Accelerated BA and MA in Christian Ministries

Excellent preparation to serve God and the Church while saving time and money!

Get a head start on a seminary degree. Look into AU’s accelerated BA in religion and MA in Christian Ministry.

We are introducing a new way to complete your Bachelor of Arts in Religion along with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) in only five years.

How does it work?

The accelerated BA/MACM is designed for helping traditional undergraduate students like you to move on to seminary after you complete a BA in Religion at Ashland University.

Twelve credits from religion classes in the BA are applied to the MACM as advanced standing.  Also, up to 15 additional hours of electives in the BA degree are classes taken at the Seminary. This means you can get started on your MACM while doing your BA in Religion from AU! One year after graduating with a BA you can successfully complete the MACM from ATS!

Ministry experience while still an undergraduate

You don’t have to wait until seminary to gain experience. Working with the Office of Christian Ministry at AU, there are opportunities for summer internships with churches and ministry experience during the semester.

What you'll learn:

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is designed to equip graduates for effective ministry and competent leadership primarily in congregational settings. The degree provides a foundation in ministerial theory and practice that will assist students to pursue ministry.

Once you complete your accelerated MACM you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry with multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skills related to your areas of service.

Application Process

Since students taking courses at ATS as part of the accelerated BA/MACM cannot be formally admitted into the seminary until they have completed the BA in Religion, the following standards will be used to enroll those university students in classes at ATS as part of the accelerated degree.

  1. Interested students will submit a letter to the chair of the AU Religion Department indicating a desire to enroll in the Accelerated BA/MACM Degree.
  2. The student will provide a one to two page essay outlining their sense of calling to ministry and how the BA/MACM degree will help them prepare for that calling.
  3. The AU Religion chair will send the letter and the essay to the ATS registrar and dean along with a letter of recommendation from the chair.
  4. The ATS registrar will evaluate the AU student transcripts to determine compatibility based on GPA (3.0) and courses taken thus far.
  5. The student will attend an interview with the ATS admissions staff. The ATS dean may opt to interview the student as well.
  6. If all of the above steps are completed and ATS determines the student satisfies the necessary requirements, the admissions staff and/or dean will give the student a letter of acknowledgement indicating that the student can begin taking courses at ATS as part of the accelerated degree. The letter will indicate that ATS will accept 12 hours advanced standing from the AU Religion department as per the agreement between ATS and AU. Once the student has successfully completed the BA in religion at AU, he or she will be enrolled at ATS to complete any outstanding requirements for the MACM.
  7. Before the student can enroll in ATS in year five she/he will need to complete the MACM application. However, acceptance will be assumed based on numbers five and six above.