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The Master of Christian Studies (MCS) at Union University is designed especially for bi-vocational pastors, missionaries, church planters, foreign nationals planting ethnic churches in the U.S., and church staff members. Laypersons who want to be better equipped biblically will also benefit from the program.
Available entirely online, the program may be completed in only two years.
Study and Ministry
MCS students become biblically and theologically grounded while developing ministry skills. In the on-site programs, students are encouraged to apply classroom learning to local church ministry through directed assignments. The highly interactive program focuses all courses on the missions task of the church within the context of biblical and theological studies.
MCS courses are foundational, in terms of the student’s ability to think biblically and theologically, and synergistic, fostering effective ministry. MCS students become biblically and theologically grounded while developing ministry skills that integrate faith and learning.
The 36-credit hour degree can be completed in one to two years. Most MCS courses, whether on one of Union's campuses or online, are offered in an accelerated eight-week format. They are offered at least once every year.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will acquire competence in (and deepen them analytical skills as they reflect on) the biblical text, theology, and Christian history, as well as how these apply to the ministries of churches.
- Students will acquire skill in Bible study methods, Bible-preaching/teaching, and leadership principles.
- Students will integrate what they learn in classes with the ministry they complete in their church or ministry setting.
- Students will be more motivated to participate in and lead their churches in advancing the kingdom of God.
- Students will demonstrate a commitment to apply Scripture to their personal lives and ministries.