Programs

Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.)

Charlotte & Richmond Campuses

The purpose of the M.A.C.E. degree program is to prepare women and men to become professional educators in Christian congregations or other educational settings.

Graduates of the Master of Christian Education program serve in various capacities and ministerial settings: churches, camps, schools, non-profit organizations, conference centers, and ecclesial governing bodies.

Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Admission

    • Candidates for the M.A.C.E. program normally must have received a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies in the United States or hold an equivalent educational credential from another country.

      An interview with a member of the faculty is required. There are three ways in which you may interview: in person on either campus, by Skype, or by phone. Please contact Laura Nealley, Admissions Assistant, at 804-278-4221 or by email at lnealley@upsem.edu to arrange your interview.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • The M.A.C.E. program ordinarily requires a minimum of two years of full-time study on the Richmond campus. On the Charlotte campus, the M.A.C.E. program ordinarily requires three years of part-time study.

  • Course Requirements

      • Required courses (39 hours)
      • Biblical Studies (12 hours)
      • Theology and Ethics (6 hours)
      • Education and Ministry (12 hours)
        • The Christian Life (EDU166)
        • Teaching Ministry of the Church (EDU186)
        • Theory for Education in Religion (EDU263)
        • Aspects of Human Growth and Development (EDU272)
      • Church in the World (6 hours)
        • THE 102 - Introduction to Christian Ethics
        • One course selected from among a set of approved electives and supervised ministry experiences in the areas of evangelism, interfaith relations, or community engagement.
      • Supervised Field-based Learning (3 hours)
      • Elective Courses* (21 hours)
        • *12 hours must be EDU or INT with education emphasis
      •  Total 60 hours
  • Hybrid

    • The course structure seeks to accommodate the busy schedules of adults with careers and families. The time required to complete the M.A.C.E. through the Extended Campus Program will vary depending on several factors: how many classes are taken each term, enrollment status, and whether transfer credit from another institution is accepted. The minimum time required to complete the M.A.C.E. through the Extended Campus Program is ordinarily five years of continuous enrollment in two courses per term, the maximum number of courses per term allowed.

      The fall term begins with seven weeks of study at home starting in September, continues with a 6-day period of classes on the Richmond campus in November, and may include submission of a final project or paper. The spring term begins with study at home for a seven-week period from January to February, continues with classes on the Richmond campus for a 6-day period beginning at the end of February, and may include submission of a final project or paper. Attendance at all class sessions of the on-campus periods in November and February is required of all students enrolled in classes each term.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Charlotte & Richmond Campuses

Students come to seminary for the M.Div. degree program in search of knowledge, skills for ministry, and a profound experience in community of the gospel’s liberating power.

Graduates of the Master of Divinity program serve in various capacities and ministerial settings: churches, camps, hospitals, schools, non-profit organizations, conference centers, and ecclesial governing bodies.

Master of Divinity
  • Admission

    • Candidates for the M.Div. program normally must have received a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the nationally-recognized regional accrediting agencies in the United States, or hold an equivalent educational credential from another country.

      An interview with a member of the faculty is required. There are three ways in which you may interview: in person on either campus, by Skype, or by phone. Please contact Laura Nealley, Admissions Assistant, at 804-278-4221 or by email at lnealley@upsem.edu to arrange your interview.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • The M.Div. program ordinarily takes at least three years to complete on the Richmond campus, or five years on the Charlotte campus.

  • Course Requirements

      • Required courses (66 hours)
      • Biblical Languages (12 hours)
      • Biblical Studies (12 hours)
      • Theology, Ethics & History (15 hours)
      • Practical Theology/Education and Ministry (12 hours)
        • EDU186 - Teaching Ministry of the Church
        • PRA 102 - Introduction to Pastoral Care
        • PRA 103 - Introduction to Preaching and Worship
        • Preaching and Worship elective (from set of approved electives)
      • Church in the World (9 hours)
        • An approved course in each of the following areas, with at least 1 of the courses (3 hours) being in supervised ministry:
        • Evangelism
        • Community Engagement
        • Interfaith Relations
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
      • Elective courses (24 hours)
      •  Total 90 hours

Master of Divinty/Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.Div - M.A.C.E.)

Charlotte & Richmond Campuses

Students in this program plan to make Christian education a significant part of their ministry, whether or not they seek ordination.

Dual degree graduates serve as associate pastors of Christian education, youth ministers, hospital chaplains, campus ministers, camp and conference directors, “solo” pastors with a full range of responsibilities, and in other roles.

Master of Divinty/Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Admission

    • Candidates for the M.Div./M.A.C.E.  program normally must have received a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the nationally-recognized regional accrediting agencies in the United States, or hold an equivalent educational credential from another country.

      An interview with a member of the faculty is required. There are three ways in which you may interview: in person on either campus, by Skype, or by phone. Please contact Laura Nealley, Admissions Assistant, at 804-278-4221 or by email at lnealley@upsem.edu to arrange your interview.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • Students may earn both a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree and a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div./M.A.C.E.) in four years on the Richmond campus, or seven years on the Charlotte campus.

  • Course Requirements

      • Required Courses (81 hours)
      • Biblical Languages (12 hours)
      • Biblical Studies (12 hours)
      • Theology, Ethics, and History (15 hours)
      • Practical Theology/Education and Ministry (24 hours)
        • PRA 102 - Introduction to Pastoral Care
        • PRA 103 - Introduction to Preaching and Worship
        • Preaching and Worship elective
        • EDU 127 - Worship, Sacraments, and Education
        • EDU 166 - The Christian Life
        • EDU 186 - The Teaching Ministry
        • EDU 263 - Theory for Education in Religion
        • EDU 272 - Aspects of Human Growth and Development
      • Church in the World (9 hours)
        • An approved course in each of the following areas, with at least 1 of the courses (3 hours) being in supervised ministry:
        • Evangelism
        • Community Engagement
        • Interfaith Relations
      • Elective Courses (39 hours)
        • (including 12 hours of EDU electives)
      •  Total 120 hours

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Richmond Campus

The purpose of the Th.M. degree is to provide an additional year of academic preparation beyond the Master of Divinity degree for Christian leadership in pastoral and educational ministries, or in preparation for further graduate work.

Master of Theology graduates have an advanced understanding of a focused area or discipline in the context of general theological study.

Master of Theology
  • Admission

    • Applicants for admission to the Master of Theology program must hold a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the nationally recognized regional accrediting agencies or the international equivalent, and must have received a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline from a seminary or university accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada or its international equivalent.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • All enrollments in the Th.M. program must begin in a fall term. Union Presbyterian Seminary currently offers the Th.M. with concentrations in the following fields: Biblical Studies (Old Testament or New Testament); History of Christianity; Theology and Ethics; and Christian Education. Th.M. studies are coordinated by the student’s faculty advisor and the director of graduate programs. Typically, Th.M. students complete the coursework and graduate in one academic year.

  • New Scholarships for Th.M. Students

    • Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to offer scholarships equal to full tuition for students in the Masters of Theology program. To be eligible, applications for the program must be complete by March 1.

  • Course Requirements

    • All Th.M. students will successfully complete at least 30 semester hours, including a Th.M. thesis or summative project, and an oral exam based on their thesis or their summative project. Some Th.M. students may choose to concentrate their studies in a particular field (e.g., New Testament, American Christianity), while others may draw upon the resources of various departments.