Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Earn an MA in Christian Ministry

The MA in Christian Ministry is designed for lay leaders and church staff interested in graduate theological training and is a flexible degree option that will enhance ministry in a variety of settings. It is expected that students are serving in ministry when they apply and continue to serve throughout their degree program. Designed to enhance ministry across a variety of vocations–within and outside the church–this flexible program equips lay leaders and church staff through foundational theological training.

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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.

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.