The Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) is ideal for workers who wish to be trained without leaving their workplace or home countries.
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The 2-year MA programs at DTS have a common core of Bible and theology coursework, and the MACS also has free electives you can direct toward your area of interest or calling.
BE5101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
BE5102 Old Testament History I
BE5103 Old Testament History II & Poetry
BE5104 Old Testament Prophets
BE5105 The Gospels
BE5106 Acts & Pauline Epistles
BE5107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation
BE5109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles
NT5110 New Testament Introduction
HT5200 History of Doctrine
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology
ST5103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
ST5105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology
Ministry and Research
PM5101 Christian Life and Witness
SF5100 Spiritual Formation
Electives – 12 credits
Approved Communication Course
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The program leading to the Master of Arts degree with a major in Christian Studies (MACS) is designed to provide a graduate-level biblical and theological foundation for various kinds of Christian service. This degree is designed primarily for lay leaders who desire training for more effective ministry within their church or organization. The MACS may also provide supplemental training for those engaged in parachurch ministries or those in support positions with missions agencies or churches. Those who are seeking full preparation for vocational ministry should apply for admission to one of the professional degree programs.
The MACS is offered in English, Chinese, and Spanish with some customized requirements. The program can be completed entirely online in English. Most of the courses in the Chinese-language MACS can be completed online, but some will need to be completed in residential (majority face-to-face) format in Dallas, Houston, or Hong Kong. See www.dts.edu/Chinese or contact the Chinese Studies office for more information on completing the MACS in Chinese.
All students in the MACS program will be able to:
- demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of the major books;
- evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, a knowledge of premillennial theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues;
- communicate biblical and theological knowledge to a contemporary audience;
- evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit;
- evidence an interest and involvement in the local church or other ministries with which they are associated; and
- minister within a local church or other group by means of leadership skills, evangelism, and service.
In addition, to the above goals, students in the Chinese-language version of the MACS will also be able to:
- design an effective strategy for Chinese ministry and
- communicate biblical and theological knowledge to a contemporary Chinese audience.
Admission requirements and application procedures for the MACS are the same as for all programs of study at the seminary. Students generally will not be admitted into this degree program without goals consistent with the ministries for which the program is designed to equip them.
Transfer of Credit
Transfer of up to 31 hours of credit is allowed toward the MACS program from accredited graduate programs in related fields of study. Students must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar’s office for information on eligibility for transfer credit.
While the MACS can be completed entirely online, all of the courses are also offered as classroom courses on the main Dallas campus. Most of the courses are also available at the seminary’s extension campuses. This is to enhance the learning objectives of certain subjects that may be better achieved through a live interactive setting as well as for those who prefer a traditional face-to-face format.
Not all of the MACS courses are offered in a live face-to-face format in Chinese. Some are offered live at the Dallas and Houston campuses, and 30 hours can be completed in face-to-face courses in Chinese at the seminary’s extension in Hong Kong. For more information on course availability in Chinese, contact the office of Chinese Studies.
Regardless of the mode of delivery (online or in face-to-face classes in Dallas or at an approved extension), at least fifty percent of the course work required for the degree must be earned through DTS.
All work toward the MACS degree must be completed within seven years from the time of initial matriculation. Extension of this time limit requires approval of the Credits Committee. Reinstatement to the degree after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.
Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MACS students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation (SF) groups each of their first four consecutive fall and spring semesters at the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC Campus. Online MACS students or those who are not planning to move to Dallas or Houston for four consecutive semesters must contact the Spiritual Formation office and apply for an alternative program for completing their Spiritual Formation requirements.
In the SF 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. SF is a noncredit, transcripted experience. The prerequisite for all required internships is SF5100 Spiritual Formation (or an approved SF substitute).
Students in the Chinese-language MACS must contact the Chinese Studies Department concerning how to meet their Spiritual Formation requirement.
Students entering the English MACS with a strong background in Bible or theology from an approved Christian university, Bible college, or parachurch ministry may apply for the accelerated program during the admissions process. In place of core courses in the MACS curriculum, accelerated participants take four advanced standing courses (AS5103–5106). This results in a curricular reduction of up to 12 credit hours. The accelerated program is limited to students taking courses on the Dallas campus.
For more information about the accelerated program visit www.dts.edu/advancedstanding.
Sixty-three credit hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 24 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 21 are in prescribed Theological Studies courses, 6 hours are in Ministries and Communication courses, and the remaining 12 hours are electives in courses of interest to the student. No thesis is required.