Feb 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin 
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Youth & Young Adult Ministry/Community & International Development Dual Degree MAYYAM/MSCID

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The Dual Degree Program in Community and International Development (MSCID) 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.

Since both the MSCID 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.

Total Credits - 69

The MAYYAM program is a 48-credit degree but it will share (use) 6 elective credits with the MSCID program, thereby reducing MAYYAM credits to 42.

The MSCID program will reduce the required number of credits from 39 to 30 by removing the concentration requirement. In addition, up to 2 MSCID elective credits can be fulfilled through MAYYAM courses, reducing the MSCID credits to 28. Finally, MSCID’s 1-credit Practicum requirement will be fulfilled through MAYYAM’s required practicum, reducing the MSCID credits to 27.

  MAYYAM MSCID Dual Degree
Original Total Credits 48 39 87

(share elective with MSCID)

(remove concentration requirement)
Share/reduction   -2
(electives fulfilled through MAYYAM courses)
Share/reduction   -1
(practicum fulfilled through MAYYAM practicum)
Adjusted Total Credits 42 27 69


Program Information

Information for the two programs (Youth & Young Adult Ministry MAYYAM and Community & International Development MSCID) follows:

Click here to jump to Community & International Development MSCID.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry MAYYAM

E-mail: youthm@andrews.edu

The MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry (MAYYAM) provides study in theology, church history, world mission, and the specialized field of youth and young adult ministry. The graduate of the MAYYAM 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.


The MA in Youth & Young Adult Ministry program equips students to fulfill the teaching and discipling mandates of the gospel commission through a lifetime of work with youth and young adults.


The MAYYAM program will lead the Adventist church in effectively discipling and empowering our youth and young adults.


The goals of the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry (MAYYAM) program are to provide the church with specialists who:

  1. See their enduring career path as working with youth and young adults in the church in varying capacities.
  2. Are able to critically analyze the theology of youth and young adult ministry.
  3. Develop skills in the design, implementation and assessment of ministry efforts directed at youth for the purpose of improving the retention of youth and young adults in the Seventh-day Adventist church.
  4. Make disciples of Jesus Christ who will disciple the youth and young adults of the church to continue the discipleship process. 

Concentration Option:

Campus Chaplaincy (See concentration requirements below) 

Intensive Curriculum Option:

The MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry offers an intensive format for those who are unable to study in residence. It is completed over three years by attending five weeks of intensives on campus each year. Some courses can be completed through distance learning and a field practicum.

MAYYAM Dual Degree Options:

The MAYYAM is also available with the following dual degree options:

Total Credits - 48

Electives or Concentration

Students can complete 12 credits of electives or complete the Campus Chaplaincy concentration as outlined below. (Students in the MAYYAM/MSCID Dual Degree program may fulfill 6 elective credits with MSCID courses. Students in the MAYYAM/MSW Dual Degree program may fulfill 8 elective credits with MSW courses.) 

Electives - 12

Additional Requirements

Degree 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.

Elective Courses

Students in the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry program can utilize their elective credits to tailor a program to their specific ministry needs. They can take up to 6 credits in DSRE 690 - Independent Study.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 transfer graduate credits, when applicable, may be transferred into the MAYYAM program from other institutions or from other master’s programs within the Seminary 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 9 transfer credits.

Credit Through Learning in Professional Experience

In place of DSRE 660 - Field Practicum: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, some students may be eligible to receive up to six credits for professional experience when approved by the dean, using the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have completed at least 18 credits toward the MA degree with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
  • The applicant must submit a Professional Experience Portfolio, including (1) an up-to-date curriculum vita, (2) a description of ministerial experiences, (3) a reflection-learning paper in which the applicant analyzes his/her professional skills and ministries and demonstrates how learning based on the reflection-reaction process occurred, and (4) supporting letters from administrative and pastoral supervisors which identify and document a variety of professional experiences.
  • The applicant must submit the completed Professional Experience Portfolio to the program director and the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education no later than the semester prior to graduation. For details, contact the director of the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MA in Youth and Young Adult Ministry program should read the general admission requirements of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Applicants to the MAYYAM program must also meet the qualifications listed below:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Interview with a representative of the MAYYAM program, if required, either by personal contact, telephone, or e-mail.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

English Language Requirement

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.

