Master’s Degrees at Johnson

February 22, 2022

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Johnson University offers a range of master’s degrees. Some are on-ground at our Tennessee campus, some are hybrid, and some are 100% online degrees. Whether you want to prepare for a new career or go deeper into your field, we have degree options that can help you get ready for what’s next.

On-Campus Master’s Degrees


Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching introduces students who completed a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education to the fundamentals of teaching in the elementary or secondary school. Even if you didn’t major in education as an undergrad, you can still be an elementary, junior high, or high school teacher!

Students receive instruction in lesson preparation and presentation, classroom management, integration of a biblical worldview and application of biblical knowledge to the teaching profession, the development and implementation of curriculum, and current trends in education. They apply these skills during a long-term student teaching experience under the mentorship of expert teachers. Successful completion of the program leads to licensure from the Tennessee State Board of Education; certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI); and a Master of Arts degree from Johnson University.

Students may choose from the following licensure options:
Kindergarten-5th grade
6th-12th grade (Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, Government, History, Mathematics, or Physics)
6th-12th grade (Business)
K-12 Physical Education
PreK-12th grade (World Languages: Chinese, Spanish, Greek, or French)
PreK-12th grade English as a Second Language

Hybrid Master’s Degrees


Master of Arts in Counseling

Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling program experience a unique blend of high-quality theoretical training and clinical experience in a holistic Christian atmosphere. Additionally, the program maintains a student-faculty ratio of less than 12:1, allowing for more direct interaction and engagement between faculty and students. The M.A. in Counseling offers concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Students may also choose to earn both concentrations. Both concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Johnson University offers the MAC in a hybrid format based on its Tennessee campus. This course format incorporates diverse teaching modalities, such as in-class discussion, experiential activities, and online learning. Options allow individuals to complete the program in 2.5-5 years. Typically, courses require students to be on campus in a Class Residency two weekends per term per course.

Practicum and internship courses provide additional flexibility, allowing students to choose on-campus and/or off-campus site placements.

Master of Arts in Educational Technology

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree is designed for licensed teachers who want to further their education and are interested in technology. The degree program also offers an understanding of the roles of hardware and software and their integration within various curricular areas. It also explores ethical and biblical issues involved in the use of technology in education.

Master of Strategic Ministry

Johnson University partners with churches to provide a Master of Strategic Ministry woven into a residency experience. Students complete the 30-credit program while serving on-site with a partner church. The program includes six online classes and ongoing field experience under the guidance of a mentor. This program is provided through Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona and Wellspring Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Students may enter the Master of Strategic Ministry program in August, January, or May. Students serve at least 30 hours a week in a partner church under the guidance of a mentor. This residency schedule allows time for online classes.

Six online classes are designed to integrate with the residency experience. Learning objectives, activities, and projects emphasize hands-on, experiential learning in the ministry context. This curriculum assumes the program will be completed in twelve months, including two online classes per term. A 24-month option is also available if the student and partner church agree to this arrangement. Such students will take one online class per term.

Online Master’s Degrees


Master of Arts in Intercultural Commerce

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Commerce degree prepares students to work successfully in an international setting, adapting business and entrepreneurial concepts and practices to other countries’ financial, sociopolitical, and economic systems. The degree includes an advanced intercultural curriculum and three graduate-level business courses. The program will not only give students the foundational information they need to conduct business in another culture (domestic and foreign), but will also give them the skills to introduce others to Christ in appropriate and contextual ways.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is a fully online degree program that prepares students for many types of cross-cultural ministry, providing them with a solid framework for examining and engaging their ministry context with a broad missiological lens. The degree is intended for students with diverse levels of cross-cultural experience, and emphasizes scholarship and practical experience. Students combine a core of foundational and advanced courses with one of five concentrations: Community Development, Cross-Cultural Engagement, Cross-Cultural Church Planting, Translation, or a Customized concentration. Depending upon their concentration, graduates are prepared for missional, parachurch, development, and marketplace roles in the cross-cultural and local context, and may enter into such mission specialties as church planter, relief and aid worker, or Bible translator.

Master of Arts in New Testament

The online Master of Arts in New Testament includes a 21-credit core curriculum consisting of advanced study of the New Testament. Students also choose a 12-credit concentration in one of four applied areas: Research, Preaching, Spiritual Formation & Leadership, or a Customized Concentration.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Johnson University is designed to develop, enhance, and strengthen YOU with the critical business skills required by today’s employers. These include leadership, quantitative and analytical thinking, strategic thinking, ethical decision-making, and integrity. The average class size is below 15 students, offering a true cohort experience. One hundred percent of the full-time faculty have terminal degrees and are real-world Christian practitioners who can offer expertise on integrating faith with business and work. Choose from concentrations in leadership, management, and nonprofit management.