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Curriculum

The MA in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership is designed to deepen your personal walk with Christ, sharpen your critical thinking and leadership, and equip you with Christian formation programming skills to work with youth and emerging adults in a variety of ministry contexts. 

Students are expected to work at HoneyRock or at their current organizations so they continuously integrate academic work with ministry practice. To enable this, courses are offered in a hybrid format involving online instruction and collaboration, and 1-2 week intensive residential sessions at HoneyRock or other partner sites.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership requires the successful completion of 40 credit hours to graduate.  They include 32 core Outdoor and Adventure Leadership credits and 8 hours of credit in approved elective courses.

The 32 required core credit hours comprise of the following:

  • OAL 518 Research Methods for Ministry (2)
  • OAL 521 Personal Spiritual Formation (2)
  • OAL 534 Care and Counsel in Ministry (2)
  • OAL 547 Philosophy of Ministry (2)
  • OAL 548 Program Planning and Leadership (2)
  • OAL 515 Camp Ministry in Glocal Contexts (4)
  • OAL 661 Foundations of Experiential Education (4)
  • OAL 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry (4) TSR
  • OAL 663 Organizational Leadership and Staff Development in Outdoor Ministry (4)
  • OAL 683 Integrative Seminar (0)
  • BITH 565 Christian Theology (4) TSR
  • OAL Final Project (CFM 692 Creative Project or CFM 698 Thesis/Applied Thesis) (2)

Students also complete 8 credit hours of approved elective courses.

The elective options allow students to specialize in an area related to their context and calling in formational ministry. Students choose from one the specializations below or develop their own by selecting from available and accessible courses in the Wheaton College Graduate School or at another college for approval.

Potential specializations include:

  • Camp Ministry focus
  • College Ministry focus
  • Church Ministry Focus
  • Serving Special Populations

Course Sequencing Chart

Courses are offered in a hybrid format with collaborative work done online, and 1-2 week intensive sessions at HoneyRock as a residential student or other partner learning sites as a flexible learning student.

The following chart presents a progression that allows completion of the MA in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership in two years.  For those pursuing their degree part time, the courses below will be available each Fall and Spring semesters. Students will propose their course progression, including elective choices for approval as part of their candidacy application before completion of the first 12 hours of credit.

Residential Learning

First Year    
Fall (12 credits)  Spring (12 credits) 
     
OAL 521
Personal Spiritual Formation (2)  
  OAL 518
Research for Ministry (2) 
     
OAL 547
Philosophy/Theological Foundations (2)
  OAL 548
Program Planning and Leadership (2)
     
OAL 661
Foundations of Experiential Education (4)
  OAL 515
Camp Ministry in Glocal Contexts (4) 
     
BITH 565
Christian Theology (4)
  OAL 662
Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry (4) 
     
Second Year    
Fall (12 credits)    Spring (4 credits)
     
OAL 663
Organizational Leadership and
Staff Development in Outdoor Ministry (4) 
  OAL 683
Integrative Seminar (0)
     
OAL 534
Care and Counsel in Ministry (2) 
   
     
OAL 692/698
Thesis or Creative Project (2)
   
     
Approved Electives (4)      Approved Electives (4)

Flexible Learning

First Year    
Fall (8 credits)  Spring (8 credits) 
     
OAL 521
Personal Spiritual Formation (2) 
  OAL 661 
Foundations of Experiential Education (4)
     
OAL 662 
Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry (4)
  OAL 548
Program Planning and Leadership (2)
     
OAL 547
Philosophy of Ministry (2)
  OAL 518 
Research Methods for Ministry  (2)
     
Summer both years (0-4 credits)     
0-4 Credit Electives from School of Mission Ministry and Leadership    
     
Second Year    
Fall (6 credits)    Spring (4-8 credits) 
     
OAL 663
Organizational Leadership and
Staff Development in Outdoor Ministry (4) 
  BITH 565
Christian Theology (4) 
     
OAL 534
Care and Counsel in Ministry (2) 
  Approved Electives (0-4)
     
Third Year    
Fall (6-10 credits)    Spring (4-8 credits) 
OAL 692/698
Creative Project or Thesis/Applied Thesis (2)
  OAL 683
Integrative Seminar (0)
     
OAL 525
Camp Ministry in Global Contexts (4)
  Approved Electives (4-8)
     
Approved Electives (0-4)