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Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

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ACU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a flexible degree program designed to equip you for competent leadership in ministry fields such as youth and family ministry, children’s ministry and education ministry. This online Christian ministry degree is also ideal if you’re looking to deepen your theological knowledge for a career outside ministry, such as in education or social service.

With many elective hours, you are able to personalize your online ministry degree to match your particular ministry passions and interests.

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? The master’s degree in ministry will help you tackle the leadership challenges and prepare you for life-long service and success.

Program Highlights


  • Spiritual Formation 
  • Ministerial Leadership 
  • Ministry and Bible 
  • Student and Family Ministry 

Example Coursework

  • Biblical Exegesis 
  • History of Christianity 
  • Systematic Theology 
  • Foundations of the Theology of Ministry 

Admissions Requirements

  • Application and $50 fee
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of interest
  • Academic writing sample


  • Online with residency 


  • 48 credit hours
  • 30 months

Scholarships available to all new students. 


  • 33 credit hours
  • 21 months

Potential Outcomes

  • Graduates will have a basic understanding of the history of the Christian faith.
  • Graduates will have knowledge and skills related to a particular aspect of ministerial practice.
  • Graduates will have the ability to integrate theological and theoretical concepts with concrete ministry situations.

Find Your Calling, On Your Schedule

The online programs offered through ACU’s Graduate School of Theology are designed to help individuals on a mission do more to bless the world—by taking classes from virtually anywhere in the world.

In this video, Dr. Mindi Thompson, Director of Distance Education for the GST, explains the aims and benefits of each program as exemplified by three alumni: Mark Willis (Master of Divinity), Curtis King (Master of Arts in Christian Ministry), and Jeremy Davis (Master of Arts in Global Service).

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