For additional information, Urban Ministry Graduate Catalog


Individuals interested in pursuing graduate study in Urban Ministry at Martin University must have earned a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited program of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  In certain circumstances, however, a lower GPA may be acceptable with provisional acceptance. The Urban Ministry Studies program is committed to insuring all candidates have a meaningful, enriching and fulfilling degree experience. Individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds and disciplines are accepted.
The following list details the specific admissions requirements for entry into the Urban Ministry Studies program:
  1. Applicants must first complete the general admissions process for entry into University with the Office of Admissions. This includes completing the initial application form, paying an application fee, having all prior college transcripts forwarded to Martin University.
  2. Applicants must arrange for three typed letters of recommendation to be sent independently to the school from individuals who know them well and can comment with clear and objective insight upon the applicant's ability to successfully complete graduate level work.
  3. Applicants must type and submit a five-hundred (500) word essay that addresses
    • why they wish to pursue a graduate program in Urban Ministry at Martin University,
    • what experiences have influenced them most in their personal and spiritual development,
    • why those experiences have been influential
    • A clearly, enumerated list of the personal and professional goals.
When the applicant's packet of application materials is complete, the Office of Admissions will forward the completed packet to the Chairperson for the Department of Humanities and Professional Studies. The Department Chair will review the application and forward it to the Religious Studies Faculty Selection Committee for review. A decision will be made regarding acceptance into the Graduate Urban Ministry Program following this review process. Some applicants may be contacted for a formal interview with the Chair and/or members of the Selection Committee before a decision is made. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance status soon after a decision is made. Applicants should expect to receive this notification within two weeks of the completion of their application packet.
A notification of Full Acceptance indicates the applicant has met all criteria to be admitted as a graduate student in the Urban Ministry Studies program. The new student will be assigned a graduate faculty mentor whose job will be to advise the student regarding degree planning and course selection. Once the student has met with his or her mentor, the student may enroll in graduate courses.
Notification of Provisional Acceptance indicates the applicant is deficient in some of the criteria required for full acceptance into the Urban Ministry Studies graduate program. In cases of provisional acceptance, the student may enroll in classes as a graduate student and expect conversion to full acceptance status only when the noted areas of deficiency are corrected. In such cases, students are allowed to take graduate level courses. However, the student's performance in these courses does not apply to requirements for the graduate degree unless  until, the student achieves full- acceptance into the graduate program.
Provisional acceptance must be changed to full acceptance within two (2) full-term semesters (i.e., Fall and Spring) of enrollment at Martin University or the student must start the application process again.
Finally, notification of Non-Acceptance status indicates the selection committee members do not believe the applicant meets the criteria necessary to successfully complete the graduate program in Community Psychology.
University Urban Ministry Studies program in any semester and complete the basic forty-eight (48) hour program detailed below. More specifically, the Urban Ministry Studies program has outlined several learning outcomes students are expected to demonstrate upon completion of the program. These learning outcomes are as follows:
  1. Students will demonstrate active growth in personal faith, maturity, integrity and public witness.
  2. Students will demonstrate active growth as researchers, writers and as leaders in urban ministry.
  3. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of the Christian tradition and, indeed, other major religious traditions.
  4. Students will demonstrate the capacity for critical and constructive reflection, especially biblical and theological reflection, regarding the challenge, content and process of urban ministry.
  5. Students will demonstrate an increased knowledge and understanding of the context of urban ministry as well as the various disciplines that undergird it.
  6. Students will demonstrate an increased knowledge and understanding of how to do ministry as well as how to train leaders in urban ministry.
  7. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of-and skill in-the design, implementation, and assessment of urban ministry as a Christian leader.