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ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

MARC
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
DEGREE
48
HOURS TO COMPLETE
2
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
Degree Plan
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The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural or international ministry through an emphasis on missional discipleship—the making of and living as disciples of Jesus Christ within the larger context of God’s redemptive mission to the culture and the whole world. The degree equips students to engage with and minister in a variety of cultural contexts in light of the challenges of globalization, urbanization, and religious pluralism.

THREE DEGEEE TRACKS

The MARC offers three degree track options. All tracks cover the same essential core material but each also allows for specific emphases depending on the student's area of interest and concentration.

  • The MARC General Track offers a broad biblical foundation for ministering in cross-cultural or international contexts.
  • The CMI Missional Discipleship Track, offered in conjunction with our City Ministry Initiative (CMI), prepares students for the particular challenges involved in ministering the gospel in city/urban settings.
  • The FSI Cultural Apologetics Track, offered in conjunction with our Francis A. Schaeffer Institute (FSI), gives students the tools for developing a deeper understanding of the culture(s) around us to communicate the gospel more effectively.

MARC CMI and FSI FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Through the generosity of our donors, the MARC program is able to offer up to 8 Fellowships per year in the CMI and FSI MARC tracks. These Fellowships include a tuition scholarship of up to 50 percent and the opportunity to serve a wide-ranging, practical ministry internship with either CMI or FSI, or approved affiliate ministries, depending on the student’s degree track.

WAYS TO PURSUE THIS DEGREE

Students may pursue the MARC in several ways: full time, part time, day or evening on-campus study, and part time through online education. Up to 23 credit hours may be taken online; the remaining 25 hours must be completed through regular semester classes and/or intensive weekend, January term, and summer classes.

PRACTICAL MINISTRY COMPONENT

For CMI and/or FSI Fellows, this program requires commitment to a Formation Group that meets weekly in the first year, as well as a commitment to attending and assisting with hosting CMI/FSI events.

For all MARC students, the program requires a minimum of 150 hours of mentoring-in-ministry experience, such as that gained by serving in approved church or other ministry settings.

MDIV CMI MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP FELLOWSHIP OPTION

MDiv students may augment their degree by pursuing the MDiv CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship option, which requires the student to take 9 credit hours of courses from the CMI Missional Discipleship curriculum—6 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives (see the MDiv degree page for details).

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DEGREE DESCRIPTION

MARC – General Track

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
OT500 OT History & Theology 3
PT310 Spiritual & Ministry Formation 2
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
WM310 God’s World Mission 3
Electives‡ 2
NT500 NT History & Theology 3
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
ST310 God & Humanity: Foundations of Counseling 4
WM524 Intercultural City Ministry 3
Total Units: 24 0 10 2 12
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
CC310 Apologetics & Outreach 3
EM301 Educational Foundations 3
ST330 Christ & Salvation 3
WM540 People’s Religious Traditions 3
Electives‡ 2
CH200 Story of Christianity 3
MA298 Capstone Supervision 2
ST350 Spirit, Church & Last Things 2
Electives‡ 3
Total Units: 24 0 12 2 10

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

FIELD EDUCATION 150 hours of field work are required for graduation; these hours will be transcribed in two 75-hour units (FE301 and FE302) when the Field Education Office has approved completion of hours.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM
FIELD EDUCATION (2 units)
CURRICULUM UNITS 48 (41 core hours; 4 religion and cultures elective hours; 3 unrestricted hours)
SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

‡ 4 elective hours must be in religion and cultures (courses with the WM prefix). Electives may be taken in any term.

