Calvary University’s Graduate School offers three graduate degrees: Master of Science in Organizational Development (36 Hrs.), Master of Science in Education (36 Hrs.), and the Master of Science in Worship Arts (33 Hrs.). See below for degree overviews and planners.
“In every class, students are taught to develop and expected to apply the truth of Scripture in their coursework as well as their daily lives and ministries.” –Dr. Eric Stricker
Master of Science in Organizational Development – 36 Credit Hours
The M.S. in Organizational Development is designed for both pastors and professionals who seek the desire to develop administrative and management skills necessary for effective leadership. While pastors may receive adequate theological training, they are often unprepared for the responsibilities of managing the small organization known as the church. Those involved in independent business also find themselves responsible for managing calendars, committees, volunteers, and budgets. This program will enable leaders to improve their organization through thinking like a consultant.
The Organizational Degree program offers flexible course schedules in order to accommodate busy professionals. Classes are available in evening or modular formats, allowing students to balance life, work, ministry, and education.
This graduate course of study prepares the student to collaborate with organizational leaders to strategize a system-wide application of knowledge to the planned development and reinforcement of organizational strategies, structures, and processes for improving an organization’s effectiveness according to a biblical worldview. Viewing the organization as a complex system of systems each having distinctive attributes and degrees of alignment, Organizational Development intervenes in these systems with inclusive methodologies and approaches to strategic planning, organization design, leadership development, change management, performance management, coaching, diversity, and work/life balance.
Master of Science in Education (MSEd) – 36 Credit Hours
Teaching professionally requires the practical knowledge of a subject and the ability to communicate that subject in ways that students can understand. The constant changes in education and the development of new teaching methods and technologies require professionals who are dedicated to take an active interest in their own personal learning, intellectual growth, and professional development.
The Master of Science in Education degree (MSEd) is a graduate degree that offers various areas of concentration for those who desire to advance further in the field of education. Classroom teachers will find this degree especially attractive. In addition, the MSEd degree is an academic degree that encourages an educator’s development and intellectual enrichment. Moreover, the MSEd degree is a specialized degree that facilitates licensure renewal, faculty promotion, and salary increases. Finally, the MSEd degree is a professional degree that prepares an educator for doctoral studies.
Areas of Concentration
Calvary offers the MSEd degree with concentrations in Christian Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education, and Administration and School Leadership. In the future, other specialties may be added, including Adult Education, English as a Second Language, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Reading and Literacy, and/or Special Education.
For each candidate, the MSEd program objectives include the following:
- To enhance the student’s professional ability, knowledge base, and skill level for effective school leadership and professional development.
- To foster an attitude of continuous improvement and to enrich the quality of classroom instruction.
- To promote the integration and application of the best educational practices, instructional theories, and research methods.
- To develop the professional skills necessary for making informed decisions and taking appropriate actions based on study, examination, reflective analysis, and the utilization of pertinent data.
- Guidelines for Admission to the Program
All students seeking admission to the M.S.Ed. program must be admitted to Calvary according to the following requirements:
- Request official admission status to the seminary and to the M.S.Ed. program (see current catalog for more information). Complete and file the appropriate application for admission to the graduate program.
- Submit all official transcript(s) and any relevant test scores.
- Other special admissions requirements may include the following:
a. Demonstrate a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 for the last sixty (60) credit hours of academic work completed.
b. Possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 with no grade below a C or below passing on a state approved and administered content area exam.
The Christian Education track is designed for those who desire to serve in intermediate and advanced educational ministries, churches, missions, private Christian schools, and other areas of Christian leadership which do not require public school certification or licensure. This concentration focuses on a variety of graduate-level education and Bible courses taught by seminary faculty.
Master of Science in Music (Worship Arts) – 34 Credit Hours
This program addresses the needs of the 21st century church by offering the appropriate classes and experiences that will prepare the individual for a vocational worship arts or music ministry. Our focus on understanding the various expressions of worship reinforces the flexibility and empathy that we train into our students so that they can serve within this growing diversity of worship expression.
The typical 21st century church has need of highly trained individuals who can manage a worship arts ministry while utilizing extensive human and technological resources for the worship of God, training of volunteers, and dissemination of the Gospel. Such leaders are expected to understand and manage an audio/visual staff, be sympathetic to varying forms of artistic expression (music, drama, art, and movement), be able to produce dynamic church services, be well versed in the ever-changing tastes of popular music, understand the needs of older church members, and be familiar with a rapidly shifting landscape of technology.
As a master’s degree, the program includes advanced theology and related ministry courses matched by the Department Chair to the unique professional course structure for Worship Arts. Within the professional area, students will be exposed to advanced information and skills necessary to organize and lead music, manage technical systems and requirements, and be able to integrate worship services at large churches. In addition, our highly qualified faculty has established a high standard of musical excellence for students so that they may pursue a number of different paths after graduating including doctoral work and teaching at institutions of higher learning.
The student will develop the necessary skills to manage a successful worship arts ministry for the local church.
- The student will acquire competency in musicianship, leadership, conducting, service production, music technology, and performing.
- The student will evaluate multiple worship arts resources and apply the best choices as dictated by individual circumstances.
- The student will develop a personal philosophy of music that is biblical and God-centered.
- The student will apply a diverse set of skills to create an engaging and purposeful worship service.