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Christian Ministry (MA)

Advance your leadership skills.

ACU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a flexible degree program designed to equip you for competent leadership in ministry fields such as youth and family ministry, children’s ministry and education ministry. This M.A. degree is also ideal if you’re looking to deepen your theological knowledge for a career outside ministry, such as in education or social service. With many elective hours, you are able to personalize your degree plan to match your particular ministry passions and interests.

In cooperation with ACU’s School of Social Work and Department of Marriage and Family Studies, the Graduate School of Theology has developed plans whereby students can pursue the MSSW or MMFT degrees concurrently with the MACM.

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

Note: This degree is also available online.

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Download the program brochure for more information about the program format, degree plan, accreditation and distinctives that set ACU’s program apart. See also this information about Graduate School of Theology affordability and scholarships.

Program Overview

Credit hours 48
Tuition per credit hour $656
Degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) 
Program length 2 years
Tracks 4
Application deadline for Spring 2018   December 8, 2017


You will take courses such as:

  • Biblical Exegesis
  • History of Christianity
  • Systematic Theology
  • Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
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  • Student and family ministry
  • Spiritual formation
  • Ministerial leadership
  • Ministry and Bible
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Justin Whiteley ('16) | M.A. in Christian Ministry

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What outcomes can you expect?

History: Graduates will have a basic understanding of the history of the Christian faith

Practice: Graduates will have knowledge and skills related to a particular aspect of ministerial practice

Integration: Graduates will have ability to integrate theological and theoretical concepts with concrete ministry situations

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and application fee;
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • A writing sample following these guidelines.
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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.