Church Administration

The MSA program is designed for administrators, directors, and managers who may not have an undergraduate business background but desire graduate education to assist them as they transition into management positions in their field. In recognition of this need AIIAS offers the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) with emphases in Church Administration and Management Studies. The program is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).

Admission Requirements

  1. Hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 point scale).
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency.


  1. Three years of full-time work experience.
  2. Twelve (12) credits of religion are required, with at least one course in each of the following three areas: Adventist Beliefs, Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy, and Biblical Studies.


  1. Complete 38 credits of course work as identified in the MSA curriculum below.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  3. Complete the service learning requirements.
  4. Demonstrate the acquisition of the Professional Competencies by building and presenting an e-portfolio.



The curriculum of the MSA degree is made up of 38 semester hours of coursework as explained below. To be awarded the degree the student must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:

Program Structure Credits
Core 20
Elective from business or emphasis 6
Emphasis 9
Project 3
Total 38


Core Courses Credits
Complete the following seven courses:  
BUAD 615 Marketing Management 3
BUAD 691 Strategic Management 3
BUIT 660 Management Information Systems 3
EDAD 640 Institutional Finance 3
LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics 3
RESM 520 Academic Writing 2
One of the following:  
MGMT 610 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 612 Human Resource Management 3
Total Credits 20


Electives Credits
Elective from Business 3
Elective from Business/Area of Emphasis 3
Total Credits 6


Church Administration Emphasis Credits
Complete three courses from the following:  
LEAD 630 Church Leadership and Administration 3
Electives from CHMN or LEAD 3
Electives from CHMN or LEAD 3
Total Credits 9


Project Credits
BUAD 694 Master’s Project  3


Total Semester Hours 38


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