The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.
The professional Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree prepares men and women for organizational leadership roles in church, parachurch, missions and marketplace contexts.
"The MACL program provides a graduate level theological education for people called to senior leadership roles which might not involve a pulpit. The program enhances ministry and leadership skills both theologically and practically for those of us who are already serving. This degree is providing me with a strong biblical, theological and ministry oriented foundation with a specialized study in leadership. And with the ministry residency program I can earn credit towards my MACL degree by studying alongside my ministry."
*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.
In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, located on the MA Overview page, students in this program will be able to:
Sixty-three semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 hours are in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 3 are in the Christian Life and Witness course, 15 are leadership related courses from the Division of Ministries and Communication, 1 is in Orientation and Research Methods, and 3 hours are in an internship. A 1-hour summative research project is also required.
Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MACL students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups for four consecutive fall and spring semesters at either the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC campus. (MACL students who are not planning to be in residence in Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Department and apply for an alternative program for completing their Spiritual Formation requirement.
In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry.
Because students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. Internship prerequisites include successful completion of SF100-1, EML101, and completion of half of their DTS course work.
Additional Spiritual Formation courses focusing on leadership may be taken as electives.
Students in the MA in Christian Leadership (MACL) program are required to take MinistrySafe's Sexual Abuse Awareness Training.
The Mobile MACL is designed to allow qualifying students to stay in their current ministry while completing the requirements for the degree. The Mobile MACL is a cohort delivery model that allows students in a particular locale to go through the program together. DTS partners with local church and parachurch ministries to offer the degree. Locations are approved by the seminary as needed and when a sufficient number of students to comprise a cohort are enrolled in the program. DTS currently operates the MACL mobile cohort model at three locations: Auckland, New Zealand; New York, NY; and Northwest Arkansas (though additional cohorts at these locations are not guaranteed). The seminary continues to consider new locations at which to offer the Mobile MACL.
The model includes 3 face-to-face courses at the mobile location, 6 courses (21 hours) in residence at the Dallas campus, and the remaining hours in online courses. In order to minimize time away from work and ministry, the residency courses in Dallas are special week-long courses at four different times during the degree program. During these weeks students complete online work before coming to Dallas, fulfill the residency requirements for courses in one week at Dallas, and complete online work after returning home. In the end, students spend a total of four weeks in Dallas over the course of the program.
For additional information on the mobile model and on current locations and new locations for the Mobile MACL, go to www.dts.edu/mobile.
Qualifying students may complete a ministry residency (an internship local to the student with intensives on the Dallas campus). See www.dts.edu/ministryresidency for detailed explanation. Thus, after 41 hours online and a 12-hour ministry residency, only 9 hours need to be completed in a class room to earn the MACL. These 9 hours can be completed through week- long intensives in Dallas or Houston, or through regular courses at any of our distance locations approved to offer the degree.
Ministry Residency Servant Leadership Internship
Hear what our students are saying about the Ministry Residency:
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL) and Master of Theology (ThM) students now have the option of completing either a three credit hour Servant Leadership Internship or the new 12-credit hour Ministry Residency. Learn more about this option.
Most classes in Washington, DC are “hybrid” which means they meet on campus for three Saturday-only sessions during a semester and supplement that in-person time with additional online video components.
Alternate courses may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Students can complete the entire MACL degree at any of our approved campuses (Dallas, Houston, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Knoxville, San Antonio, or Tampa), but the degree can also be completed in any city through a combination of online classes, an internship, and week-long intensive courses.
To study via distance, you can break down your course work as follows:
The Mobile MACL enables you to stay in your current ministry while DTS partners with your local church to offer a seminary degree tailored to help you better love and serve your people. Learn about our current Mobile MACL programs.
DTS Profs in Your City
Complete in 4 Years
Only 4 Weeks in Dallas
The MACL degree is uniquely suited to completing at a remote location with only some coursework in Dallas. Currently, DTS has programs operating or developing , Fargo, Nashville, Northwest Arkansas, New York City, and Pittsburgh.
There are three types of courses offered in the Mobile MACL, MACS, and CGS—courses in your city, in Dallas, and online. We have specifically designed the course rotation so that every other semester either we send a professor to you to teach a live course, or you come to Dallas for specially designed courses for Mobile MACL, MACS, and CGS students.
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