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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.) is a 48-hour 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 M.Div. degree in that it provides no academic concentration, which would prepare students for ongoing graduate degrees at the Ph.D. or D.Min. levels.

Those with limited experience in ministry leadership are encouraged to take at least one practicum as part of their electives.

Degree Components and Requirements

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries 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 39 credits or approximately three semesters of study. See M.A.C.M. Advanced Standing.

A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning. The general requirements for graduation apply as well.

Mission of God and Intercultural Studies (6 credits)
BTH/MHT 501 The Mission of God in Biblical and Contemporary Contexts   3
MCS/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspective   3
Bible and Theology (15 credits)1
BIB 532 Hermeneutics   3
BNT 530 New Testament Introduction* or BNT Book Study   3
BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction* or BOT Book Study   3
THE Elective     3
One of the following:   3
  BTH 529 Foundations of Biblical Theology    
  BTH 530 Old Testament Theology    
  BTH 532 New Testament Theology    
Practical Theology (21 credits)1
HOM 529 Communicating the Message I* or HOM 633   3
HOM 633 Communicating the Message II* or HOM Elective   3
PTH 544 Spiritual Formation of the Leader   3
PTH 553 Personal Dynamics of Leadership   3
PTH 554 Relational Dynamics of Leadership   3
PTH 556 Field Education Research Project2   3
PTH 653 Leadership in Ministry   3
General Electives (6 credits)1,3
Electives     6

1 See M.A.C.M. Advanced Standing guidelines.
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.
* Required course unless appropriate substitution approved by adviser.

M.A.C.M. 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 M.A.C.M. 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 M.A.C.M. 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. Advanced Standing may be granted for one course from each of the following areas: Bible and Theology (BNT or BOT 530 or THE Elective), Practical Theology (HOM 529 or PTH 554) and General Electives.
  7. 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 Academic Dean or Registrar.

Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:53 PM

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