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Christian Ministry (MA)

Christian Ministry (MA)

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 online Christian ministry 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 online ministry degree 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? The master’s degree in ministry will help you tackle the leadership challenges and prepare you for life-long service and success.

Apply now or contact us for more information about our Christian ministry degree online programs today.

We understand the cost of graduate school can be overwhelming, which is why ACU offers a variety of financial assistance to qualifying students, including our new ACU Online Achievement Award. Learn more about this new scholarship and other financial aid options here.

Program Overview

Credit hours 48
Degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) 
Program length 2.5 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
Justin Whiteley, ACU Ministry Graduate with his wife and children

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

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What outcomes can you expect from an online graduate degree program for ministers?

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 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. For a comprehensive list of admission requirements for our Master of Ministry degree program, online, please contact a Graduate Advisor.

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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.