Master of Arts, Christian Studies

You've heard God's call and are eager to answer. At Palm Beach Atlantic University, we are eager to help prepare you for the great journey the Lord has in store for you.

The MACS is offered in a traditional day format on-ground at the West Palm Beach campus, or in a non-traditional weekend format at our Orlando campus. With the Orlando Campus conveniently located near I-4 and the Florida Turnpike, this mode of delivery will enable students living outside the Orlando area to take classes at the Orlando Campus and to complete their degree without having to relocate.

The MACS degree is designed to prepare those who are eager for an advanced seminary education to further their personal or vocational goals. While some studying for the MACS degree will be preparing for vocational ministry, others want to integrate an advanced theological education into their businesses, careers or lay ministries. 

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Our MACS degree is on the cutting edge of seminary education in several ways:

  • A concentrated 36 credit-hour MACS degree that can be completed in two years (full-time) or more (part-time) according to one's schedule.
  • An advanced seminary education that builds on solid undergraduate preparation in theology and ministry without repeating introductory courses
  • A strong core curriculum in biblical, theological and practical studies that also retains the flexibility to concentrate in a particular area (e.g. Bible, practical ministry, history, theology, biblical languages) 
  • A robust degree that includes a thesis or a comprehensive examination, which allows students the option of pursuing a particular area of study or documenting the breadth and depth of their theological knowledge 
  • A dynamic degree taught alongside other seminary students preparing for vocational ministry, which offers an enriching experience both in and out of the classroom 
  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in Christian Ministry, Biblical Studies or Christian Studies from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of 15 hours of specified, pre-requisite coursework on the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Submit:
  • A completed online application* and $45 nonrefundable fee (Click on the drop-down arrow to select the Graduate application)           
  • Official transcript from college/university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college/university where prerequisite courses were taken
  • Two specific confidential recommendations (academic and ministerial)
  • Two specific writing samples (requirements will be provided)
  • Informed consent form

     4.   Faculty interview – Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.

* International students should inquire about additional admission requirements.

Admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must submit a non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment, no later than 30 days before classes begin. 

The estimated tuition for the entire Master of Arts in Christian Studies is $20,760. This includes tuition for 36 credit hours ($570/credit) and the Resource Fee ($135/semester). This is based on the two-year, full-time accelerated degree plan.

*Cost based on 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students.Scholarships are available to qualified students based on merit and need. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Learn more about opportunities for Financial Aid; for questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.

PBA’s growth in graduate and professional programs has provided additional scholarship opportunities to become available through faithful donors wanting to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For additional information about these scholarship opportunities for your program, please contact the School of Ministry at contact grad@pba.edu or 561-803-2623.

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