Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (M.A.C.L.) is designed to provide basic theological and ministry education for persons who want to be better equipped for ministry and/or advance in their employment setting, but who have little or no previous theological education and have limited time to attend graduate school. Its design also qualifies a missionary candidate whose mission board requires a year of graduate theological education for appointment (e.g., those undertaking specialized assignments, such as in medicine or agriculture). Applicants choose from two specialized program tracks: Spiritual Leadership or Educational Leadership.


Minimum Degree Requirements (36 Hours)



EMS 101        Personal Evangelism
THS 102         Survey of Theology


Core Curriculum (36 Hours)

BIB 505             Biblical Hermeneutics
EMS 525           Intercultural Communication
EMS 550           History and Theology of Missions
MIN 505           Christian Leadership
MIN 612           Organizational Management
MIN 614           Educational Ministry in the Church
MIN 616           Principles of Teaching
PHI 502            Philosophy of Religion
PHI 540            Moral Philosophy
THS 504           Spiritual Foundations

One of the following:

MIN 625          Topics in Leadership
MIN 710          Topics in Ministry

One of the following:

THS 603          Church History
THS 604          Baptist History and Distinctives


Applied Studies

AMP 500         Applied Ministry Project (non-credit, required each semester)


*Graduate students need only take the degree prerequisites listed above, not the prerequisites for those classes listed in the undergraduate course descriptions. All degree prerequisites must be completed within the first 50% of course work for the degree. Until degree prerequisites are satisfied, a prerequisite must be taken each semester in which a student is enrolled.