Christian Theological Seminary is introducing a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree. The two-year degree program will commence with the Fall 2017 semester, and is designed to help individuals develop as church and community leaders.
With a foundation inspired by the reimagined CTS Master of Divinity degree, the MACM is an ideal degree choice for individuals interested in theological study at the seminary level and those who want to develop and expand their leadership in the church and community. The MACM degree allows students to integrate theological reflection and Christian practices with their personal and professional callings.
Completion of 48 hours of required and elective courses, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Students enrolled in a full-time program can complete the MACM degree in two years, while part-time students should complete the degree in four years.
The format of the MACM degree program includes 15 hours of “Gateway” courses that focus on theological education and spiritual formation; interpreting the Bible; interpreting Christian tradition, the practice of theological reflection and the practice of entrepreneurial leadership. Students are also required to complete 15 hours of “The Practices” courses focused on the five pillars of the reimagined MDiv: INSPIRE, LEAD, SERVE, LOVE, and LIVE. A three-hour supervised/integrative ministry project, including a cohort experience, is required. Finally, students can craft the remaining 15 required hours by selecting courses designated under “The Practices”, from other course offerings or from independent study options. Individuals interested in serving within a specialized area of ministry are encouraged to work with their advisor to develop a ministry focus.
- The MACM degree is flexible and provides students with an opportunity to craft a curriculum and schedule aligned with their goals and objectives.
- The heart of the MACM degree is the CTS faculty who share a passion for challenging students to live out their ministry whether in the congregational, civic, professional or local community.
- Intentional diversity is a hallmark of the CTS experience. Students, faculty and staff represent a wide variety of denominations, races, cultures, ethnicities and theological perspectives.
- The MACM degree allows individuals to integrate theological wisdom and apply it across a breadth of professional disciplines.