Additional Information

Students who seek to serve in general pastoral or church leadership positions should consider, as an alternative, the Master of Divinity program as stipulated by North American Division policy (L 05 05 and L 05 15).

CPE Unit

In addition to completing the 48-credit professional MAYYAM with an emphasis in Campus Chaplaincy, an individual wishing to be employed as a campus chaplain should complete 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) - Community Based Option (8 months). In international settings where CPE units are not available, supervised internship in campus ministry must be arranged in accordance with established curricula guidelines and with qualified mentoring.

Student Learning 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 application in 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 youth ministry for the broader church.
  • Advocates for youth and young adults and for effective ministry to them.

Community and International Development MSCID

The Community and International Development program offers interdisciplinary study in the humanitarian and development field at the graduate level. This unique approach equips students with the skills needed to identify and respond to social and economic challenges across the globe. Program concentration options offer in depth training - preparing students for professional service in academia, policy, advocacy, project management, and administration.

In order to receive a Masters in Community and International Development, students will complete 33 credits of required coursework and have the option to add 12 credits of coursework for a concentration.

This degree is offered in both an on-campus and a blended format.

MSCID Dual Degree Options:

The MSCID is also available with the following dual degree options:

Total Credits - 33-45

Foundations - 12

Choose a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:

Capstone - 9

Concentrations - 12

The concentration area is selected by individual choice and will draw on University faculty strengths. The program director/advisor, in consulation with the student, will select a minimum of 12 credits of elective courses related to the chosen concentration to meet the student’s career goals.

Students may choose an area of concentration that aligns with their research and career interests. Concentration areas are listed below, along with courses a student may take in each area. Students, in consultation with their advisor, may substitute courses within a concentration area. Additionally, students may choose a different area of concentration, contingent upon documentation that they are able to meet the general concentration requirements (adequate credits, appropriate field practicum, and research projects are available). 

NOTE: Students who choose to complete a concentration will need a total of 45 credits to complete the program. Students in the MSCID/MAYYAM Dual Degree program are not required to complete a concentration.

Disaster Preparedness and Management*

Peace Studies

This concentration is offered in cooperation with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) for the purpose of establishing a limited articulation of graduate courses as part of an academic exchange program between the Master of Science in Community and International Development program at Andrews University and the Master of Arts: Peace Studies program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Students will work with the Director of CIDP to choose appropriate courses and steps to take to be registered. Students will not register for these courses through Andrews. They will take the courses from AMBS and register through the AMBS system and be transferred to AU.

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:

HTE 550 Introduction to Peace Studies and Nonviolence

HTE 644 Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, & Revolution

CHM 542 Education for Peace and Justice

CHM 633 Conflict, Communication, and Conciliation

HTE 641 Economic Justice and Christian

HTE 643 International Politics in Christian Perspective

CHM 608 Christian Spirituality for Peace-and-Justice-Making


Students may have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistantships within the Community and International Development Program. Please apply in the CIDP Office.

Additional Information

The schools and departments regulate policies that govern the elective courses offered as part of the concentration package and some may not be available. Some elective courses may require prerequisites and should be discussed in advance with the program director/advisor for guidance in completing the concentration.

The Field Practicum and Research Project/Thesis will necessarily be related to the area of concentration in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the chosen area, and with the possibility of applying course work in practice. Students are required to undertake a 720-hour internship (approximately 6 months at 30 hours per week) through a field placement with a domestic, national, or international organization/project. Internships are based on prior approval and advice from the program director. Arrangements for the internship will be made by the program director/advisor pending availability and feasibility of the placement proposed by the student.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to 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 3.0 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 Statistics and Research. Provisional acceptance may be granted without these courses with the expectation that the student will take them during the first year of enrollment. Credits for these prerequisites will 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 exam is not required.

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


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