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Calvary University’s Graduate School offers three graduate degrees:

Click on the links to see degree overviews and planners below.

Master of Science in Organization Development – 44 Credit Hours

The M.S. in Organization 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 administrative responsibilities of managing a small organization such as a 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 by thinking like a consultant.

The Organization 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, Organization 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.


  • The student will exemplify and translate the mission of Calvary University into an active practice of the principles of biblical truth, professionalism, and a commitment to leadership development in all work and ministry opportunities.
  • The student will exhibit professional skills of assessment, problem solving, and implementation through critical thought and synthesis from a biblical and historical perspective.
  • The student will identify, explain, distinguish, and respond to organization issues from a variety of contexts in the church and in the workplace from a biblical perspective.
  • The student will recognize, vindicate, and affect the necessary change through biblical perspective and professional skill to improve the effectiveness of teams and organizations.
  • The student will describe distinctions of biblical leadership from other systems and continually develop a leadership plan that implements those differences.

Master of Science in Organization Development – 44 Credit Hours

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Master of Science in Education (MSEd) – 36 Credit Hours

Teaching and leading 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, 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.


  • The Graduate Education Department will train graduate students to apply biblical truth, excellence, intellectual honesty, objectivity, professionalism, and scholarship to life-long learning and ministry.
  • The Graduate Education Department will instruct graduate students to develop, integrate, and demonstrate critical thought, constructive discussion, and synthetic written communication in their personal and professional interactions with contemporary educational issues and trends.
  • The Graduate Education Department will equip graduate students with the understanding and ability to assess the role, significance, and general importance of school leadership in service to the church and to private, Christian, and public schools.
  • The Graduate Education Department will teach graduate students to discern, apply, and utilize current and advanced information about the existence, impact, and nature of the biblical, foundational, historical, and philosophical decision-making process in education.
  • The Graduate Education Department will inform graduate students about the challenges, expectations, and standards of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.

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 graduate school 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 provides a balance of graduate level Bible and Education classes. 


Master of Science in Worship Arts (Music) – 33 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Approach
This program addresses the needs of the twenty-first 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.

Ministry Focus
The typical twenty-first 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.

Professional Foundation
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.


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