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Integrated Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Business Administration (M.A.C.M., M.B.A.)

DR. SCOTT STEVENS
Program Director 

The integrated Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed to prepare students to serve in roles requiring both theological education and administrative skills. Examples of such positions include church administrators, denomination/associational leaders, leaders of missions organizations, and leaders of faith-based service organizations and non-profits.

Integration is achieved in two ways. First, students are able to pursue both degrees simultaneously, creating a synergism between the two curricula. Second, pursuing these two degrees separately would require a total of 69 hours of course work; by recognizing 9 hours of the MBA coursework as fulfilling the concentration requirement in the MACM, the total coursework for the integrated program is 60 hours.


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Courses

Course List

To see course descriptions, visit the Academic Catalog.

MACM Requirements (36 Hours)    36
(9 hours common to both the MACM degree and the MBA degree)
Core Courses (18 hours)    18
Ministry Studies - 6 hours from the following:
CHRM 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
CHRM 5302 Elementary Children’s Ministry
CHRM 5303 Family Ministry
CHRM 5304 History of Missions
CHRM 5305 Strategies for Missions
CHRM 5306 Theology of Missions
CHRM 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
CHRM 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
CHRM 5312 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
CHRM 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church
CHRM 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry
CHRM 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
CHRM 5360 World Christianity
Christian Traditions - 6 hours:
CHRM 5300 The Baptists
CHRM 5360 World Christianity
Biblical and Theological Studies - 6 hours from the following:
CHRM 5309 New Testament Exegesis
CHRM 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
CHRM 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture
CHRM 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
CHRM 5320 Old Testament Theology
CHRM 5330 New Testament Theology
CHRM 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
CHRM 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel
CHRM 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
Foundations Electives - 6 hours from the following:
Any Ministry Studies core courses
Any Biblical and Theological Studies core courses
Business Leadership Specialization - 12 hours
MBAE 5301 Entrepreneurial Leadership
Any 9 hours from the Master of Business Administration curriculum other than MBAE 5301
NOTE: The 9 hours from the MBA curriculum are common to both degrees.
MBA Requirements (33 hours)    33
(9 hours common to both the MBA degree and the MACM degree)
Semester 1
MBAE 5301 Entrepreneurial Leadership
MBAE 5302 Economics and the Free Market
Semester 2
MBAE 5303 Marketing Concepts and Strategies
MBAE 5304 Social Media Information Systems
MBAE 5312 Business Research and Decision Making
Semester 3
MBAE 5306 Managerial Accounting
MBAE 5307 Financial Concepts and Processes
MBAE 5313 Leading and Managing Change
Semester 4
MBAE 5309 Strategic Human Resource Management
MBAE 5310 Strategic Management
MBAE 5311 Formulating and Implementing Strategy
Total: Minimum sixty (60) credit hours for the Integrated MACM/MBA

Overview

MISSION STATEMENT 
The mission of the Department of Religion is to equip students to be life-long learners of the Bible, models of growing disciples of Jesus Christ, servant leaders, and agents of God’s transformative work among churches and the world. 

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY 
The nature of graduate education is to foster an environment with the student as an active participant in the learning process as leader, researcher, and practitioner. Significant time is spent on the review of the literature of the discipline. The activities of the course are writing intensive, engage the biblical text more closely and thoroughly than is typical in an undergraduate course, require careful, detailed analysis of diverse and conflicting interpretations, incorporate reflective thought on the part of the student, include an increased expectation of independent research, and necessitate a search for additional resources to bring to class to inform discussion. At their discretion students may work in collaborative groups to complete the course goals and objectives, but each student must be prepared to participate personally in seminar discussions and presentations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
For the Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, students will complete a total of 36-37 graduate credit hours with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years of being granted full admission. Read more about the requirements on the Graduation Requirements page.

DISMISSAL FROM PROGRAM 
1. Students who fail to achieve full admission after the completion of nine graduate hours will be dismissed from the program.
2. Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise the grade point average. Following that semester, failure to regain at least a 2.75 grade point average will result in dismissal from the program.
3. Students who earn a grade of “D” or “F” in any one course may be dismissed from the program based on a recommendation from the Program Director and Dean.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
 1. Students will (a) construct a biblical approach to ministry and (b) design a personal philosophy of ministry grounded in Scripture and tailored to his or her calling, personality, and gifting.
 2. Students will demonstrate skills in Christian ministry such as (a) leading devotions on biblical concepts and passages and (b) planning worship services.
 3. Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare Bible studies or sermons
 4. Students will (a) demonstrate knowledge of the seven pillars of leadership, and/or (b) evaluate models of Christian leadership, and/or (c) demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of Christian servant leadership to ministry situations.
 5. Students will apply key principles and strategies used in contemporary global missions.
 6. Students will demonstrate skills in using the various methodologies of biblical interpretation in analysis of selected biblical texts.
 7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of major doctrinal themes of the Christian faith, their biblical foundations, and their historical and contemporary expressions.
 8. Students will identify and explain the basic contributions to moral philosophy and Christian ethics of key figures of the Western tradition.
 9. Students will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of evangelistic methods used worldwide.
10. Students will defend the biblical and theological basis for evangelism and display proficiency in sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.

Manual for Research Theses and Ministry Project Reports
Course Rotation

Summer 2020
CHRM 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
CHRM 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2020
CHRM 5300 The Baptists
CHRM 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
CHRM 5306 Theology of Missions
CHRM 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
CHRM 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership 

Spring 2021
CHRM 5304 History of Missions
CHRM 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
CHRM 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
CHRM 5330 New Testament Theology 
CHRM 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 

Summer 2021
CHRM 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
CHRM 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2021
CHRM 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
CHRM 5303 Family Ministry
CHRM 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
CHRM 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul 
CHRM 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
CHRM 5360 World Christianity

Spring 2022
CHRM 5300 The Baptists
CHRM 5305 Strategies for Missions
CHRM 5309 New Testament Exegesis
CHRM 5312 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
CHRM 5320 Old Testament Theology
CHRM 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Summer 2022
CHRM 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
CHRM 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry