Earn Your MACF and MBA or MNA

A dual-degree in Christian formation (MACF) and business administration (MBA) or nonprofit administration (MNA) will prepare you for both the spiritual and practical aspects of full-time ministry. Whether you serve as a youth pastor, camp director, or staff member at a faith-based nonprofit, positions focused on formation ministries often require leaders who can navigate administrative tasks, monitor a budget, and motivate volunteers. The MACF dual-degree programs will prepare you to to integrate these practical tasks with your leadership of ministries that can transform individuals and communities through the work of God.


Why North Park?

North Park Theological Seminary’s partnership with the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers a dual-degree program that will help you think critically about faith in leadership. You’ll be equipped to serve in formation ministries through focused, topical coursework and biblical and theological preparation. By choosing either an MBA or MNA, you’ll also gain specific skills in business and nonprofit practice from a program with a track record of training innovative leaders for the challenges of 21st-century organizations. Taught by world-class faculty scholars and real-world business and nonprofit practitioners, you’ll graduate prepared to live into your call as a minister serving with compassion and confidence.

Study In-Person and Online

An MACF plus an MBA or MNA can be completed in three years of full-time study and internships, although many of our students choose to complete the program over a longer period of time through a combination of in-person, online, and intensive hybrid courses.

Course Areas

These 69-hour dual-master’s degrees may include courses in the Bible, history, theology, ministry, and formation, as well as nonprofit management, leadership, ethics, and strategic decision making, depending on your chosen business or nonprofit degree.

Alumni Profile: Jared Baker

Full-time missionary Jared Baker S’08 G’08 uses the skills he learned from both his MACF and MBA coursework as he serves the church and continues to progress in his vocation. He sees both disciplines as important to sustainable ministry, and asserts that part of his pastoral role is to bridge the gap between the “ministry” and “business” sides of congregations.

Read more about Jared’s experience.

Jared and Hannah Baker
Vocational Development

The Seminary is a community that places vocational development front and center alongside academic preparation. Spiritual formation coursework, psychological and biblical testing, and specific attention paid to sustainable ministry habits are all crucial elements of your development as a minister. As the only seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park Theological Seminary is also uniquely equipped to walk alongside you as you complete your education and move into ministry and the credentialing process of the ECC.

Explore our vocational development opportunities.

Field Education

As a companion to your academic work at the Seminary, you’ll complete seven credits of Field Education in the MACF dual-degree program. This will include both cultural competency and theological reflection experiences, as well as supervised practical training in an internship.

Learn more about Field Education.

Where Our
Alumni Serve
  • Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center, Estes Park, Colo.
  • University Ministries at North Park University, Chicago
  • Stockton Covenant Church, Stockton, Calif.
  • Norquay Covenant Church, Saskatchewan, Canada
Meet the Faculty: Stephen Chester

Dr. Stephen Chester tells his new students that they should come prepared to be changed. "Be ready to study, but also to explore your calling and to be stretched in actual ministry contexts," he says.

Read more about Dr. Chester and the Seminary faculty.

Stephen Chester
Community Life

North Park Theological Seminary’s educational programs are enhanced by our community life beyond the classroom. Opportunities that include on-campus housing, community events, and worship, and serving in Chicago will help you build relationships with faculty and other students that will stay with you throughout your years of ministry.

Explore what happens outside of the classroom.

Tuition and
Financial Aid

North Park offers these dual-degree programs at one tuition rate, with minimal additional fees. The Seminary also offers a range of scholarship, grant, and loan options to help you finance your graduate education.

Learn more about tuition and scholarships.