Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

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.


36 academic hours
3 field education hours
Full program requirements

Co-Curricular Requirements

Psychological testing
Mid-Program Review
Financial Health Counseling

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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Community Life

At North Park Theological Seminary, our community extends beyond the classroom to support you and provide formational learning opportunities on campus and across Chicago. Our on-campus housing options, community events, and worship services will help you connect with your faculty, peers, and neighborhood.


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.

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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.

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. 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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Dual-Degree Options

If you are serving in a nonprofit or para-church ministry, North Park’s dual-degree options with the MA 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 Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Administration.