Master of Arts in Christian Ministries


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The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is designed to equip graduates for effective ministry and competent leadership primarily in congregational settings. The degree provides a foundation in ministerial theory and practice that will assist students to pursue ministry vocations.


Having completed the MA in Christian Ministries, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to intended areas of service.


Students earning the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale. The full MACM degree is offered at the Ashland Campus, Cleveland Center, Columbus Center, and Detroit Center. Less than 50% of this degree may be completed online.

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Location(s) Offered:

Ashland Campus
910 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805

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


MACM Degree Worksheet

Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction1 hour
FLD 6602 Field Study (2).5 hour
FLD 6603 Field Study (3).5 hour
FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone1 hour

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer2 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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