Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

MACM program

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a two-year, 38-hour, professional credential designed to prepare women and men for competent leadership in specialized ministries in their faith communities. The degree seeks to develop the general theological understanding required as a basis for local church ministries and nurture the practical abilities and skills needed in that setting.  The M.A.C.M. is ideal for bi-vocational and part-time ministers, ministers with undergraduate ministerial education, lay leaders, and professionals from other disciplines seeking to broaden their competencies. The M.A.C.M. does not prepare students to enter a Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Min. program. If you are pursuing ordination, check with your denomination for degree requirements.

The M.A.C.M. is  available in both traditional and fully online formats. Each Fall Semester, McAfee will admit a cohort of up to 12 students to the fully online version of the M.A.C.M. program. The cohort will take between 6 and 7 hours of course credit each fall and spring semester. This will allow students to finish the program in three years without having to move or stop work. Space is limited. Please apply by March 15 to receive priority consideration for the M.A.C.M. Online program. 

Admissions Requirements

Masters and Certificate applicants for admission to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University are required to have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a liberal arts core or proof of an equivalent degree from a foreign university. 

For individuals who do not currently possess a bachelor's degree, but who want to work towards a Masters in Divinity, Mercer offers pre-theology education through the College of Liberal Arts in Macon and through Penfield College in Atlanta. For more information about these programs, contact Mercer's Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Admissions requirements for the MDiv and MACM program include:

  • Biographical Information: Submitted online here
  • Resume: Including church positions and service; secular occupations; community involvement; academic honors; and research, civic, or leadership awards.
  • Official Transcripts: required from all higher educational institutions previously attended. Applicants are required to have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a liberal arts core or proof of an equivalent degree from a foreign university.
  • Background Check*: Completed online at Castle Branch, or call 1-888-666-7788 for more information. Please allow up to 2 weeks for us to receive the report. The package cost is $33.50, which must be ordered and purchased directly online by the applicant. The admissions office will supply the appropriate step-by-step directions on how to complete the background check. Please download instructions to order your background check and have it sent to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. (International students having obtained an F-1 visa are excluded from the background check requirement).
  • Application Fee: $50.00
  • Autobiographical Essay: In 1250-1500 words speak to the following four questions: Give an account of your Christian pilgrimage. Tell the story of your personal commitment and call to ministry. What factors have led you to apply to McAfee School of Theology for your theological training? What are your ministry goals (the kind of ministries you envision for yourself)?
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • Pastor/Church Leader
    • Professor/Supervisor
    • Professor/Supervisor
  • Writing Sample: 2000-2500 words of an academic paper on any topic. This may be an excerpt of an academic paper on any topic. Please include bibliography and in-text citations or footnotes. Applicants who do not have an academic writing sample may contact the admissions office for a prompt. Please include bibliography and in-text citations or footnotes.

  • Admissions Interview (as needed)

*Failure to undergo the background check will result in exclusion from admission consideration. An individual with a criminal conviction is not automatically excluded from admission; the School will evaluate the time frame, nature, gravity, and relevancy of the conviction or charge offense in making a decision. Applicants may appeal the decision and will have the opportunity to present information to dispute the background check.

Program Curriculum

Religious Heritage: 12 hours                                                                                            

  • Foundations in Old Testament, THOT 500, 3 hours
  • Foundations in New Testament, THNT 500, 3 hours
  • Christian Traditions I, THCH 511, 3 hours
  • Foundations in Theology, THTP 500, 3 hours 

Cultural Context: 6 hours

  • Global Perspectives in Ministry & Mission, THPT 500, 3 hours
  • Cultural Context Elective, 3 hours

Personal and Spiritual Formation: 5 hours

  • Spiritual Formation 1 & 2, THSP 511 & THSP 512, 2 hours  
  • Ethics, THET 500, 3 hours

Specialization (including supervised experience): 15 hours

Choose (6 hours):

  • Contextual Education 1 & 2, THPT 701 & 702

or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), THPT 703

Electives in area of specialization: 9 hours                                

Total Hours for M.A.C.M: 38

*The M.A.C.M. degree program is designed as a two-year program with a maximum of ten (10) credit hours per semester (Fall/Spring). The online degree option is designed as a three-year program, with a maximum of seven (7) credit hours per term, Fall/Spring.

Graduation Requirements:

Minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of course requirements and 38 hours, completion and submission of portfolio, maximum completion time of six years.