Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

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

Dr. Melinda Thompson
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Director of Distance Education

PhD, Luther Seminary, 2005

Learn More

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.

Degree Details


Spiritual Formation

Ministerial Leadership

Ministry and Bible

Student and Family Ministry

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years

Credit hours: 48

Current tuition per credit hour: $676

Example Coursework

Biblical Exegesis

History of Christianity

Systematic Theology

Foundations of the Theology of Ministry


Graduate School of Theology

Application Deadlines

Summer & Spring: Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs ( or 325-674-2656)

Fall: August 10