The Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) program offers a two-year professional degree with the primary purpose of equipping persons for competent leadership in various forms of educational ministry in congregations and other religious institutions. The MACE program is also offered in a one-year course design for students who have completed a Master of Divinity degree.
The school year is divided into four 10-week terms – Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each course is worth 5 credit hours. All required MACE courses are offered Friday evenings and Saturdays only. Elective credits can be met in a variety of ways with advisor guidance. MACE course offerings range as follows:
- Non-traditional hours – Theses courses meet one evening per week for 4 hours. We also offer Saturday courses. Non-traditional hour courses are offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms.
- Online – We do not offer an entirely online program; however, we offer several online courses. Online courses are offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms.
- Year-Long – Eight-month courses offered each fall term and that run from September through May, meeting only once per month. Registration for year-long courses is open only in the fall term.
The two-year Master of Arts in Christian Education Program requires the completion of 90 quarter hours of credit (18 courses). The one-year Master of Master of Arts in Christian Education Program requires the completion of 45 quarter hours of credit (9 courses).
Students entering the two year program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with the demonstrated capacity for graduate study and evident fitness for ministry. Students entering the one year program must have earned a M.Div. from an accredited institution. The admission process varies among programs so please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for details.
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For more information regarding the Master of Arts in Christian Education program admission requirements or any of our academic programs please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions at
The type of funding a student is eligible to receive depends on several factors. All students are therefore asked to complete a need-analysis document known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to submit this form early (even before actual admission). If you have questions regarding financial aid please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Financial Aid at (804) 354-5924.