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Media Ministry Graduate Program (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Media Ministry program is an interdisciplinary program in collaboration with the Communications and Languages, Computer Science, Technology, and the School of Theology departments.  The academic program is housed at The Center for the Study of Media Ministry at Walla Walla University within the Communication and Languages Department and is suitable for students who already hold degrees in theology, communication, or other related fields.  These individuals will build upon past academic and ministry experience as they pursue a more specialized master's degree in Media Ministry.  Students enrolled in the program would contribute to the field through their research and projects.  These research and media projects could range from social activism to evangelism and all areas of ministry in between.

This degree provides a research foundation to study ministry effectiveness and is a think tank for creative Christian programming and technological innovation.

Students and professors will work together to:

  • Research and develop creative new ideas for media ministry.
  • Share ideas that are effective on emerging media platforms.
  • Develop narrative content that captivates audiences.
  • Measure and analyze audience responses.

Program highlights

  • No GRE
  • Convenience to keep working while earning your degree
  • Unique blend of communication, computer science, and theology in every course
  • Choose between a concentration in media and cinema or web and interactive media

Application deadline

  • All admission documents must be completed by August 15. Next cohort begins August 2018.

Length and structure:

The M.A. Media Ministry degree program is designed to be completed online in two years with intensive on-site workshops and featured speaker symposia. Students can participate online while working fulltime, though certain classes require once yearly two-week intensives. Students choose between a concentration in media and cinema or web and interactive media. Cohorts will begin with a pre-session before fall quarter every two years. Each program cohort will include 16-24 students who take all core courses together. Students will take courses within their concentration with 8-12 other students as a concentration cohort. 

Required credits: The curriculum for the program will include 52 credits divided between core courses and two concentrations from which students will choose one.  Core classes include foundational theology courses exploring worldview and mission, communication theory and research methods, story structure, graduate seminar and capstone project. 

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Pay as low as $331 if using financial aid.*

*The repayment example set forth is for illustrative purposes only and was calculated based on a standard amortization federal Stafford loan assuming a loan amount of $26,640, a payment term of 10 years, and a fixed interest rate equal to 5.31%. Loan amount of $26,640 is based on the total tuition price for the Masters in Media Ministry. The loan calculator used in this example is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov. It is your responsibility to verify your eligibility by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. All loans are subject to federal student aid guidelines. The actual interest rate may change periodically based on federal regulations. If you elect to defer payments until graduation, loan interest may accrue during deferment.

The Media and Cinema concentration explores ministry through various types of visual and aural media productions, from sound production and radio to video productions including web-based shorts and full-length films. Students will learn the essential components of production from writing to post-production—as well as content delivery methods, media ministry management principles, and theory of influence through media.

The Web and Interactive Media concentration prepares students to deploy ministry-focused interactive media on the web and on various mobile application platforms. The concentration focuses on the essential skills needed to design, deploy, and maintain websites, web services, and mobile apps with the goal of promoting ministry.

This degree will enhance the resume of the starting or mid-level media ministry professional, adding substance to their knowledge base of Christian mission and technological understanding.

Social media, video, and web-based content developers will be shown ways to create compelling stories that millennials will share. They will learn how to measure and enhance the reach and effectiveness of their Christ-centered messages.

The degree embraces the common ground between theological and communication undergraduate education, developing a knowledge base that synthesizes new media technologies with foundational theological perspectives.

Specific career options include:

  • Church communication specialist.
  • Media communication professional.
  • Information technology personnel.
  • Independent ministries creative content designers and consultants.

Students must exhibit core technical skills and illustrate knowledge of basic theory for both the core curriculum and their concentration in order to be a candidate to graduate.  Students may demonstrate competencies in concentration courses by submitting a portfolio and/or taking a validation exam.  This option is not available for courses in the core curriculum.  Students will also either write a thesis paper or produce a capstone project.


Application information 

Applicants must meet general admission requirements as outline in the Graduate Bulletin.  A complete application must be submitted by August 15.  A complete application consists of:

  1. The application form
  2. Three professional references
  3. All transcripts for accredited colleges or universities previously attended
  4. A personal statement

Instructions on completing your application >

Once a student is accepted, a $200 non-refundable deposit is due 30 days after notice of acceptance to reserve a place in the program.  This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges when the student enrolls.  Students accepted after May 1 should make this deposit as soon as they receive an acceptance letter.  Accepted students who miss the deposit deadline may lose their place in the program.  The deposit check should be made payable to Walla Walla University and sent to Walla Walla University, Center for Media Ministry, 204 South College Ave, College Place, WA 99324; the student's name and WWU ID number should be included to ensure proper credit.


Questions?

Linda Crumley, Chair
Communications and Languages

Lynelle Ellis 
Director for the Center of Media Ministry
Associate professor, Communications and Languages

Rachel Scribner 
Office Manager
Communications and Languages

Last update on July 24, 2017