Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

Prepare for specialized ministry in ordained or lay leadership.

15 courses. 45 credit hours. Primarily online or on campus.
Complete in 2-3 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.

Learning That Fits Your Lifestyle

Our flexible options are designed to make high-quality education accessible for working pastors and other professionals, making it possible to earn a degree from wherever you live. 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
  • Gathering Weeks on campus in Dayton, Ohio take place in January, June, August and September.
  • Online courses can be completed during the semester.
  • Live Interactive Virtual Education (LIVE) courses meet simultaneously on-campus and online.

The MACM degree can be completed primarily online in three years.*

*Residency requirements may vary by denomination. Most United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of their degree (15 credit hours) on campus.

Degree Plan


MACM Core Requirements (27 cr. hrs.)

Biblical Studies (6 cr. hrs.)

  • OT500 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
  • NT500 Introduction to the New Testament (3)

History and Theology (6 cr. hrs.)

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

Practical Theology (9 cr. hrs.)

  • PW501 Preparing to Preach (3) or
    PW502 Introduction to African American Preaching (3) or
    PW504 Work of Worship (3) or
    PW510 United Methodist Worship (3)
  • ER501 Foundations for Evangelism (3)
  • ER503 Church Renewal for Mission (3)

Contextual Ministry (6 cr. hrs.)

  • CM501 Field Education Unit 1 (0)
  • CM510 Contextual Ministry 1 (3)
  • CM511 Contextual Ministry 2 (3)

MACM Electives (18 cr. hrs.)

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

MACM Non-Credit Requirements

  • SS500 Online Master Student Orientation (0)
  • SS603 MACM Mid-Program Review (0)
  • SS703 MACM Final Review (0)

MACM Concentrations

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree program graduates persons in the general practice of ministry. The MACM curriculum provides options for academic concentrations. These include Biblical Interpretation, Holy Spirit and Renewal, Church Planting, Ministry Leadership, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Preaching, and Wesleyan and Methodist Studies. Students interested in a concentration are encouraged to discuss their interests and needs with their advisors and area faculty. For more information refer to the Academic Catalog.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the entire degree plan requirements listed for the MACM.
  2. Complete all course credits applied toward the MACM degree within ten years of the awarding of the degree, in keeping with the standards set forth by the Association of Theological Schools.
  3. Participate in United’s Contextual Ministry Program, which includes:
    • Attendance at one Contextual Ministry retreat in early September
    • Completion of two Contextual Ministry courses over one year
    • Participation in a professionally facilitated ministry group
    • Ministry in a church or community site in your area

To fulfill residency requirements for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist students must complete 1/3 of the degree (15 credits) on campus. Dayton, Intensive, and hybrid courses count toward this requirement. For ordination requirements, please check with your own judicatory.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Learn more about the application process: Masters Admissions page.

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