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Online MACM Curriculum

Students choose the online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) degree program because it offers a solid foundation in theological, Bible-focused Christian education and an opportunity to gain competency in a wide-range of practical ministry subjects.

A little more than half of the 61-credit online theological Master’s degree program is spent studying core theological subjects including classes in Bible, theology, church history, missions, ethics, and spiritual formation. About a quarter of the online degree program features Christian Ministry Concentration courses in focused practical areas like leadership, counseling, Christian education, and communication. In addition to two elective courses and an integrative capstone course, students gain practical experience through contextualized theological education and practical hands-on-training through three Mentored Ministry rotations.

A full list of requirements is detailed below (click here to download a copy of the current checksheet):

Introductory Courses
CT500: Introduction to Theological Research (1 credit hour, must be completed first year)
MC507: Reflection and Formation for Ministry (1 credit hour, must be completed first year)
General Core Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

OT500: Old Testament Survey
NT501: New Testament Survey
NT/OT517: Interpreting the Bible
TH501: Theology Survey I
TH502: Theology Survey II
CH501: Church History to the Reformation
CH502: Church History Since the Reformation
ET501: Christian Ethics
WM601: The World Mission of the Church

Christian Ministry Concentration Courses (21 Credit Hours)

MC501: Spiritual Formation for Ministry
CL503: Foundations for Leadership*
EM502: Educational Ministry of the Church*
PC511: Introduction to Pastoral Counseling*
CL640: Managing Conflict*
MC585: The Christian Communicator*
Three Rotations of Mentored Ministry

*In place of any ONE of the noted five concentration courses, the student may substitute another course with a CL, EM, PC, or MC code, in consultation with the MACM advisement staff.

Capstone Courses (6 Credit Hours)
NT/OT594: Biblical Theology
IS800/881: Integrative Project/Paper OR MC850: Readiness for Ministry
Elective Course (3 Credit Hours)

Online MACL Curriculum

Students choose the online Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACM) degree program because it offers a solid foundation in theological, Bible-focused Christian education and an opportunity to gain competency in a wide-range of Christian Leadership subject.

A little more than half of the 61-credit online theological Master’s degree program is spent studying core theological subjects including classes in Bible, theology, church history, missions, ethics, and spiritual formation. About a quarter of the online degree program features Christian Leadership Concentration courses in focused practical areas like conflict management, team building, organizational communication, organizational management, and personal leadership development. In addition to two elective courses and an integrative capstone course, students gain practical experience through contextualized theological education and practical hands-on-training through three Internship Rotations in Leadership.

A full list of requirements is detailed below (click here to download a copy of the current checksheet):

General Core Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

OT500: Old Testament Survey
NT501: New Testament Survey
NT/OT517: Interpreting the Bible
CL/NT/OT574: Biblical Theology of Leadership
TH501: Theology Survey I
TH502: Theology Survey II
CH501: Church History to the Reformation
CH502: Church History Since the Reformation
Ethics Elective (any ET course)
World Missions/Evangelism Elective (any WM or EV course)

Christian Ministry Concentration Courses (21 Credit Hours)

CL503: Foundations for Leadership
CL630: The Person of the Christian Leader
CL640: Managing Conflict
CL650: The Christian Leader as Communicator
CL660: Managing the Non-Profit Organization
CL670: Team and Team Building
Three Intern Rotations in Leadership

Capstone Courses (3 Credit Hours)
CL720: Christian Leadership Project
Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)
CT500: Introduction to Theological Research (1 Credit Hour - must be completed first term)

Structure of Courses

The structure of the online MACM and MACL degree program courses is designed to benefit those who have significant responsibilities outside of seminary, whether family, ministry or work obligations. The structure contains the following features: 

