Student Development Concentration

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Concentration Overview

The Student Development concentration is designed for those seeking to influence the lives of college students. This concentration will connect you to current research that will challenge you to think critically about collegiate learning, form collaborative partnerships across the institution, and develop a personal philosophy of student development within the higher-education context.

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM) program leading to a Master of Arts degree consist of the successful completion of 42 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, and a capstone project or internship. 

Students pursuing the Student Development concentration are required to take the 24 hours of core CFM courses plus an additional 18 hours (see below).

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Core Courses (24)

  • CFM 512  Bible in Ministry (2)
  • CFM 513  History & Philosophy of Ministry (4)
  • CFM 514  Ministry in Culture (2)
  • CFM 515  Human Development & Research for Ministry (4)
  • CFM 516  Teaching for Transformation (4)
  • CFM 521  Personal Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 522  History and Traditions of Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 681  Comprehensive Exam (0)
  • CFM 691  Concentration Mentoring Group (0)
  • All graduate students are required to complete a theological studies requirement of 6 semester hours. For CFM students, this consists of CFM 512 plus a 4-hour course from the Category I listing in the Graduate School section of this catalog.  

Student Development (18)

  • CFM 532  Discipleship (2)
  • CFM 534  Care & Counsel in Ministry (2)
  • CFM 545  Student Development Leadership & Organization (4)
  • CFM 546  Facilitating Collegiate Learning (4)
  • CFM 641  College/Young Adult Ministry (4)
  • CFM 692  Student Development Final Project (2)

Final Project

The final project within the concentration may be either a thesis/applied thesis (698), creative project (692), or internship (696). Up to four hours of electives within the concentration may be taken through independent study courses. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be applied to the degree requirements. For courses offered only on a pass/fail basis, two hours of pass/fail credit may be applied to the degree with approval of the department chair.


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