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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is a 45-credit professional studies degree. It equips ministers to become life-long learners and to develop models of personal and professional growth.

Those with limited experience in ministry leadership are encouraged to take at least one practicum as part of their electives. For additional information on how this program leads to a doctoral degree, see the doctoral studies section of this catalog.

Degree Components and Requirements

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries can be completed by any student regardless of the field of their undergraduate degree. Applicants with a strong undergraduate program in religion may petition for Advanced Standing in the program, which could allow them to complete the program with 36 credits or approximately three semesters of study. See MACM Advanced Standing.

For courses successfully completed as an undergraduate, a student may substitute an advanced course. See the Master of Divinity ( MDiv) degree for examples.

A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning. The general requirements for graduation apply as well.

Bible/Theology Core (9 credits)*
BNT 530 New Testament Introduction or BNT Book Study 3
BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction or BOT Book Study 3
THE Elective   3
Foundations Core (15 credits)
BIB 532 Hermeneutics 3
BTH/MHT 510 Mission of God in Biblical & Contemporary Contexts 3
HOM 529 Communicating the Message 11 3
PTH 556 Field Education Research Project2 3
RES 531 Theological Research & Writing 3
Ministry Core (12 credits)
PTH 558 Journey toward Personal Wholeness 3
PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister 3
PTH 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministry 3
PTH 653 Leading Christian Ministries 3
Practical Theology Electives (9 credits)3

* Advanced standing for these three courses in the Bible/Theology Core—9 credits total.
1 1 If an equivalent course was taken in the participant’s undergraduate program, an advanced homiletics course may be substituted. 2 See Field Education Research Manual.
3 If seeking ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God, HIS 532 required if not taken at the undergraduate level.

MACM Advanced Standing

Students who have earned a significant number of credits in religious studies from approved colleges and universities may request exemption from certain required courses in the MACM degree program (see the Bible/Theology Core above), thus granting them Advanced Standing. Life experience does not qualify for Advanced Standing. (See Registrar for further details.)

The following rules apply to MACM Advanced Standing:

  1. Advanced Standing cannot exceed nine credits.
  2. Advanced Standing is considered for undergraduate courses with satisfactory parallel content, provided the equivalent collegiate courses are double the credit value of the seminary’s courses. A minimum grade of B is required and the student must be able to demonstrate competency in subject matter by presentation of an Advanced Standing Portfolio for each course for which advanced standing is desired. A fee of $50 per course will be charged for each portfolio that is evaluated, regardless of whether or not the advanced standing is granted.
  3. Advanced Standing must be requested prior to enrollment but no later than the end of the student’s first semester of study at AGTS. Requests should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. Partial course advanced standing will not be granted.
  5. If the student later takes a course where advanced standing has been granted, the advanced standing would be nullified.
  6. In an area where a student demonstrates competency but the criteria preclude Advanced Standing, a substitute course may be allowed if approved by the faculty adviser and the Dean.
  7. All AGTS master students must complete their degree programs within a 10-year time limit, which includes any undergraduate courses used for Advanced Standing and any graduate courses transferred in from other schools. See the AGTS Registrar’s Office for more information.

Five-Year Accelerated BA/MACM Program

AGTS has an expedited MACM program in conjunction with Evangel University. Students earn a BA/BS at Evangel University in four years, and finish the MACM degree in one more year (27 credits, 9 each fall, spring, and summer semesters), based on a combination of 9 dual-credits and 9 additional credits granted on the basis of advanced standing at AGTS. For more information about this accelerated program, please contact Dr. Mike Jaffe at (417) 268-1000.

Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:14 PM

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