Master of Arts in Christian Studies (M.A.C.S.)

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies program prepares students for specialized ministries in various settings. It seeks to form students with professional and Christian understandings of their specific ministerial goals.

Goals

The M.A.C.S. program aims to foster and equip students to have the following qualities:

  1. Comprehensive understanding of the Bible and theology.
  2. Ability to apply such an understanding to ministry settings.
  3. Growth in personal and spiritual maturity.
  4. Ability to conduct self-assessment in personality, character, and ministerial gifts.
  5. Passion for global evangelism.
  6. Cultural sensitivity in interpersonal relationships and ministry settings.
Admission Requirements
  1. A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
  2. Converted and baptized for at least two years.
  3. A demonstration of personal and spiritual maturity, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
  4. The ability to understand Mandarin. (An interview will be given to assess listening comprehension)
  5. Proof of English proficiency is required. A minimum TOEFL score of 470/ 52 (TOEFL iBT) is required. (Applicants with a bachelor’s or higher degree from English-speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)
Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 52 units of coursework.  This includes 39 units of core courses and 13 units of elective courses.

Duration and Location

The program must be completed between 2 to 7 years. Students may petition for an extension on a case-by-case basis.

Core Courses

1. Biblical Studies (15 units)

2. Theological & History Studies (12 units)

3. Practical Theology (11 units)

4. Field Education  (0 unit)

FES521   Short-term Mission (0)

5. Capstone Project (1 unit)

TSS570    Capstone Project      (1) Last Semester elective.


Church Life

Students are required, with the exception of the first semester, to participate in local church activities.

Transfer Students
  1. All transfer students from other accredited seminaries must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 83.5%), and complete an application in accordance with the Scholastic Regulations.
  2. For all other transfer situations, please refer to “Transfer of Credits” in Scholastic Regulations.
Graduation Requirements
  1. Complete 52 units of coursework with a GPA of at least 2.0 (C or 75%).
  2. Attend the seminary retreat at least once during the program.
  3. Obtain academic clearance.
  4. Students who have 3 or less credit units remaining towards the complete of their degree program may still attend the commencement. Such students must show proof of registration for the remaining units in the following summer term.