Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MDiv Dual-Level Program

Gain the biblical knowledge and ministry philosophy of a youth and family ministry degree alongside a Master of Divinity in as few as five years.

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Why Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MDiv?

A Youth and Family Ministry degree gives you a deep knowledge of the Bible and church leadership with a particular focus on ministry to young people and their families. Additionally, a Master of Divinity prepares you for broader church ministry through a study of theology and the Scriptures—usually in the original languages. In this program, you will be prepared as a well-educated and effective ministry leader with children, youth, families, or the whole church.


How it Works:

Cairn University’s  Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MDiv dual-level program allows you to condense what would be eight years of study (four-year bachelor’s + four-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your sophomore year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years without taking summer courses.

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.


Why Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MDiv at Cairn?

  • Receive hands-on training through ministry involvement and interaction with a ministry mentor.
  • Engage with practical, up-to-date strategies of youth ministry.
  • Understand youth ministry from a global perspective and take opportunities to experience various missional contexts
  • Study the Bible cover to cover, taking courses that range from surveys of the Old Testament to exegetical studies of Revelation.
  • Learn how to properly exegete and translate the Scriptures through an in-depth study of Greek and Hebrew (four semesters of each language).
  • Deeply explore each branch of systematic theology and the history of theology.
  • Develop the skills of pastoral ministry.


Career Paths

  • Senior Pastor
  • Associate/Assistant Pastor
  • Camp Director
  • Bible Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Missionary
  • Professor (with further study)