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


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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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 one of two paradigms with different sets of requirements: 1) the choice of a specialization among Christian Education, Social Justice, United Methodist Deacon, and a Create-Your-Own Specialization option, and 2) the Youth and Young Adults Ministry Track. (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 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 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.

1The 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 United Methodist Deacon specialization provides the basic educational requirements for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church.

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

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.


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.

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 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2020 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 15, 2020
Virtual New Student Orientation
August 24, 2020
First day of Fall 2020 Classes

October 1, 2020
2021-2022 FAFSA Opens

MTS School Code G10529

November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Spring 2021 Early Admission deadline
January 15, 2021
MTS Spring 2021 Admission deadline
January 16, 2021
Spring 2021 New Student Orientation
January 25, 2021
First Day of Spring 2021 Classes
April 30, 2021
Fall 2021 Admission deadline for DMin program
May 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Fall 2021 Early Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 13, 2021
MTS Fall 2021 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2021 New Student Orientation

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