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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.

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.

Program Overview

Credit hours 48
Degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) 
Program length 2 years
Tracks 4


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

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

Justin Whiteley

Justin Whiteley ('16) | M.A. in Christian Ministry

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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 approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • A writing sample following these guidelines.

See full ACU online graduate admission requirements here

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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.