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

Charlotte and 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.

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 Tanya Wineland, Admissions Assistant, at 804.278.4221 or by email at to arrange your interview.

Residency and 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.

Summary of Course Requirements for the M.A.C.E. Degree

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
              For more information about these courses, click here.

Supervised Field-based Learning (3 hours)

Elective courses (21 hours, of which at least 12 hours must be EDU or INT with education emphasis)

Total 60 hours

Extended Campus Program (ECP)

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 ECP 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 ECP 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.