In the M.Div. program, Wartburg offers the option of a Concentration in Youth, Culture, and Mission (YCM). This concentration serves as academic preparation for service in the church in youth and family ministry. It locates youth and family ministry within the larger context of the cultures of youth and the mission of the Christian gospel. During the course of the M.Div. degree program, a student takes 15 additional hours in courses directly related to the concentration. This concentration can be accomplished within the regular four years of the degree program; however, in order to accomplish this within this time period, students will need to map out a course of study with their advisor during their first semester of study, or plan on adding an additional semester to the length of their program. The M.Div. program requires 123 credit hours to complete. With the concentration added, the total comes to 138 credit hours.
Within the M.Div. program, a student chooses electives identified as pertaining to the concentration. The student may adapt other courses in consultation with the instructor. Required for the concentration is an integrative project (IN 303W) that will earn three credit hours. A research seminar (IN 300W) is available in the fall semester and receives one credit hour. Normally, the January interim of the last year is devoted to three credit hours of independent study for the integrative project. For further information on the Concentration in Youth, Culture, and Mission, please contact the admissions office.