Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE)
For those serving in student, adult, children’s, and any other teaching or administrative ministries.
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.
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.
|BE5101||Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics||3|
|BE5102||Old Testament History I||3|
|BE5103||OT History II & Poetry||2|
|BE5106||Acts & Pauline Epistles||3|
|BE5107||Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation||3|
|BE5109||Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles||3|
|ST5101||Theological Method and Bibliology||3|
|ST5103||Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology||3|
|ST5105||Sanctification and Ecclesiology||3|
|Educational Ministry & Leadership||11|
|EML5101||Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership||3|
|EML5105||Teaching Process and Media Presentations||3|
|EML5110||History & Philosophy of Christian Education||3|
|INT5160||MACE Ministry Formation Internship||2|
|Electives & Spiritual Formation||15|
|PM5101||Christian Life and Witness||3|
* Students may substitute EML105 Teaching Process and Media
Presentations (3 hours) for EML103 and EML104
Use our Degree Plan Worksheet resource to chart out your MACE degree. For a description of courses offered, please see the catalog.
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.
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 the MACE Ministry Formation internship (INT5160 MACE Ministry Formation Internship). No thesis is required.
All students in the MA in Christian Education degree program are required to take EML5101 Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership, EML5110 History and Philosophy of Christian Education, EML5105 Teaching Process and Media Presentations, and INT5160 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.
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 SF5100-1, EML5110, and completion of half of their DTS course work.
Additional Spiritual Formation courses focusing on leadership may be taken as electives.
Avenues for wholistic training
See the many ways students are prepared for a lifetime of fruitful ministry
Logos Bible Software
Every student at DTS receives a copy of Logos Bible Software customized with additional commentaries and resources, and DTS courses integrate Logos into assignments and learning.
Sexual Awareness Training
DTS has partnered with MinistrySafe to offer training on sexual abuse, effective preventative protocols, addressing the needs of abuse survivors, and an appropriate response to abuse allegations arising in ministry environments.
The DTS experience includes life-on-life connection in small groups (Spiritual Formation), on the job training for real world ministry skills (Ministry Formation Internships), and opportunities to serve, pray, and worship in community.
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.
More scholarships, less debt
Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional educational debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 4 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year.
Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.
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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.
How to get started
The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.
1. Submit Application
Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.
2. Send Transcripts and References
Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.
3. Committee Evaluation
DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.
4. Register for courses
When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.
You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.
Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.
You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.
Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.