• Get In Touch

    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Online Degree Programs
    14542 Choate Circle
    Charlotte, NC 28273
    Toll-Free: (855) 211-2474
    onlineprograms@gordonconwell.edu

  • Join the Conversation!

    Join other students, faculty and staff as they share their seminary journey.

  •  

SaveSave

Primarily Online Professional Degrees at Gordon-Conwell

Gordon-Conwell prepares women and men for kingdom service both in the church and in the world.  Toward that end, the seminary offers two distinct primarily online professional programs: the Online M.A. in Christian Ministries and the Online M.A. in Christian Leadership.

Primarily Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) Introduction

Whether you plan to serve in a church, in a para-church organization, on the mission field, in campus ministry, in the marketplace, or other ministry context, the Online M.A. in Christian Ministries prepares men and women for gospel-centered service wherever God leads.  With several specialized concentration options (Ministry Practitioner, Pastoral Ministry, or Pastoral Care & Counseling, and select denominational concentrations), students receive robust biblical and theological training in addition to relevant practical ministry skills development.

Primarily Online Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL) Introduction

Learn to lead.  Students in the Online M.A. in Christian Leadership program learn how to develop teams, manage conflict and achieve resolution, better understand personal strengths and weaknesses, and communicate effectively.  Whether you are interested in leading a congregation, workplace team, or non-profit organization, the combination of a robust biblical and theological education with hands-on training in redemptive servant leadership prepares students to meet the challenges of any leadership context.

Quick Facts

MACM

  • 61 credit hours
  • 2 years full-time; up to 7 years part-time
  • Can be completed primarily online through Digital Live, online, and web-enhanced course formats
  • Can be completed with as few as three total campus visits (approximately one visit per year)

MACL

  • 61 credit hours
  • 2 years full-time; up to 7 years part-time
  • Can be completed primarily online through Digital Live, online, and web-enhanced course formats
  • Can be completed with as few as three total campus visits (approximately one visit per year)

Typical Student

MACM

The MACM best fits students who desire to enter full-time vocational ministry inside or outside of the church or students who wish to receive general ministry training in support of their calling. The student body is made up of a diverse group of women and men from a myriad of different backgrounds, cultures, denominations, and phases of life. Because of its flexibility and diversity, the MACM is also a great option for students still exploring their call.

MACL

MACL students showcase strong leadership abilities. Many are already pastors or other leaders in the church, marketplace, para-church ministries, and/or non-profit organizations.  Students in this program are primarily seeking to increase their leadership and ministry effectiveness in their present or future contexts.

Potential Careers

MACM

The MACM can open the door to a number of different career and ministry paths.  Our students have graduated seminary and have become:

  • Pastors
  • Church Leaders
  • Church Planters
  • Campus Ministry
  • Chaplains
  • Missionaries
  • Teachers
  • Para-church Leaders
  • Marketplace Leaders

MACL

The MACM can open the door to a number of different career and ministry paths.  Our students have graduated seminary and have become:

  • Pastors
  • Church Leaders
  • Marketplace Leaders
  • Para-church Leaders
  • Church Planters
  • Campus Ministry
  • Missionaries
  • Teachers

Program Concentrations and Requirements

MACM

Students in the MACM program can choose from several program concentrations.  Click the links below to read their respective descriptions.

Pastoral Ministry Concentration 

The Pastoral Ministry concentration serves those who envision entering into formal vocational/professional ministry settings.  In addition to rigorous training in biblical studies (including hermeneutics and biblical theology), Christian thought (including theology and historical perspective), students have the opportunity to learn the essentials of pastoral ministry including, but not limited to, training in leadership, administration, and preaching that will help them in congregational leadership, church-planting, or other ministerial vocations.

Students who desire to pursue ordination after graduating from seminary should check with their ordaining body for educational requirements.

