Master of Arts (Christian Ministries) - Ashland Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Christian Ministries


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When you are called to ministry in a congregational setting, you must prepare for more than a job. The vocation calls for a strong foundation in ministerial theory, where you put loving God and loving others into informed practice. The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is designed to equip graduates for doing effective ministry in the heart of community.

Is the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries program right for me? If you want to…

  • Apply critical and faithful interpretation of Scripture to congregational ministry settings
  • Establish disciplines in your personal life and in your community that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation
  • Build a missional vision of kingdom ministry within a multicultural and multi-faith society
  • Develop effective skill sets specific to your ministry

... then the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries program is right for you.


What to expect in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries program:

  • Opportunities to learn and serve in a multicultural context.
  • 55 credit hours, a portion of which may be earned online.
  • Full degree offered on four campuses: Ashland Campus, Cleveland Center, and the Columbus Center..


Location(s) Offered:

Ashland Campus
910 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805

Columbus Center
1900 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43229

Cleveland Center
6500 Rockside Road 
Independence, OH 44131


MACM Degree Worksheet

Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

FLD 6611 Field Study Introduction1 hour
FLD 6612 Field Study (2)1 hour
FLD 6614 Field Study Capstone1 hour

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5540 Introduction to Spiritual Formation4 hours

Core Courses

BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)3 hours

Ministry Cohort

CLD 6630 Leading the People of God3 hours
CWP 5512 Worship and the Community of God3 hours
PCC 5520 Person in Ministry3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care3 hours

Christian Ministries Courses

Choose 2 of the following 3 courses:
CRE 5501 Forming the People of God3 hours
HOM 5511 Proclaiming the Word of God3 hours
EVG 5513 Evangelistic Practices3 hours

Elective Courses

Open Electives6 hours

Total Hours

55 hours




As a college minister, Nate works with students who are grasping for God’s plan for their lives and are often lost in uncertainty and crisis. ATS has empowered him to be confident in the Spirit’s leading as he points these students toward Christ.


Connecting with the urban homeless, sharing life with Hispanic immigrants, and figuring out church-planting are all part of Dustin's daily life but are not part of most institutions’ catalogues. ATS went out of the way to connect coursework to Dustin's context and equip him for daily ministry.


Jamie wasn’t sure if seminary education was right for her, but she was thrilled to find out that ATS was willing to cater a degree towards her specific giftings and ministry calling.

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The link below will direct you to the Ashland University Graduate School online application to apply to the Master of Arts (Christian Ministries) program.

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