  • Online courses are 14 weeks long; students normally take up to two courses per semester.
  • Select courses also include intensive three-day residencies that occur during the middle of the semester.  Residencies are scheduled together with three days devoted to one course and three days devoted a student’s second course (if applicable) so that in one week a student can complete two (2) residencies in one visit. Residencies are usually held on the Charlotte, North Carolina campus.  The structure is such that a student can complete the program with as few as 4 or 5 trips to Charlotte over the course of three (3) years, provided that the student takes two courses per semester (see details on residency requirements below).
  • Students may start in any semester (fall, spring, and summer) and can complete either 61-credit hour degree program (MACM or MACL) in a little over three years.
  • In addition to Online New Student Orientation, all students must take and pass the Introduction to Theological Research course (1 Credit Hour) in their first term.
  • In the MACM program, students will also contribute to an an E-Portfiolio which serves as a repository for a student's growth and achievement in seminary.

Residency Requirements

There are two main types of classes that students take at Gordon-Conwell: fully online and residential (formats vary).  A class that does not have any live in-person class sessions is considered fully online, while a class that has live in-person class sessions is considered residential. 

The online MACM and MACL programs allow students to complete 50% of the program with fully online courses. The remaining 50% of courses must have some live in-class (called residency) component.  The MACM and MACL programs offer these remaining courses in a flexible and convenient web-enhanced format.  Web-enhanced courses are residential courses that feature online coursework and a three (3) day residency in the middle of the course (usually November for the Fall semester, March/April for the Spring semester, and July for the Summer semester.  Courses are often paired with other web-enhanced courses so that it is possible for a student to fulfill two (2) courses with residency in one week in Charlotte. 

MACM students may choose when to complete courses with residency in their program, but must complete eight (8) course residencies (a minimum of 4 weeks in Charlotte) in three (3) years.  MACL students have one addition residential course requirement above the eight (8) required, CL/NT/OT594 - Biblical Theology of Leadership.

During terms where a student does not wish to take a course with residency, students take fully online courses.

During the residency experiences students are responsible for:

  • Coursework associated with the residency
  • Travel to and from Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Housing (discounted hotels and housing are available) and meals for five (5) to six (6) days

With the exception of Old Testament Survey (OT500) and New Testament Survey (NT501), which are offered more often, the remaining six (6) courses with residency are offered once every four (4) semesters according to the chart below:

Spring 2015 OT500 & NT501 (MACM & MACL Residency Pair);
MC501 & CL503 (MACM Residency Pair)
CL630 & CL503 (MACL Residency Pair)
Summer 2015 NT501 (MACM & MACL Residency Course)
EM502 & CL640 (MACM Residency Pair)
CL660 & CL640 (MACL Residency Pair)
Fall 2015 OT500 (MACM & MACL Residency Course)
PC511 & MC585 (MACM Residency Pair)
CL650 & CL670 (MACL Residency Pair)
Spring 2016 OT500 & NT501 (MACM & MACL Residency Pair)
Summer 2016 NT501 (MACM & MACL Residency Course)
MC501 & CL503 (MACM Residency Pair)
CL630 & CL503 (MACL Residency Pair)
Fall 2016 OT500 (MACM & MACL Residency Course)
EM502 & CL640 (MACM Residency Pair)
CL660 & CL640 (MACL Residency Pair)

To complete their residency requirements, online MACM and MACL students also have the optional benefit of completing their residency requirement by taking courses at any of Gordon-Conwell's four campuses or other class locations inside the United States or internationally. 

Mentored Ministry and Intenership Rotations  in Leadership

At the heart of the online MACM and MACL programs is the conviction that relevant ministry experience within real life contexts under the supervision of caring, seasoned mentors is the vital ingredient in shaping the next generation of effective leaders for Christ. Toward that end, online MACM and MACL students engage in three Mentored Ministry Rotations (MACM) or Internship Rotations in Leadership (MACL) in their local ministry/leadership contexts that help them apply what they are learning while at the same time gaining valuable practical ministry/leadership experience.

Integrative Project (with E-Portfolio)/Christian Leadership Project

At the end of the program, MACM students complete a final Integrative Project/Paper built upon their ministry interests and artifacts assembled in E-Portfolio throughout their seminary journey.  MACL students complete a supervised Christian Leadership Project in their local context.