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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries—Continuting Education Program

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is a 45-credit professional studies degree designed to provide advanced biblical, theological and practical training for individuals who desire to enhance their ministry skills. It equips ministers to become life-long learners and to develop models of personal and professional growth. It differs from the MDiv degree in that it provides no academic concentration which would prepare students for ongoing graduate degrees at the PhD or DMin levels.

MACM Degree Components and Requirements

The Continuing Education version of the MACM can be completed by any student regardless of the field of their undergraduate degree. Applicants with a strong undergraduate program in religion may petition for Advanced Standing in the program, which could allow them to complete the program with 36 credits. See MACM Advanced Standing.

The requirements for this degree as stated in this catalog will remain for the duration of the student’s program. Up to half of the program credits (21) may be taken through directed research or distance learning. See the general requirements for graduation requirements.

Bible/Theology Core (9 credits)*


BNT 530

New Testament Introduction


BOT 530

Old Testament Introduction


THE Elective



Foundations Core (15 credits)


BIB 532




Mission of God in Biblical & Contemporary Contexts


HOM 529

Communicating the Message I1

  PTH 556 Field Education Research Project2 3
  RES 531 Theological Research & Writing 3



Ministry Core (12 credits)


PTH 550

The Emotionally Healthy Minister

  PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister 3
  PTH 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministry 3

PTH 653

Leading Christian Ministries


Practical Theology Electives (9 credits)3


*Advanced standing for these three courses in the Bible/Theology Core—9 credits total.
1 If an equivalent course was taken in the participant’s undergraduate program, an advanced homiletics course may be substituted.
2 See Field Education Research Manual.
3 If seeking ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God, HIS 532 required if not taken at the undergraduate level.

MACM Advanced Standing

Students who have earned a significant number of credits in religious studies from approved colleges and universities may request exemption from certain required courses in the MACM degree program, thus granting them Advanced Standing. Life experience does not qualify for advanced standing. (See registrar for further details.)

The following rules apply to MACM Advanced Standing:          

  1. Advanced Standing cannot exceed nine credits.
  2. Advanced Standing is considered for undergraduate courses with satisfactory parallel content, provided the equivalent collegiate courses are double the credit value of the seminary’s courses. A minimum grade of B is required and the student must be able to demonstrate competency in subject matter by presentation of an Advanced Standing Portfolio for each course for which advanced standing is desired. A fee of $50 per course will be charged for each portfolio that is evaluated, regardless of whether or not the advanced standing is granted.
  3. Advanced Standing must be requested prior to enrollment but no later than the end of the student’s first semester of study at AGTS. Requests should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. Partial course Advanced Standing will not be granted.
  5. If the student later takes a course where Advanced Standing has been granted, the Advanced Standing would be nullified.
  6. In an area where a student demonstrates competency but the criteria preclude Advanced Standing, a substitute course may be allowed if approved by the faculty adviser and the Dean.
  7. All AGTS master students must complete their degree programs within a 10-year time limit, which includes any undergraduate courses used for Advanced Standing and any graduate courses transferred in from other schools. See the AGTS Registrar’s Office for more information.

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