Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.)


The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.) equips persons for leadership and service in various areas related to the Christian community’s public life and practice. It is designed for those preparing for the work of Deacon in The United Methodist Church; those who are seeking ordination in a denomination that requires a 45-semester hour seminary degree; those seeking to supplement existing professional specialties with theological studies; and laypersons who seek to serve the church with specific competencies.

The M.A.C.M is designed to develop the personal spiritual characteristics necessary for Christian ministries, provide a solid background in the theories undergirding Christian ministries, and to help students utilize them for the practice of ministries.

Credits Required

45 semester hours
Assessment (non-credit requirements)


Online Student Orientation: Required program introducing Theological Education
30 semester hours of courses in basic theological studies.

15 hours of electives

Experiences of personal and professional formation

Time for Degree Completion

2 years full-time study

Course schedules are developed to accommodate both full-time and part-time study. Working in a placement of more than twenty hours each week may extend the time it takes to complete the degree.

Degree Requirements

1. Complete New Student Orientation (online and in person)

2. Complete 45 hours of credits (30 Core curriculum credits and 15 elective credits)

3. Complete a minimum of 1/3 of your degree in residency United’s Intensive weeks allow you to complete residency courses in hybrid or on-campus intensives. For ordination requirements, please check with your own judicatory.

4. Enroll in Hybrid Contextual Ministries as soon as you begin your M.A.C.M. If you plan to complete your degree in two years. All theological students (except M.T.S.) must enroll in the Contextual Ministries Program, which consists of:

A. Professionally facilitated ministry group (MINgroup) that meets weekly online and in the Intensive Week for three terms.

B. Ministry in a church or community site in your area (10 – 20 hours per week)

C. Formation courses

For more information please visit Contextual Ministries

Intensive Weeks

Intensive Weeks will be offered four times a year at our Dayton, Ohio, campus so that students can complete the residency portion of their degree.

Included in the Intensive Week:

• Formation Retreats
• Communal worship and meals
• MINgroup gatherings
• Intensive and Hybrid courses

Intensive Week Fees: There are some additional costs associated with Intensive Weeks. Please visit TUITION and FEES for more Information.

Housing: Lower prices have been negotiated at some of the hotels in the area. Please explore the Visitor Accommodation section of the website to make your own room arrangements for the week or contact the Academic Administrative Assistant.

Transportation: United may provide transportation to and from the hotels in Englewood near I-70 and SR 48 for a nominal fee. Please contact the Academic Administrative Assistant for details and to advise us if this service is needed.

Some hotels provide free transportation to and from the airport. Please arrange this with the hotel.

Course Catalog and Planning Guide

The Course Catalog and Planning Guide is provided to assist students in mapping out their degree program at United.

Click below to view the most recent Course Catalog and Planning Guide.