MARC - CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship Track

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
OT500 OT History & Theology 3
PT310 Spiritual & Ministry Formation* 2
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
WM310 God’s World Mission 3
Electives‡ 1 CMI elective
NT500 NT History & Theology 3
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
ST310 God & Humanity: Foundations of Counseling* 4
WM524 Intercultural City Ministry 3 MARC core
Total Units: 23 0 10 1 12
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
Electives‡ 2 CMI elective
CC310 Apologetics & Outreach 3
EM301 Educational Foundations 3 MARC core
WM311 City Ministry Practicum I 1 CMI core
ST330 Christ & Salvation 3
WM528 Transformational Community Development 2 CMI core
Electives‡ 1 CMI elective
CH200 Story of Christianity 3
MA298 Capstone Supervision 2
WM312 City Ministry Practicum II 1 CMI core
ST350 Spirit, Church & Last Things 2
WM571 Theologies of the Civil Rights Era 2 CMI core
Total Units: 25 2 12 1 10

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

FIELD EDUCATION 150 hours of field work are required for graduation; these hours will be transcribed in two 75-hour units (FE301 and FE302) when the Field Education Office has approved completion of hours. Accumulation of field hours will begin in conjunction with WM311 City Ministry Practicum I.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM
FIELD EDUCATION (2 units)
CURRICULUM UNITS 48 (32 MA core hours; 6 MARC core hours; 6 CMI Fellowship hours; 4 CMI Fellowship electives)
SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

* Students registered for the courses so marked will be assigned to mandatory personal formation Cohort Groups which will meet 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will be notified by Student Life, after the end of registration, of their assigned group leader and day.

‡ Elective hours must be CMI-approved courses (e.g., CC561 Calling, Vocation, and Work or WM519 Church and Society). Electives may be taken in any term.

MARC - FSI Cultural Apologetics Fellowship Track

First Year Summer Fall Jan-Term Spring
CC310 Apologetics & Outreach 3
OT500 OT History & Theology 3
PT310 Spiritual & Ministry Formation* 2
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
Electives‡ 1 FSI elective
CC573 History and Variety of Apologetics 2 FSI core
NT500 NT History & Theology 3
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
ST310 God & Humanity: Foundations of Counseling* 4
Total Units: 22 0 10 1 11
Second Year Summer Fall Jan-term Spring
Electives‡ 2 FSI elective
EM301 Educational Foundations 3 MARC core
CC311 Cultural Apologetics Practicum I 1 FSI core
ST330 Christ and Salvation 3
WM310 God’s World Mission 3
WM540 People’s Religious Traditions 3 MARC core
Electives‡ 1 FSI elective
CC521 Common Objections to the Christian Faith 2 FSI core
CH200 Story of Christianity 3
MA298 Capstone Supervision 2
CC312 Cultural Apologetics Practicum II 1 FSI core
ST350 Spirit, Church & Last Things 2
Total Units: 26 2 13 1 10

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam, or satisfactorily complete for-credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

FIELD EDUCATION 150 hours of field work are required for graduation; these hours will be transcribed in two 75-hour units (FE301 and FE302) when the Field Education Office has approved completion of hours. Accumulation of field hours will begin in conjunction with CC311 Cultural Apologetics Practicum I.

BIBLE CONTENT EXAM
FIELD EDUCATION (2 units)
CURRICULUM UNITS 48 (32 MA core hours; 6 MARC core hours; 6 FSI Fellowship hours; 4 FSI Fellowship electives)
SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

* Students registered for the courses so marked will be assigned to mandatory personal formation Cohort Groups which will meet 10–11 a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will be notified by Student Life, after the end of registration, of their assigned group leader and day.

‡ Elective hours must be FSI-approved courses. Electives may be taken in any term.

Master of Divinity
The newly revised MDiv is our primary ministry training program, designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry by engaging the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
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93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
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64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
NEW Early Action option for MAC: Apply by Nov. 1 and hear back from us by Dec. 15. Regular Action applications must be complete by Jan. 31. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term. See "Learn More" for details.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
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30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
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30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1. Application Deadlines: For a January start -- November 1; For a Summer start -- May 1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
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60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural or international ministry through an emphasis on missional discipleship along three degree track options: the General track, the CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship track and the FSI Cultural Apologetics Fellowship track.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings. NEW FOR 2014: Earn this degree through the EVENING PROGRAM or our FULLY ONLINE OPTION!
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
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20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.