What is the difference between the MA, the MACM, and the MDIV?
Our M.A. tracks equip students who are passionate about exploring deep theological issues and biblical languages. These programs are ideal for persons pursuing academic and doctoral work. They are also ideal for those pursuing academic and doctoral work. Our M.A.s require a thesis in which students will work closely with one of our professors. Due to the nature of our core curriculum, you can add an M.A. onto an M.Div. for just 18 extra credit hours plus thesis hours.
However, the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is the broader all encompassing degree for persons who are interested in the practice of ministry in various forms and future academic work. It prepares students for full time ministry, doctoral work, or for responding thoughtfully to the deep theological issues that are present in our world.
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) is a shorter professional degree for persons who are primarily interested in ministerial preparation. Although it is shorter than the M.Div. it still introduces students to the varied disciplines necessary for effective ministerial leadership in varied contexts.
What is the average GST class size?
Our residential class sizes average 8-10 students. We intentionally keep our class sizes small to ensure our students can have a meaningful dialogue with professors and classmates. We also want to maintain a close-knit community where everyone knows each other and knows who to contact when they are in need.
Do I need to have a theological undergraduate degree to apply?
No, you do not need a theological undergraduate degree to be a part of the GST! Many of our students come into the degree without prior theological study. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree, you are welcome to apply!
Does the GST have any dual master's degree programs?
Yes! We currently work alongside both ACU’s School of Social Work and ACU’s School of Marriage and Family Therapy. You could potentially complete both the MSSW or MMFT and a MA in Christian Ministry in approximately 3 years. We’d love to talk to you about the possibilities of pursuing a theological master’s degree alongside one of these two degrees.
Can I afford a theological education at ACU?
Recognizing that graduate studies can be an intimidating expense, we are dedicated to helping you pursue a degree without a heavy financial burden. We recently reduced our tuition costs to make the financial investment in a ministry degree at ACU comparable to similar programs at other schools.
On average, over 75% of our students receive scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. We award scholarships based on prior academic achievement and financial need. We also offer a number of graduate assistantships for our residential students. Graduate assistants receive a stipend and work alongside our professors helping with various tasks including conducting research, grading and helping teach undergraduate courses.
Our hope is that through a combination of generous scholarships, potentially working as a graduate assistant, and the low cost of living in Abilene, Texas, you will graduate without the stress of unmanageable debt. Also, the flexibility of our online options allows students to stay where they are and keep their current job.
How do I apply to the ACU Graduate School of Theology?
Please click here to begin the application process. Within the application portal you can send recommendation requests, upload documents, and check your admission status.
What types of recommendation letters is the department looking for?
We require two recommendation letters and we would like to see at least one recommendation from a previous professor.
When will I be notified of my admission decision?
With a rolling-admissions process, you will be notified of your admission decision usually within two weeks of submitting your completed application materials.
Can I attend an open house or schedule a campus visit?
What is Abilene like?
Please click here to learn more about Abilene, TX!