Biblical Studies Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Biblical Theology

Christian Thought Requirements (19 Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Theological Research
  • The Church to the Reformation
  • The Church Since the Reformation
  • Theology Survey I
  • Theology Survey II
  • Ethics Elective
  • World Missions/Evangelism Elective

Pastoral Ministry Concentration Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Foundations for Leadership
  • Preaching: Principles & Practices
  • Healthy Relationships in Ministry
  • Choose TWO: Preaching Elective, Christian Worship, Discipleship & Disciple-Making, Church & Non-Profit Administration
  • Ministry Elective
  • Mentored Ministry Rotations (3)
  • Pastoral Ministry (Capstone)

General Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Ministry Practitioner Concentration

The Ministry Practitioner concentration serves those who have diverse or specialized ministry callings, or those who simply wish to enhanced their knowledge and skills within their church or ministry context.  In addition to rigorous training in biblical studies (including hermeneutics and biblical theology), Christian thought (including theology and historical perspective), students learn the essentials of ministry such as leadership, formation, and teaching that help them in para-church, lay leadership, missions, teaching, and other ministry contexts.

Biblical Studies Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Biblical Theology

Christian Thought Requirements (19 Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Theological Research
  • The Church to the Reformation
  • The Church Since the Reformation
  • Theology Survey I
  • Theology Survey II
  • Ethics Elective
  • World Missions/Evangelism Elective

Ministry Practitioner Concentration Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Foundations for Leadership
  • The Teacher & the Teaching Task
  • Healthy Relationships in Ministry
  • Discipleship & Disciple-Making
  • Ministry Elective
  • Ministry Elective
  • Mentored Ministry Rotations (3)
  • Readiness for Ministry (Capstone)

General Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration

The Pastoral Care & Counseling concentration serves those who envision providing pastoral care in both formal and informal ministry settings.  In addition to rigorous training in biblical studies (including hermeneutics and biblical theology), Christian thought (including theology and historical perspective), students develop skills necessary to provide short-term pastoral care services, as well as how to create networks of support and referral. 

Students interested in pursuing chaplaincy opportunities should check with related agencies to determine educational requirements.

This program is not designed to prepare an individual for a professional career in clinical counseling.  (Students wishing to prepare for state licensure should consider applying to our Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program).

Biblical Studies Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Biblical Theology

Christian Thought Requirements (19 Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Theological Research
  • The Church to the Reformation
  • The Church Since the Reformation
  • Theology Survey I
  • Theology Survey II
  • Ethics Elective
  • World Missions/Evangelism Elective

Pastoral Care & Counseling Concentration Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Foundations for Leadership
  • Preaching: Principles & Practices or The Teacher & the Teaching Task
  • Healthy Relationships in Ministry
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Counseling/Ministry Elective
  • Counseling/Ministry Elective
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Pastoral Ministry or Readiness for Ministry (Capstone Choice)

General Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Denominational Concentrations

Gordon-Conwell also offers concentrations for certain denominations and denomination groupings.  Students desiring to pursue ordination after graduating from seminary should check with their ordaining body for educational requirements.

MACL

Click the link below to view the MACL program requirements.

MACL Requirements 

In addition to rigorous training in biblical studies (including hermeneutics and biblical theology), Christian thought (including theology and historical perspective), students are also immersed in hands-on redemptive servant leadership training that can be applied to any leadership context.

Students desiring to pursue ordination after graduating from seminary should check with their ordaining body for educational requirements.

Biblical Studies Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Biblical Theology of Leadership

Christian Thought Requirements (19 Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Theological Research
  • The Church to the Reformation
  • The Church Since the Reformation
  • Theology Survey I
  • Theology Survey II
  • Ethics Elective
  • World Missions/Evangelism Elective

Pastoral Ministry Concentration Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

  • Foundations for Leadership
  • The Person of the Christian Leader
  • Managing Conflict
  • The Christian Leader as Communicator
  • Church & Non-Profit Administration
    Teams and Teambuilding
  • Internship Rotations (3)
  • Christian Leadership Project (Capstone)

Two General Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Mentored Ministry and Internship 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 faithful 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.

