CYMT residents earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree from our seminary partner, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Austin, TX). The courses rotate each year allowing a student to complete the degree over six semesters (three years) in the program.
CYMT and our seminary partner have developed an ‘intensive-based’ model that provides the best education and training available by allowing students to take classes through intensive retreats while working in local congregations and ministries. The program calls for four intensives each semester, where one youth ministry course and one core seminary course will be completed.
Between intensives, graduate residents meet in regionally-based discussion groups to process the course material. They meet for two hours every week except during weeks when there is an intensive. Discussion groups bridge the conversation and learning from one intensive to the next.
The MAYM requires 18 hours of core seminary course work, 6 hours of practicum, and 12 hours of advanced youth ministry course work. The MAYM requirements can meet ordination requirements for a deacon in the United Methodist Church.
The CYMT curriculum is specifically designed to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. Each student will develop his or her own “practical ecclesiology” by doing ministry out of an intentional community and learning the skills to prevent the isolation that can occur in long-term youth ministry.
The CYMT curriculum will combine intensive traditional classroom learning, peer learning, one-on-one coaching, and action/reflection processes that integrate students’ academic growth with the real-life situations of the churches they serve.
Bible content and interpretation, basic systematic theology, and processes for thinking theologically about youth ministry
Understanding youth ministry, strategies for sustainable youth ministry
Leadership and spiritual development
Below are the current dates for upcoming intensives. CYMT Residents are placed in either our Texas Region or our Southeast Region during their 3-year residency. In the below list, “Your Region” is used for student’s to know if that particular intensive will take place in their home region, or if it will take place on the campus of our partner seminary, Austin Seminary.
July 20-21 New Resident Orientation (Your Region)
August 6-8 in Your Region (Elective Course)
September 14-18 in Austin at APTS (Core & YM Course)
October 15-17 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
December 3-5 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
January 21-23 in Your Region (Elective Course)
February 8-12 in Austin at APTS (Core & YM Course)
March 25-27 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
May 6-8 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
August 4-6 in Your Region (Elective Course)
September 13-17 in Austin at APTS (Core & YM Course)
October 14-16 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
December 2-4 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
January 19-22 in Your Region (Elective Course)
February 7-11 in Austin at APTS (Core & YM Course)
March 24-26 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)
May 5-7 in Your Region (Core & YM Course)