Earn Your Master's in Christian Ministry

Whether you are a lay leader, staff pastor, bi-vocational minister, or serving in a nonprofit or parachurch organization, a master of arts in Christian ministry (MACM) will help you think critically about your faith and practice. You’ll deepen your biblical and theological foundation and develop your own model for ministry through classroom discussion, practical application, and ongoing discernment within the community. An MACM may allow you to move into more formal ministry positions, begin a ministry licensure process, and grow in your skills, knowledge, and faith.


Why North Park?

North Park Theological Seminary is a community that welcomes many Christian perspectives and practices. The MACM is intended for individuals who are actively serving, and you may be in classes with individuals representing non-denominational urban congregations, faith-based nonprofits, and Evangelical Covenant Church congregations. No matter your affiliation or call, your coursework in the MACM program will be enriched by many voices and experiences, including world-class faculty scholars. North Park’s program can be tailored for students of all ages and vocations, and is committed to developing missionally competent leaders.

Course Areas

This 36-hour degree includes courses in Old and New Testament, history, theology, spiritual formation, ministry, and Christian education and formation, with elective courses that fit your own educational goals and ministry context. This program can be completed with two years of full time study or three years of distance or part-time study.

Community Life

A true Seminary education goes far beyond the classroom. North Park Theological Seminary offers numerous opportunities, including on-campus housing, community events, and worship services, all within the world-class city of Chicago.

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Alumni Profile: Curtis Ivanoff

Curtis Ivanoff S’08 found rich community and a deepening of his faith and understanding of God’s work in the world through his MACM program at North Park. He’s taken this training back to his home in Alaska, where he now serves as the Superintendent for the Alaska Conference of the ECC.

Read more about Curtis’s experience.

Curtis Ivanoff
Meet the Faculty: Timothy Johnson

Dr. Timothy Johnson appreciates being able to help students develop clarity of discernment. "We will tailor your Field Education in a way that fits you and what your passion is, and what you aspire to do," he says.

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Timothy Johnson
Vocational Development

From the moment you enter Seminary, you will be immersed in a community that places vocational development front and center alongside academic preparation. You will be enriched through identity and spiritual formation coursework, psychological testing, and opportunities to explore ministry and self-care habits.

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Dual-Degree Options

If you are serving in a nonprofit or parachurch ministry, North Park’s dual-degree options with the master of arts in Christian ministry may be a great avenue for developing the skills you need. In one 60-hour program you can complete the MACM and a business or nonprofit master’s degree. Learn more.