Online Programs Distinctives

Seminary is about shaping the head, heart, hands for kingdom service.  For most of theological education's history, this was only possible physically relocating in order to study.  With the advent of new tools and technologies, the seminary experience has not only been made accessible to students wherever they live, but is continually optimized to meet the changing needs of students and their respective callings.  Current distinctives include:

Flexible Digital Course Deliveries

Students have the option of completing their program primarily online through digital class formats including Digital Live, online, and web-enhanced, which are described below.

Digital Live – Digital Live courses are designed for students who desire to participate in the real-time seminary classroom anywhere in the world.  Students are able to engage live with their Professor and Learning Teams.  In between class sessions, students complete on-demand online coursework.

Semlink+  –  Semlink+ courses are designed for students who desire maximum schedule flexibility.  Under the active oversight of a Professor, students complete on-demand online coursework each week with strategic and scheduled real-time moments between the students and the Professor and other students throughout the course.

Web-Enhanced – Web-Enhanced courses are a blend between on-demand and real-time course formats and are typically only found in the M.Div. or Professional Degree Programs.  Students complete weekly on-demand online coursework, have scheduled live online meetings, but also come together for a 2.5 day Residency experience.

Low Residency Requirements

Students always have the option to take as many residential courses as they desire at any of Gordon-Conwell's four campuses.  With careful planning, students who wish to maximize program flexibility can complete select MACM degree concentrations or the MACL degree with as few as three, five-day, campus visit total (approximately one visit per year).*  Specific Residency requirements are described below:

  • MACM Pastoral Ministry Concentration: Can be completed with as few as three, five-day, campus visits total (approximately one visit per year).
  • MACM Ministry Practitioner Concentration: Can be completed with as few as three, five-day, campus visits total (approximately one visit per year).
  • MACM Pastoral Care & Counseling Concentration: The number of campus visits depends upon which counseling/ministry electives taken.  The minimum number of campus visits for this program is currently four.
  • MACL Program: Can be completed with as few as three, five-day, campus visits total (approximately one visit per year).
  • Denominational Concentrations (Anglican, Lutheran): Contact Charlotte Admissions at charlotteadmissions@gordonconwell.edu for current requirements.

*This is dependent upon taking two Web-Enhanced courses with back-to-back 2.5 day Residencies. 

Student Care and Support In addition to ongoing support from the program advisor, every student is assigned a Student Care Representative who walks along side the student throughout their seminary journey and provides coaching, prayer support, and assists the students with any questions that arise along the way.
Learning Teams and Tutor Support In all Digital Live and select other Semlink+ and web-enhanced courses, students will experience being a part of Learning Teams, who undertake carefully designed collaborative assignments and projects to meet the course's learning outcomes.  In addition, in select courses (particularly Greek and Hebrew), students have access to regular tutoring. 
Digital Resources and Books Gordon-Conwell is a member of the Digital Theological Library, which provides free access for students to more than 160,000 ebooks, over 160 databases, over 20,000 journal titles, over 20,000,000 peer-reviewed, full-text articles, and more than 11,000 hours of counseling evideos.
Digital Tools for Collaborative and Global Engagement Gordon-Conwell continues to invest each year in new digital tools to enhance collaborative learning and global engagement.
Integrative Online Events

Every Fall and Spring, students attend one Klipowicz Integrative Event online or on campus.  Students can choose from the following:

  • Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership Conference (every August)
  • Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity Lecture (every October and January)
  • Alumni Forum (every March)

Learn More

Primarily Online Master of Divinity
Professional Primarily Online Degree Programs
Academic Primarily Online Degree Programs
Fully Online Certificate Program
Digital Class Formats and Experiences
Application Information
Financial Aid and Tuition
Student Life and Support

Next Steps

If you are ready to begin your seminary journey, we invite you to start an application today!

Need Guidance? We Can Help!

Is a professional degree at Gordon-Conwell right for you and your calling?  Our caring Admissions staff can help you discern.  Fill out an information request form or call us at (855) 211-2474.