North Park’s MACM 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. View the full list of degree outcomes in the Seminary catalog.
36 academic hours
3 field education hours
Full program requirements
This degree can be completed in two years, although students may choose to extend the program based on their family needs and community involvement.
Please note: 13 credit hours are required in residence at the main campus.
Bible, 6 credit hours
- Old Testament I: Pentateuch and Interpretation
- New Testament I: The Texts and Their World
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
Ministry, 6 credit hours
- Ministry Identity and Practice
- Leading and Teaching in Ministry
Christian Education and Formation and Ministry Electives, 6 credit hours
Students must take a combination of Christian education and formation (CEDF) and ministry (MNST) courses, with at least one three-credit course from each field.
General Electives, 6 credit hours
Cultural Diversity Elective, 3 Credit hours
Field Education, 3 credits
You are required to complete 3 Field Education credits in addition to the 36 academic credit hours required for your degree:
- 1 credit earned by taking Vocational Excellence
- 1 credit earned by completing the cultural competency module
- 1 credit earned through a theological reflection module
The master of arts in Christian ministry is awarded to students meeting the following requirements:
- Completion of a psychological evaluation; successful completion of the Mid-Program Review evaluation.
- The completion of 36 semester hours of academic course work, plus 3 Field Education credit hours.
- A grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained. No grade under C- shall be counted toward the degree.
- Exemplification of a quality of life and commitment suitable for ministry.
- No outstanding incomplete grades later than week seven of the term in which they plan to graduate.
- Complete payment of all accounts and fees to the Seminary.
- 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.