Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

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

15 courses. 45 semester hours. Complete in as few as 2 years.


The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) supports leadership and service in ministries impacting Christian community, life and practices. From worship to discipleship, deaconship to pastorate, the MACM can equip you for your call.


Flexible Options

Our flexible options are designed to make high-quality education accessible for working pastors and other professionals—whenever and wherever works for your busy schedule. Courses are available in four formats. Mix and match to suit your schedule and learning style.

  • Traditional on-campus courses meet regularly throughout the semester
  • Week-long intensives on campus in Dayton, Ohio take place in January, June, August and September.
  • Online courses can be completed at your own pace during the semester.
  • Live Interactive Virtual Education (LIVE) courses meet simultaneously on-campus and online.

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. A three-year program can be completed at a distance by attending five Intensive Weeks (2-3 per year), allowing you to fulfill on-campus requirements without moving to Dayton.


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.



No concentration? No problem! Use the four additional elective courses to explore other areas of interest.

If you have previous graduate-level coursework, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing for the Master of Divinity.



Specialize in a concentration that supports your area of ministry. Those interested in a concentration are encouraged to discuss their interests and needs with the Office of Admissions, who can help discern the best path for following God’s call.


CORE + 4 = MACM with a Concentration

Take required core courses in the areas of Biblical Studies, Church History and Theology, Practice of Ministry and Spiritual Formation. Use four of your electives in your area of concentration.



  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Church Planting
  • Holy Spirit and Renewal
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Preaching
  • Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

No concentration? No problem! Use the four additional elective courses to explore other areas of interest.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the entire degree program Academic Requirements listed for the MACM
  2. Attend on-campus orientation and complete the online orientation
  3. Complete all course credits applied toward the MACM degree within ten years
  4. Participate in United’s Formation Program, which consists of:
    • Two courses over two years
    • Participation in a professionally facilitated ministry group
    • Ministry in a church or community site in your area
  5. Take Formation on campus. Intensive Weeks allow you to complete on-campus courses without moving to Dayton.


Course Requirements: 45 Credit Hours Total


Core Requirements (27 cr. hrs.)

Biblical Studies (6 cr. hrs.)

  • OT504 Introduction to the Old Testament 1; or OT505 Introduction to the Old Testament 2 (3)
  • NT521 Introduction to the New Testament 1; or NT522 Introduction to the New Testament 2 (3)


Church History and Theology (6 cr. hrs.)

  • CH504 History of Christianity 1; or CH505 History of Christianity 2 (3)
  • TH502 Introduction to Theology (3)


Practice of Ministry (6 cr. hrs.)

  • PW501 Preparing to Preach; or PW502 Intro to African American Preaching; or PW504 Work of Worship; or PW510 United Methodist Worship (3)
  • CR510 Foundations for Church Renewal; or EV501 Foundations for Evangelism (3)


Contextual Ministry (9 cr. hrs.)

  • PT510a and PT510b Formation 1 (3)
  • PT610 Formation 3 (3)
  • WR601 Methods of Interreligious and Intercultural Encounter (3)


Electives (18 cr. hrs.)

Students may use elective courses to fulfill concentration and denominational requirements, if desired. United Methodists are required to have (6) credits in UM History, Doctrine, and Polity.


Non-Credit Requirements

  • SS500 Online Masters Student Orientation (0)
  • SS501 On Campus Student Orientation (0)
  • SS510 Graduation Portfolio – Masters (0)
  • SS603 MACM Mid-Program Evaluation (0)
  • SS703 MACM Final Advising (0)
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Learn more about the application process: Masters Admissions page.

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