Welcome to the Master of Ministry admission process. We hope these web pages will provide you with the information you need, but feel free to call our office at 501-279-4252 or email us if you have any questions. You may find it helpful to print this page as a checklist. At the bottom of the page, you will be directed to the online application form.
Admission will be determined based on the following guidelines:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate studies. Admission under probation may be allowed with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA. Probation is removed when one has complete 12 semester hours of graduate work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Completed a minimum of eight courses (16 hours minimum) in undergraduate Bible courses from an accredited institution of which a minimum of four courses (8 hours minimum) are in the Bible text.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum Bible requirements can satisfy the required 16 hours of course work in the following ways:
- Up to six hours of undergraduate Bible credit may be satisfied by competency exam (email the MMIN office for further information)
- Undergraduate Bible courses are offered through Harding's Church and Family Institute (email Mr. Tim Westbrook).
- Undergraduate courses may be completed at any accredited institution of higher learning.
Please note: Students who do not have a Bible hermeneutics course on their undergraduate transcript are required to take BDOC 252, Principles of Bible Interpretation, as part of their leveling requirements. Once a student is within four hours of completing all leveling requirements, probationary admission to the Master of Ministry can be granted and the student may take the remaining undergraduate requirements concurrent with graduate courses. All leveling requirements must be satisfied before 12 hours of graduate studies are completed. Full admission is granted when 16 hours of leveling have been satisfied with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Leveling courses do not count toward the 36 hour master's degree.
Up to six hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution of higher education may be accepted upon review of applicability and/or equivalency and applied toward the Master of Ministry.
The application deadline for fall admission is Aug. 1, for spring admission -- January 1, and for summer admission -- May 1. Applicants are urged to apply as early as possible to ensure entrance into the program.
- Reference forms - Please print and send the reference pdf to two individuals (other than relatives) who are familiar with your ability to serve in the church along with a stamped, addressed envelope to the address below.
- Essay - Submit a goals statement of at least 500 words in which you explain why you wish to pursue the Master of Ministry degree and how you hope to use the knowledge and skills gained through the program in future ministry.
- Agreement with a local church - Provide a church agreement (pdf) to the local congregation you wish to serve as your church “laboratory.” Fill out the portion that is pertinent to you and provide the church with a stamped, addressed envelope. For a list of local churches willing to participate with volunteer workers please email the Master of Ministry office.
- Transcripts - An official copy of your transcript(s) from every school listed must be on file at Harding University before the application process can be completed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the transcripts are sent to Harding.
- Fee - Mail a $25 application fee made payable to Harding University.
- Scholarship Form (Optional) - A tuition scholarship of 40% is available to full-time ministers of churches of Christ and to full-time students who work at least 10 hours per week with a local congregation of churches of Christ. Use the scholarship application pdf to apply.
Mail all of the above documents to:
Dr. Bill Richardson
Harding University College of Bible and Religion
Searcy, Arkansas 72149
or Fax: 501-279-4281