Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Equip yourself for robust teaching, service, or international ministry with world-class training from Westminster faculty. Develop the confidence and competence you need, no matter your location or calling. You’ll complete twelve courses in biblical studies, theology, and ministry all while being supported by our passionate faculty and student support team, leveraging the latest technology for simple and intuitive learning.
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Program Design

Core Courses
  1. Bible Survey
  2. Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  3. Introduction to Apologetics
  4. Survey of Church History
  5. Theological Foundations
  6. Survey of Reformed Theology
  7. Old Testament Theology for Application
  8. New Testament Theology for Application

Customize your degree with a range of specialized studies. Available courses may include:

  1. Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (Coming soon!)
  2. Biblical Theology of Worship (Coming soon!)
  3. Theology and Secular Psychology
  4. Human Personality
  5. Dynamics of Biblical Change
  6. Counseling in the Local Church
  7. Counseling and Physiology
  8. More coming soon!


Summative Evaluation

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of theological disciplines and their understanding of their importance for matters of life and ministry through the completion of a summative evaluation. Students may complete one of the following to fulfill this requirement: Comprehensive Exam, Integrative Paper, Capstone Project

Online Student Course Reviews

487 reviews
5 Stars55.2%
4 Stars32.4%
3 Stars9.9%
2 Stars1%
1 Star1%
Elizabeth O.
Overall the course was wonderful, and I would highly recommend to anyone who is a student interested in ministry. Loved the diversity of meeting with people from around the world.
Juan D.
The Westminster Online Learning team has been the most excellent online help I have yet received in my education. I would like to have more little assignments throughout the term instead of the larger ones in some classes.
Peter L.
I love it! The small group experience is, for me, one of the highlights of this class. Our instructor was also personable, did research to answer our questions, and was quick to respond to email and other student concerns.
Etorré R.
Loved the video lectures. I do wish it were more like Netflix where it goes to the next lecture immediately.
Byron F.
My instructor was very encouraging throughout the course. It seemed he did everything in his power to help us succeed.

Theological Training for Every Calling

Whether you are a Christian businessman or businesswoman looking to grow your work and leadership in an understanding of Scripture and theology, a missionary or pastor looking for further training, or a lay leader in your local church wanting fundamental categories to better serve and lead, the online Master of Arts in Christian Studies meets you in your current ministry. Throughout this program, you'll gain foundational training in Christian studies as you prepare for various ministry, work and life settings. And working alongside diverse and experienced peers in a small group setting you'll also grow and develop in a wise application of the rich course material.

Program Schedule

Intro Weeks
  • Meet your faculty and classmates through video introductions.
  • Connect with your small group for the first time online face-to-face.

Program Schedule

Typical Weeks
  • Hear from faculty as they interact with your course’s last small group assignments.
  • Meet with your small group on your own schedule to process the upcoming week’s content and submit your next assignment.

Program Schedule

Final Weeks
  • Submit your final projects, exams or papers.
  • Complete course feedback to help us keep improving your student experience!
Who Will benefit from this degree?

Students earn the MACS degree to gain foundational training in Christian studies as they prepare for various ministry, work and life settings. Examples of typical applicants include:

  • Christian businessmen and businesswomen wanting to grow their work and leadership in an understanding of Scripture and theology
  • K-12 teachers and school administrators who are looking to be grounded in a solid, Christian worldview
  • International leaders desiring to be better equipped to teach the Word
  • Deacons and ruling elders who want in-depth preparation for ministry
  • Pastors looking for continuing education
  • Missionaries who are called to stay in the field while gaining further training
"I am taking three online classes. They are fantastic... all tools are performing well and making education fun and accessible."
"This institution is an absolutely amazing reality. Thank you, Westminster, for your commitment to the Bible. Thank you for your Reformed theology—your solidity and symbolic presence."
John Piper
JOHN PIPER Founder and Leader of and Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary
"Studying biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary was a life-shaping experience for me.”
PHILIP GRAHAM RYKEN President, Wheaton College
"I think Westminster and their emphasis on biblical theology and the emphasis on philosophical apologetics stand out, and most schools don’t go that deep.”
TIMOTHY KELLER Founder, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Frequent Questions
Will the MACS prepare me to become an ordained pastor?
This program is designed for Christians who are leaders within and outside of the church who want an introduction to the core aspects of their Christian faith and its relevance to their life and work. Those considering pastoral ordination should consider Westminster's MDiv degrees.
How long does it take to earn an MACS degree?
The degree timing is flexible, but most students finish in 1.5-3 years
Is the MACS an accredited program?
The MACS is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools.