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The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry prepares persons to serve as lay leaders, deacons, or directors in specialized forms of ministry. The course of study is designed to integrate biblical and theological studies with practical training for a specialized ministry. The MACM curriculum reflects the mission of MTS by introducing students to theological scholarship, fostering spiritual growth, and preparing them for a specialized ministry in a variety of contexts for the just transformation of the church and the world.
The MACM may be pursued within different specializations. Specializations include Chaplaincy Studies, Christian Education, Social Justice, Spiritual Direction, Methodist Ministry, Youth and Young Adults Ministry. See Specializations tab for information about each program.
Students finish their studies with an Integrative Seminar/Project which demonstrates the integration of Scholarship, Piety, and Justice in a specialized ministry. The MACM requires a minimum of two years of study. Candidates for the order of deacon in the United Methodist Church can meet ordination requirements with this degree.
The specializations and the Youth and Young Adults Ministry track 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 advisor 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 Integrative Seminar, students will have 21 hours of coursework in their area of specialization.
Click on each specialization for more information about the design of the program.
1. The Christian Education specialization is intended for those preparing for ministry as directors and teachers of Christian Education within congregational and other settings.
2. The Social Justice specialization is intended for those preparing for ministry with persons and organizations addressing systemic injustice.
3. The Methodist Ministry specialization provides the basic educational requirements for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. It also allows for Methodist students to use this specialization for alternative pathways.
4. 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 in hospitals, other health care facilities, prisons, the military, or the workplace.
The Youth and Young Adults Ministry track, which features a different paradigm of course requirements than the specializations, equips students for competent leadership in ministry with young people in the church and in the world.
|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||18|
|Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism||3|
|Interfaith and Intercultural Elective||3|
|Total credits in Cultural Context||6|
Personal and Spiritual Formation
|Formation for Ministry I||3|
|Formation for Ministry II||3|
|Total credits in Personal and Spiritual Formation||6|
Courses & Practicum
Total credits: 48
Note: Within the area of specialization no more than three courses may transfer in from another accredited seminary.
*Elective should be chosen consistent with the student’s intended vocational role.
Colloquia Credits: MACM 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.
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, 2023
August 21-24, 2023
August 21, 2023
|October 1, 2023
2024-2025 FAFSA Opens
MTS School Code G10529
|December 31, 2023
Spring 2024 Scholarship Application deadline
& Spring 2024 Early Admission deadline
|January 19, 2024
Spring 2024 Admission deadline
|January 22-25, 2024
Spring 2024 Orientation and Residency I for New MDiv & MACM
|January 22, 2024
First Day of Spring 2024 Classes
|April 30, 2024
Admission deadline for DMin program
|May 31, 2024
Fall 2024 Scholarship Application
deadline & Fall 2024 Early Admission deadline for Masters &