Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM)


Prepare for leadership and service to the Church with an MACM.

45 Semester Hours. 15 Courses. As few as 2 years.

Flexible Opportunities.

Our master’s degree in Christian ministry is designed for persons who are:

1. Pursuing ordination in a denomination that does not require a Master of Divinity degree
2. Seeking to supplement existing professional specialties with theological studies
3. Already serving the Church as part of a leadership or ministry team
4. Preparing for the work of Deacon in The United Methodist Church

Flexible Options.

Take classes in a traditional format at our campus in Dayton, OH, or complete coursework from home. The MACM degree can be completed at a distance with as few as two weeks on campus over the course of the degree.*


*Residency requirements may vary by denomination. Most United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of their degree (5 courses) on campus. This can be accomplished by attending 5 week-long intensives (2-3 per year).

Flexible Curriculum.

The MACM equips people for leadership and service to the church with 9 core courses (27 semester hours) and 6 elective courses (18 semester hours). We’ve made this easy with our new Core + 4 Curriculum. Add a concentration to your MACM by using 4 of your 6 elective courses to specialize in your calling.

CORE + 4 = MACM with a Concentration


Degree Requirements

1. Complete 45 hours of credits (27 core curriculum credits and 18 elective credits)

2. Residency (on-campus) requirements vary.

For a primarily online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, students can earn a degree with two weeks of on-campus intensive courses over a two-year program.

Most United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of the degree in residency. A two-year program can be completed with five on-campus courses (15 credits), or two to three weeks on campus per year.

For ordination requirements, please check with your denominational leadership.

3. 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 each term 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.

4. Non-Credit Requirements:

• Online and On-campus Orientations
• Mid-program Orientation
• Graduation Portfolio
• Final Advising

Intensive Weeks

Intensive Weeks will be offered six 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
• Grouping 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.

Course Catalog and Planning Guide

The Course Catalog and Planning Guide is provided to assist students in mapping out their degree program at United. You can download these items from the right-hand sidebar menu on this page.

For additional help, contact us!