Program FAQ

MA in Christian Ministry (MACM)

MACM Degree Program Questions

The MA in Christian Ministry degree prepares individuals for specialized ordained or lay ministry. Individuals seeking to obtain a foundation in theological education and focus in a specific area of ministry directly related to service within the local church would benefit from this degree program. Study in specialized areas of ministry would be youth and children’s ministry, church music and worship, congregational leadership, teaching the Bible and Christian Education. Although this program prepares individuals for ministry within the local church, the preparation and training can be used beyond the local church.

The MACM program is now being offered in two formats. It is offered in a traditional in-person format where individuals can attend in-person classes (click HERE to view course schedule). As of Fall 2022, the MACM program is also being offered in a hybrid-cohort format. The hybrid-cohort format includes courses offered virtually along with one required, two-day, in-person retreat once a semester.

Yes. The MA in Christian Ministry degree is designed to specifically train and equip individuals for Christian ministry and a life of faith in the Christian tradition.

Yes, you may be enrolled as a part-time student for the traditional in-person format of the MACM program. While we do have some students who take one or two classes each semester, we do encourage our students to maintain full-time enrollment (9 hours or more). Eligibility for financial assistance requires students to be full-time. Also, maintaining part-time status greatly extends the length of the program.

Individuals in the hybrid-cohort format of the MACM will need to maintain full-time status (9 credit hours) each semester in order to complete the program in the 2.5 year timeframe.

Currently, master-level classes are held on Monday afternoons, Tuesdays and Thursdays, including evenings. This block scheduling offers classes from early mornings to late evenings. Students do not have to be on campus every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Rather,  students have the flexibility to build a class schedule from the options offered on the days we hold classes. Click HERE to view a current class schedule.

This program is a 2.5 year program. Each fall and spring semester, students will have two virtual courses offered via Zoom that take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Students will also have one retreat-based online course once a semester. The retreat-based course will mainly consist of online coursework, anchored by one two-day, in-person retreat.

The MA in Christian Ministry traditional in-person program requires that students select an area of specialization. While a MACM student will get a foundation in theological education that includes biblical studies, church history and theology, they must select an area of ministry in which to focus. The available areas of specialization are: Christian Education, Church Music and Worship, Congregational Leadership, Ministry to Children, and Teaching the Bible.

The hybrid-cohort format of the MACM degree is only offered with the Congregational Leadership specialization. This specialization has been the most popular of our MACM specializations and is the most versatile in ministry application.

While the Master of Divinity degree is preferred to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree, is not required. To be eligible to pursue a DMin, a person must have a theological master’s degree from an ATS (Association of Theological Schools) accredited school. In general, degrees with fewer than 48 hours will not be considered. Leveling courses may be required, especially for degrees with fewer than 72 hours. Click HERE to view DMin admissions requirements.

Students who enter as a MA in Christian Ministry can easily change to the Master of Divinity program at any time while they are a student. All credits earned as an MACM student would be used towards the MDiv degree program. Many students discern their academic and vocational path as they journey through a program.

Admissions Questions

Apply using our online application that can be found HERE. Note: There are separate applications for the MACM traditional in-person format and the hybrid-cohort format.

Click HERE to view the admissions requirements for the MA in Christian Ministry program.

No. Although a specific major is not required, approximately one-half or more of the undergraduate studies should be in liberal arts courses. The degree must be equivalent to the undergraduate degrees offered by Campbell University, which require 124 semester hours of course credit. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college is required for regular admission. (Regional accreditation agencies include the Southern, Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, and Western associations of colleges and schools.)

Yes. Your undergraduate degree must be from a college or university that is regionally accredited. Regional accreditation agencies include the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.

Yes. Transfer students must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work completed and a 2.0 on work done at Campbell. Regardless of the number of credits eligible for transfer, the majority of credits toward the Master of Divinity degree or Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree must be completed through instruction offered by Campbell University.

Financial Questions

Click HERE to view updated tuition and fees for master-level programs.

With a wide variety of scholarship and financial assistance opportunities, 96% of our students receive financial assistance. On average, students receive approximately 60% in scholarship assistance from the Divinity School. The Divinity School seeks to be as generous as possible with financial assistance, making awards based on the merit and expressed need of each student. Click HERE to learn more about scholarships and financial assistance.

Upon acceptance into one of our programs, students will be required to complete a Financial Assistance Application Form. Once the Financial Assistance Application Form has been completed, the Divinity School Scholarship Committee will review the student’s admissions materials and the Financial Assistance Application Form and determine a scholarship percentage award, which will then be released to the student. Click HERE to learn more about the scholarship application process.

Yes, loans are available for all degree programs. Unsubsidized and graduate plus loans are available for students. Completion of the FAFSA is required for loan consideration. Loans are handled and processed through the University’s Office of Financial Aid. Students are encouraged to use loans as a last resort.

Additional Questions?

Contact the Divinity School Admissions Office at (910) 893-1830 or email