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M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development

Why Pursue an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development?

The purpose of the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development is to develop reflective and compassionate practitioners who can grow individuals into mature disciples of Jesus Christ.

Formerly known as the M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM), this newly-revised program features a more concentrated focus on the fields of Higher Education and Student Development. Enrollment for the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development will begin in the Summer of 2019. 

Our Statement of Faith

Dr. Laura Barwegen considers how the Wheaton College Statement of Faith is reflected in our program. To view the full Statement of Faith video series, click here.

Student Development

Graduate Christian Formation and Ministry

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Why Pursue a Higher Education and Student Development degree at Wheaton?

Students develop an integrated understanding of the biblical narrative, biblical interpretations, Christian theology, and church history. They also develop a ministry philosophy, learn critical ministry skills, and deepen their engagement with personal spiritual formation.

Be challenged to think critically about collegiate learning and discipleship as you pursue a master’s degree in student development for higher educational setting. Experience theory and practice by working in a residential assistantship during your coursework or by staying in your current student development role through summer intensives and online coursework. Connect with the latest research to help you form students spiritually. Train in areas like mediation and conflict resolution. 

Students come to understand how they themselves and others are formed educationally and spiritually to better help them in their ministry to grow and nurture the Church. This knowledge is then integrated with theory and creative practice to allow students to teach effectively and handle Scripture wisely. 

Learn from world-class faculty who set the industry standards for student development in both secular and Christian contexts. 

My time at Wheaton allowed me to refocus on what I was doing in ministry. Without it, I think I would have only continued in overseas ministry for a few more years. — Brian Blackburn M.A. '06, Chief Administrator of Mercy Ships Academy, Africa

Faculty Books

Modern Psychopathologies

Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

Written by well-known and respected scholars Mark A. Yarhouse, Richard E. Butman, and Barrett W. McRay, this book provides an introduction to a set of disorders along with overviews of current research on etiology, treatment and prevention.

The Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality by Tom Schwanda

Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality: The Age of Edwards, Newton and Whitefield

Dr. Tom Schwanda introduces readers to the full range of writings arranged topically to create a narrative approach to the spiritual journey of evangelicals.

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood by David Setran

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood

Dr. David Setran bridges the gap between academic and popular literature on emerging adulthood and offers concrete ways to facilitate spiritual formation among emerging adults.

Internships and Careers in Student Development

In order to best prepare our students for the jobs they will eventually pursue, internship opportunities are integrated into our program. Beyond that, our Center for Vocation and Career helps these students find jobs in student development, church and parachurch ministries, and many more.

Those seeking to be challenged to think critically about collegiate learning and discipleship as they pursue a master’s degree in student development for higher educational settings.

Our alumni have pursued careers ranging from working with Mercy Ships Academy in Africa, to serving as resident directors and directors of activities at colleges and universities, pastor positions, and many more.