Seminary Academics

MACF and MNA Program Requirements

North Park Theological Seminary’s master of arts in Christian formation/master of nonprofit administration dual degree is designed to equip men and women for positions related to Christian formation in congregations or business and nonprofit settings in an increasingly globalized world. It may lead to Ordination to Word and Service in the Evangelical Covenant Church or other denominations. View the full list of degree outcomes in the Seminary catalog.

Degree Requirements

69 academic hours
7 field education hours

Co-Curricular Requirements

Psychological testing
Mid-Program Review
Financial Health Counseling

This degree can be completed in three years, although students may choose to extend the program based on their family needs and community involvement.

Full-time Sequence

Part-time/distance Sequence

Please note: 17 credit hours are required in residence at the main campus.

Bible, 12 credit hours

  • New Testament I: The Texts and Their World
  • New Testament II: The Texts and Their Theology
  • Old Testament I: Pentateuch and Interpretation
  • Old Testament II: Prophets and Preaching Legacy


  • Old Testament III: Wisdom and Israel’s Praise

History, 3 credit hours

  • Christian History I: The Early Church to the Early Reformation (1-16c)

Theology, 3 credit hours

  • ¬†Christian Theology

Spiritual Formation, 3 credit hours

The spiritual formation sequence seeks to integrate the ongoing spiritual and academic dimensions of the seminary experience in order to facilitate conscious growth in personal and corporate spiritual life.

  • Journey: The Story of Our Lives
  • Intercultural Spirituality: The Road Together
  • Elective

Foundations in Christian Ministry, 9 credit hours

  • Christian Education and Formation in the Church
  • Ministry Identity and Practice
  • Christian Worship

Formation and Ministry Electives, 6 credit hours

  • Cultural Diversity Elective
  • General CEDF/MNST elective

Denominational Elective, 3 credit hours

Students seeking ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church should take History and Theology of the Covenant Church to fill this elective.

Nonprofit Administration, 26 credit hours

  • Organizational Behavior and Ethics
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Nonprofit Financial Decision Making
  • Nonprofit Marketing Analysis and Consumer Behavior
  • Multi-Sector Convergence and Social Responsibility
  • Nonprofit Management: Theory and Application
  • Nonprofit Board Governance and Volunteer Management
  • Nonprofit Law, Policy, and Government Relations
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Annual Gift Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Measuring Outcomes and Assessment
  • Nonprofit Strategic Management and Management Capstone

Dual-Degree Integrative Courses, 4 credit hours

  • The Life of the Leader: Making an Impact
  • Leading the Transformational Organization: Generating Mission Movements

Field Education, 7 credits

You are required to complete 7 Field Education credits in addition to the 69 academic credit hours required for your degree:

Graduation Requirements

The master of arts in Christian formation and master of business administration degree is awarded to students meeting the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a psychological evaluation; successful completion of the Mid-Program Review evaluation.
  2. The completion of 69 semester hours of academic course work, plus 7 field education credit hours.
  3. A grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained. No grade under C- shall be counted toward the degree.
  4. Exemplification of a quality of life and commitment suitable for ministry.
  5. No outstanding incomplete grades later than week seven of the term in which they plan to graduate.
  6. Complete payment of all accounts and fees to the Seminary.
  7. Completion of the degree within seven years from the time of matriculation.

More information on these requirements is available in the North Park Theological Seminary catalog.