Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

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.

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.

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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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Advance your leadership skills

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.

Program Structure

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Tracks

Ministry and Bible
Student and Family Ministry
Spiritual Formation
Ministerial Leadership

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years
Credit hours: 48
2021/2022 tuition per credit hour: $731

Example Coursework 

Biblical Exegesis
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology
Foundations of the Theology of Ministry

Department

Graduate School of Theology

Application Deadlines

Summer & Spring: Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs (gradinfo@acu.edu or 325-674-2656)
Fall: August 10

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

Dr. Melinda Thompson

Dr. Melinda Thompson
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Director of Distance Education
PhD, Luther Seminary, 2005
melinda.thompson@acu.edu

  • 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 purpose statement following these guidelines;
  • GST Writing Assessment (a brief evaluation of academic writing skills).

Download the Christian Ministry Program Brochure for more information about the program format, degree plan, accreditation and distinctives that set ACU’s program apart.