

A reading knowledge of a foreign language is strongly recommended for those planning on graduate work.

CIDP Additional Information


Students have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistantships - administrative, teaching or research.

MAYYAM Total Credits - 42

MAYYAM Program Description

David Sedlacek, Director

The MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry provides study in theology, church history, world mission, and the specialized field of youth and young adult ministry. The graduate of the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry will be competent to serve in a variety of vocations such as youth pastor, university/college/academy chaplain, dormitory dean, local church youth leader, conference youth director, and guidance counselor.

MAYYAM Program Requirements - 48

Core Requirements - 18

Youth Ministry Core - 12

Youth Ministry Electives - 6

Practicum - 6

Electives - 6

  • These electives are fulfilled through the CIDP course requirements.

MAYYAM Admission Requirements

Application Process

Applicants to the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry program should read the general admission requirements for all graduate students School of Graduate Studies & Research , and the general seminary admission requirements Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary . Applicants to the MAYYAM program must also meet the qualifications listed below:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and show promise of usefulness for ministry through personal maturity and adequate experience in the Church. (Persons of other faiths who are willing to live in harmony with these standards are welcome to apply.)
  • Submit an autobiographical history and statement of purpose reflecting the applicant’s family, religious development, sense of calling to ministry, experience in church work, and future goals in relationship to the MAYYAM program.
  • Interview with a representative of the MAYYAM program if required, either by personal contact, telephone, or e-mail.
  • Pass the Biblical Literacy Entrance Test with a score of 80% or take the course GSEM 525 and pass with a grade of C+ or better.
  • Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.

Graduates of the MAYYAM program receive calls for ministry. However, completion of the program does not guarantee employment in Adventist ministry or any other church employment.

Language Requirements

For those applicants whose native language is not English, the following is required:

  • MELAB - score of 81 (must achieve a passing score on each section: written, verbal and comprehension) or
  • TOEFL - score of 565 (paper based) or score of 85 (computer based with a minimum of 20 on each section: written, verbal and comprehension) and
  • A personal interview with the program director or designee

Applicants who fail to meet any of the above may be admitted only after departmental consideration of the specific circumstances. Additional coursework in English may be required. A student who graduated from a four-year English-speaking high school, college or university may be exempted from all or parts of the above requirements.

MAYYAM Denominational Certification

The Basic Teaching Certificate for denominational certification may be issued to the candidate presenting a Verification of Eligibility form from Andrews University. The certificate is issued by the union conference where the candidate takes his/her first teaching position.

Requirements for this certificate may be completed by taking additional courses along with the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry. More information about preparing to teach religion in Adventist schools is available from the University Certification Registrar in the School of Education.

MAYYAM Graduation Requirements

The MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry degree is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 48 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. A minimum of 24 semester credits are to be taken at the Theological Seminary or at an authorized extension center. The course work for the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry normally should be completed within seven years.

MAYYAM Additional Information

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 24 transfer graduate credits, when applicable, may be accepted from approved seminaries or universities upon approval of the dean. Credits approved under the Credit Through Learning in Professional Experience provision (see below) are considered part of the maximum of 24 transfer credits.

MAYYAM Program Objectives

Program Outcomes

  • Christian Apologist - Articulates effectively a theology and philosophy of youth ministry.
  • Pastor-Teacher - Uses appropriate methodologies to disciple youth and young adults.
  • Servant Leader - Understands youth and young adult culture relevant to its applicationin the biblical discipleship process.
  • Maturing Christian - Engages consistently in biblical devotional habits to be open to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in his or her life.
  • Youth and Young Adult Specialist- Develops, directs, advocates for, and evaluates youth ministry for the broader church.

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