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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.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry prepares you for leadership in ministry wherever God calls you. This degree equips those working in non-profits, campus ministry, para-church, missions, business, or other fields.


  • Critically interpret Christian scripture, history, and doctrine to inform and guide their specialized ministry.
  • Employ theological reflection and exercise skills for ministerial leadership in light of cultural contexts for the just transformation of the church and the world.


  • Develop and sustain deeper self awareness and accountability through personal and communal relationships for sustainable ministry leadership.
  • Be open to diverse perspectives and expressions of love for God, neighbor, and the creation.


  • View injustice in new and more complex ways because of transformational encounters with personal and systemic injustices.
  • Integrate their specialized ministry with critical, creative, and compassionate responses to injustice guided by religious faith.

Religious Heritage

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible 3
Interpreting the New Testament 3
Christian Heritage I 3
Christian Heritage II 3
Total credits in Religious Heritage 24

Cultural Context

Contexts and Models for Mission and Evangelism (includes field education) 3
Interfaith and Intercultural Elective (with immersion) 3
Interfaith and Intercultural Elective 3
Total Credits in Cultural Context 9

 Practice of Ministry

Practice of Ministry Elective (including practicum) 3
Practice of Ministry Elective 3
Total Credits in Practice of Ministry 6

Personal and Spiritual Formation

Formation for Ministry I 1.5
Formation for Ministry II 1.5
Total Credits in Personal and Spiritual Formation 3


Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits in Electives 9

 Integrative Seminar 

MACM Integrative Seminar 3
Total Credits in Integrative Seminar 3

                                                                                                                                                             Total Credits: 42*

                                  *Addiction Counseling specialization requires 48 credit hours (see Additional Requirements tab)


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.

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.  In addition to the Christian Ministry Seminar and Project, students will have 21 hours of coursework in their area of specialization.

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 program provides the basic educational requirements for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church.


1.  The Social Justice Ministry specialization is intended for those preparing for ministry with persons and organizations addressing systemic injustice.


2. The Christian Education specialization is intended for those preparing for ministry as directors and teachers of Christian Education within congregational and other settings.


3. The Addiction Counseling specialization is intended for those preparing to minister to those who struggle with the effects of addiction disorders. (see Additional Requirements tab)


4. A student may also create an area of specialization in the MACM program if approved by the VPAA/Dean during the admissions process.


To propose a specialization for the MACM degree, a student must follow these steps:

1. Notify admissions of the desire to pursue an area of specialization in the MACM program.

2. Admissions will notify the VPAA/Dean that a student is interested in pursuing a specialization in the MACM other than the established tracks.

3. The VPAA/Dean will refer the student to a faculty member who teaches in that area of specialization.

4. In consultation with that faculty member, the student will:

a) identify the specialization and develop a rationale for this specialization with the MTS curriculum which includes stating specific learning outcomes under the headings of scholarship, piety, and justice.

b) identify six courses in the MTS curriculum that would constitute this specialization in relationship to those learning outcomes.

c) and submit the application to the VPAA/Dean for approval.

5. Upon approval of the VPAA/Dean, the student will be assigned to a faculty member in the area of specialization to serve as the academic advisor for the student’s program.


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.

More Information about the Specialization in Addiction Counseling

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry with a specialization in Addiction Counseling offers the number of hours (270) that the Tennessee State Board of Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselors requires for licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Completion of this course of study does not guarantee licensure as that requires an additional 6,000 clinically supervised counseling experience contact hours.

In addition to the regular requirements of the MACM degree, the specialization in Addiction Counseling requires six classes designated as Addiction Counseling. Three of those courses count as electives within the degree requirements, and one counts as a Cultural Context Required Elective (with practicum or immersion). The two remaining Addiction Counseling courses constitute additional coursework (6 credit hours) for this degree. 48 credit hours are thus required for the MACM with a specialization in Addiction Counseling.

Students are encouraged to take Cultural Context and Pastoral Ministry courses that will further their preparation for ministry in the area of Addiction Counseling. Such courses could include the following in Cultural Context: The Church’s Call to Radical Hospitality, Church Ministry in the City, Jesus Jails and Justice, Religion and Contemporary American Society. In Pastoral Ministry, such courses could include: Introduction to the Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care and Addictions, Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis, Pastoral Care in Institutional Settings, and Pastoral Care of Families. Additional courses that might be of interest include: Soul Notes; Cardiognosis: A knowing of the Heart, God and the Other, Prophetic Imagination, and The Beloved Community.

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester Spring Semester
·      Early Deadline May 31 ·      Early Deadline November 30
·      Deadline August 10 ·      Deadline January 10

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.

Admissions Associate

Rev. Byron Forester

Rev. Byron Forester

Admissions Associate

Byron is a graduate of Bethel University (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Benton Co. MS and as Coordinator of Ministries for West Tennessee Presbytery. He participates and serves in several ministries to people who are unsheltered. Byron and his wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.

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