Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM)


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Program Description

Empowering faithful Christian leaders for every generation, culture, and community

Carey Theological College's Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program is for students who are looking to develop the capacity for theological reflection on vocation, ministry and missional living. Students will remain rooted in their primary community throughout their studies, continuing to grow and learn in their place of life and ministry. Their studies and ministry will complement each other as they continue to live out God's call in their life and vocation. 

Program Snapshot

  • Program Director: Carey Academic Staff
  • Academic Qualifications: A recognized Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a B average in Undergrad studies
  • Suitable Candidates: Typical students are Christian leaders desiring further theological education that is contextualized to their specific ministry setting
  • Total Credits: 48
  • Program Tuition: $345 per credit
  • Part-time Study Duration: 4 years

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Streams of Specialization 


The goal of this specialization is to further equip and empower preachers to preach the good news with greater insight into the task of preaching and with a greater understanding of the news preachers preach.

Spiritual Formation (through the participation of the CSF) 

The Center for Spiritual Formation (CSF) exists to cultivate a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ within the lives of its participants. The program provides a variety of learning experiences that involves instruction and reflection, thoughtful practice and spiritual companionship, service, and prayer.

Bible Study and Teaching

The Bible Study and Teaching specialization are designed to help Christian leaders and pastors to go deeper in their understanding of God’s word and equip them with the tools to teach the Bible to others.

North American Chinese Church Ministries (NACCM)

The North American Chinese Church Ministries (NACCM) specialization is designed to provide contextualized training for leadership in trilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese, and English) and bicultural (Chinese and Western) North American Chinese Church communities, helping students to learn, reflect, dialogue, and integrate the universal Christian tradition within the North American Chinese church context, in order to take up roles as second and third-generation leaders and to meet the particular challenges and opportunities in the modern Chinese church.

Campus/College Student Ministries

Through a partnership with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Carey has developed a Diploma program in Campus/College Student Ministries, providing training and resources to enrich ministry in a campus environment or among young adults in the local church. Courses in this area may be taken as electives in Carey’s Master's Programs to form a specialization in Campus and/or College Student Ministries.

Program Features

Through this program students will be able to:

  • Develop capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection on vocation and ministry in their specific contexts;
  • Construct meaningful applications of their Christian faith in their daily living and vocation;
  • Acquire necessary skillsets for practicing missional living in the context of their vocational call;
  • Express growth in personal, relational, and spiritual maturity.

The curriculum incorporates the opportunity to specialize in an area such as interdisciplinary theology, Chinese church ministry, and missional communities.

The MACM program is embedded into the life of the church and is best suited to students who are able to regularly act and reflect in the context of a ministry setting. It is normally only offered to those who will be in active ministry roles for the duration of the program.


Your professional development matters as you study. Our faculty take special care in designing high-quality courses that strengthen your professional skills as part of the learning process.


Through our innovative course design, you will be able to engage with other MACM students from all over the world, as well as with our faculty and peers, to gain unique perspectives as you complete your coursework.


We encourage collaborative learning with other Christian leaders who will challenge you to a greater level of excellence while fostering lifelong friendships in ministry.


We believe that you'll learn best when grounded within the context of a ministry setting. Not only will you personally benefit but your co-workers, family, and friends will also share in the fruit of applying your MACM studies in the real world.


Our growing roster of excellent adjunct faculty brings world-class experience to your studies. Through customizable program streams, you will be able to create meaningful learning opportunities with the support of engaged supervisors.

Course Requirements

(Total: 48 credits)

Foundation courses (18 credits)

  • MLOS - Graduate Studies Orientation (Mandatory) - 0 credit
  • COR510 - Intro to Old Testament 1 - 3 credits
  • COR511 - Intro to Old Testament 2 - 3 credits
  • COR520 - Intro to New Testament 1 - 3 credits
  • COR521 - Intro to New Testament 2 - 3 credits
  • COR530 - Intro to Christian Thought 1 - 3 credits
  • COR531 - Intro to Christian Thought 2 - 3 credits

Direction courses  (9 credits)

  • INDS610 - Faith & Life: Church - 3 credits
  • THEO504 - The Gospel in a Multi-Cultural World - 3 credits
  • APPL625 - Interpersonal Skills & Conflict Resolution - 3 credits

Specialization courses (12 credits)

12 credits in total - choose any available specialization or elective course up to a total of 12 credits.

Synthesis courses (9 credits)

  • CAPS700 - 9 credits

Non-credit Requirement

  • Orientation, Retreat, Small Groups, Spiritual Disciplines, Cultural Immersion
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

We provide theological education through accredited programs ranging from certificate to doctoral degrees; equip the local church with online resources, workshops, seminars, retreats, and conferences; ... Read More

We provide theological education through accredited programs ranging from certificate to doctoral degrees; equip the local church with online resources, workshops, seminars, retreats, and conferences; and disciple students of the University of British Columbia through our unique Christian community and residence program. Read less