M.A. in Youth Ministry


Powerful. Flexible. Practical.

The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM) program prepares men and women for the specialized field of youth and family ministry, and offers several features that make APU’s youth ministry degree unique.

Powerful: A Transformational Journey

  • Study under some of the nation’s most knowledgeable and experienced youth and family ministry leaders, including Jim Burns, Doug Fields, Duffy Robbins, Marv Penner, Megan Hutchinson, Walt Mueller, and Mark DeVries.
  • Embody and model a holy life that is being formed in faith, reflective of a Wesleyan heritage.
  • Study Scripture historically and critically, emphasizing an inductive approach in its interpretation.


Flexible: Formats to Fit Your Lifestyle

  • Choose from (1) online courses with one-week summer intensives, or (2) a traditional classroom setting.
  • Comprises 48 units of biblical, theological, and youth ministry studies, including field education.


Practical: Putting Your Experience to Work

  • Integrate personal and vocational development through disciplined reflection on ministerial, personal, and academic experiences to enhance learning and advance professionally.
  • Practice Christian faith with global awareness and cultural sensitivity.

Learn more about the program

  • About HomeWord

    HomeWord helps families succeed by creating Biblical resources that build strong marriages, confident parents, empowered kids and healthy leaders. Founded by Jim Burns, HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches. Learn More »

  • Support Our Mission

    HomeWord is non-profit, donor supported ministry. If you would like to partner with HomeWord in our effort to help more parents and families you can make a donation. Your investment will allow us to expand this ministry by offering more resources to families and churches in need.

  • Contact Information

    • HomeWord
      PO Box 1600
      San Juan Capistrano, CA

    • Send us an email

    • 800-397-9725
      (M-F: 8:30am-5pm PST)