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Learn how you can become a student at MTS by requesting information from the Admissions Department.

NIGHT TRACK

Memphis Theological Seminary now offers a Night Track for our master’s degree programs. The program makes it possible for a working adult to obtain their MDiv or MACM while still maintaining their full-time job. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. A full time student may complete the MDiv in 4 years and the MACM may be completed in 3 years. Learn how you can become a student.

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MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

Chaplain Studies Specialization

The specializations for the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree program have been designed in light of the mission of Memphis Theological Seminary and the strengths of the faculty. Students will be assigned a faculty adviser who will guide the student in course selections so that those reflect the specialized ministry in which the student chooses to focus. 

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry offers specializations within different areas.  All specializations share the common core of required courses in Bible, theology, and church history, along with requirements in the areas of the social context for ministry and the practice of ministry.  The latter requirements are shaped with regard to the student’s specialization and include practicum and immersion components. 

The Chaplain Studies specialization allows students who are interested in pursuing the call to ministry as a chaplain to deepen their theological preparation and practical skills for this important ministry that usually occurs outside of the local congregation either in hospitals, other health care facilities, prisons, the military, or the workplace. 

This specialization requires 15 credit hours of courses selected from the list in the Memphis Theological Seminary academic catalog. 

Core Courses

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible 3
Interpreting the New Testament 3
Introduction to Theological Study for Ministry 3
Christian Heritage I 3
Christian Heritage II 3
Total credits in Core Courses 15

Cultural Context

Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism 3

Interfaith and Intercultural Elective (with immersion)

or

Christian Ethics

3
Total credits in Cultural Context 6

Personal and Spiritual Formation

Formation, Spirituality, and Ministry 3
Total credits in Personal and Spiritual Formation 3


Specialization Courses

Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care 3
Chaplaincy as Vocation: Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy 3
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)** 3 or 6 hours*
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective* 3*
Total credits in Specialization Courses 18

 

Chaplain Studies Practicum

Formation and Contextual Ministry 3
Total credits in Chaplain Studies Practicum 3

 

Integrative Seminar 

MACM Integrative Seminar and Practicum Project 3
Total credits in Integrative Seminar and Practicum Project 3

                                                                                                                                           

Total credits: 48

* If three credits of CPE are completed, three additional elective courses (or nine credits) must be selected. If six credits of CPE are completed, two additional elective courses (or six credits) must be selected. These classes may be any class in the area of Pastoral Care, or any of the following (or others approved in advance by the Pastoral Care professor) that focus upon significant themes, practices, and contexts of pastoral care and the ministry of the chaplain:

Death and Dying
Christian Dialogue with World Religions
Jesus, Jails, and Justice
Introduction to Bio-Ethics: A Christian Perspective
The Church’s Call to Radical Hospitality
Faith and Healing in the Christian Tradition

** A CPE unit must be approved by the Professor of Pastoral Care and may only be taken from an accredited program with either the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) (3 or 6 credit hours). 

Note: Within the area of specialization no more than three courses may transfer in from another accredited seminary.

Colloquia CreditsMACM students are required to earn 6 theological colloquia credits. The colloquia are administration and faculty-approved events held on campus or other events approved by the student’s faculty adviser.

Required GPA for Graduation: Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

Requirements for Ordination: Memphis Theological Seminary offers additional courses that meet ordination requirements for certain denominations. Students seeking ordination should consult their denomination officials to ascertain current requirements and procedures.

NOTE: Degree requirements listed here are for overview purposes only. Official degree requirements are found in the most current Academic Catalog or on current degree sheets.

Heritage

Students should be able to understand and critically interpret scripture, history, and Christian theology.

Cultural Context

Students should be able to analyze local and global contexts and respectfully explore culturally non-dominant perspectives in light of Christian tradition.

 

Formation

Students should be able to show growth in personal faith, emotional maturity, and moral integrity.

 

Leadership

Students should be able to employ practical theological reflection and exercise skills within a specialized ministry.

Important Admission and Financial Aid dates 

NOTICE: If you intend to apply for scholarships as an incoming student you MUST meet the early application deadline.

 

August 13, 2021
Fall 2021 Admission deadline for
Masters & Certificate programs
August 14, 2021
New Student Orientation
August 23, 2021
First day of Fall 2021 Classes

October 1, 2021
2022-2023 FAFSA Opens
MTS School Code G10529

November 30, 2021
Spring 2022 Scholarship Application deadline

& Spring 2022 Early Admission deadline

January 14, 2022
Spring 2022 Admission deadline
January 15, 2022
Spring 2022 New Student Orientation
January 24, 2022
First Day of Spring 2022 Classes
April 30, 2022
Admission deadline for DMin program

May 31, 2022
Fall 2022 Scholarship Application

deadline & Fall 2022 Early Admission deadline for Masters &

Certificate programs

August 12, 2022
Fall 2022 Admission deadline for Masters &

Certificate programs

August 13, 2022
Fall 2022 New Student Orientation
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ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT

We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

(901) 334-5887

Rev. Walter Henry

(901) 334-5833

Rev. Dr. Felecia LaVant

(901) 334-5804

Luke Waters

(901) 334-5841