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Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE)

For those serving in student, adult, children’s, and any other teaching or administrative ministries.

Overview

From youth ministry to higher education

If you love teaching people to grasp the life changing power of God’s word and seeing how the gospel can transform lives, Christian education might be right for you.

Logos Bible Software

Every incoming student receives $14,000 worth of Logos Bible Software. Students who graduate with a master’s or doctoral degree will be able to keep the software for life.

All 66 books of the Bible

A 2-year MA at DTS offers more Bible and theology than a 3-year MDiv at most seminaries, including all 66 books (even Nahum) and an entire course on the Trinity.

Curriculum

Rich theology paired with modern education

The 2-year MA programs at DTS have a common core of Bible and theology coursework along with specific training in your preferred area of ministry.

66 Hours
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Biblical Exposition 22
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE104 OT Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 3
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3
Educational Ministry & Leadership 11
EML101 Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership 3
EML102 History & Philosophy of Christian Education 3
EML103 Teaching Process 2
EML104 Media Presentations 1
INT165 MA/CE Ministry Formation Internship 2
Electives & Spiritual Formation 15
Elective(s) 12
PM105 Christian Life and Witness 3
SF100 Spiritual Formation 0
Details

Common Goals for Professional MA Programs

Students in all of professional MA programs at DTS 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; and
  • evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.

Goals for MA in Christian Education

In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, students in this program will be able to:

  • develop a biblical philosophy of Christian education;
  • demonstrate knowledge and needs of at least one ministry population, state biblical goals for that ministry, and apply appropriate educational principles to that ministry;
  • organize, administer, and evaluate an educational program based on stated goals and objectives, working successfully with people from a variety of ministry situations; and
  • communicate effectively in a Christian education ministry setting.

Course Requirements

Sixty-six semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 are in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 3 are in the Christian Life and Witness course, 9 are in prescribed Educational Ministries and Leadership courses, 12 are elective Educational Ministries and Leadership hours, and 2 hours are in an internship (INT165 MACE Ministry Formation Internship). No thesis is required.

All students in the MA in Christian Education degree program are required to take EML101 Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership, EML102 History and Philosophy of Christian Education, EML103 Teaching Process, EML104 Media Presentations, and INT165 MACE Ministry Formation Internship. In addition, each student must select 12 hours from one of the 10 available ministry concentrations. Concentration courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Students in the MA in Christian Education (MACE) program are required to take MinistrySafe’s Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. 

Spiritual Formation

Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MACE students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups for four consecutive fall and spring semesters at the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC campus. (MACE 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 Spiritual Formation Office concerning how to meet 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, EML102, and completion of half of their DTS course work.

Additional Spiritual Formation courses focusing on leadership may be taken as electives.

Stories

Educational ministry in churches, schools, and parachurch ministries

God has placed our graduates in a variety of ministry settings including churches, classical schools, seminaries, and global parachurch ministries.

USAF Veteran Lavonne Shingler’s Ministry to Women
DTS Graduate Jana Thompson Coaches DC Students
Dr. Bernard Fuller’s Message of Hope
Nate Bearfield’s Journey From The Kitchen to the Classroom
DTS Grad Kat Armstrong creates ministry for young professional women
Finances

Graduate from seminary debt-free

Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 4 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year. 

Scholarship List

Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.

Financial Aid Calculator

Visit our tool to calculate your costs and see how affordable seminary can be with scholarships, church support, and payment options.

Doctrine

What we believe

DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.

Bible
the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
Trinity
the Trinity
Hypostatic Union
Christ’s full deity and humanity
Gavel
the spiritual lostness of the human race
Resurrection
Christ’s substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
Salvation
salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
Return of Christ
the physical return of Christ
Admissions

How to get started

The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.

Application Steps

Start

1. Submit Application

Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.

transcripts

2. Send Transcripts and References

Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.

Committee

3. Committee Evaluation

DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.

Register

4. Register for courses

When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.

Admissions Criteria

Faith

You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.

Character

Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.

Gifting

You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.

Academics

Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.

Information

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