Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

MACM program

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a 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. progam. If you are pursuing ordination, check with your denomination for degree requirements.

The M.A.C.M. is now offered fully online. Each Fall Semester, McAfee will admit a co-hort of 12 students to the 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. 

McAfee School of Theology Entrance Requirements for M.Div. and M.A.C.M. include:

  • Biographical Information
  • Resume - (Including Church Positions and Service, Secular Occupations, Community Involvement, Academic Honors, and Research, Civic, or Leadership Awards)
  • Official Transcripts 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* - Background check to be filed 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.
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Autobiographical essay - (In 1200-1500 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)?)


  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one from each of the following:)
    1. Pastor/Church Leader
    2. Professor / Supervisor
    3. Professor / Supervisor
  • Writing Sample of 500-750 words (can be excerpt) of an academic paper on any topic. Please include bibliography and in text citations or footnotes.
  • Admissions Interview as needed.


*In order to fulfill contracts with our seminary partners, McAfee School of Theology now requires that all McAfee applications undergo a criminal background check. Admission into McAfee is pending receipt of a background check report from Applicants are responsible for ordering and purchasing their own background check directly online.

  • Each applicant must authorize McAfee School of Theology to obtain a background check in order to satisfy the admission requirements.
  • The only exclusion to the background check will be special exceptions made for International Students who are in the process of obtaining, or have obtained the F-1 visa. This exception is monitored by the Admissions Office, which has the right to administer the exemption as necessary.
  • Failure to undergo the background check will result in exclusion from admission consideration. If criminal behavior is detected in the background check, the student may not be admitted to McAfee School of Theology. Students 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 six (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.