Degree 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 you to become a professional educator in Christian congregations or other educational settings. Graduates serve in various capacities and ministerial settings: churches, camps, schools, non-profit organizations, conference centers, and ecclesial governing bodies.

Our M.A.C.E. program is 36 credit hours, making it possible for you to complete your degree in just 2 years in our Richmond and Charlotte programs.

Students take courses in biblical studies and theology (9 hours), as well as educational theory, educational practice, and faith formation (9 hours). Supervised ministry work (6 hours) and an integrative mentored project (3 hours) help draw together classroom studies and practical experiences. Students can also pursue special interests through elective courses (9 hours).

If you would like more information about the M.A.C.E. degree, contact our Admissions office at 804-278-4221 in Richmond or 980-636-1662 in Charlotte.

Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Prerequisites

    • 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 two ways in which you may interview: by Zoom or by phone. Please contact Admissions at 804-278-4221 or by email at admissions@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 two years of part-time study.

  • Course Requirements

      • Bible (6 hours)
        • BIBL101 – Biblical Interpretation – Old Testament
          • The Bible department has approved BIBL110 or BIBL210 to fulfill this requirement in 2017-2018.
        • BIBL102 – Biblical Interpretation – New Testament
          • The Bible department has approved BIBL120 or BIBL220 to fulfill this requirement in 2017-2018.
      • Theology (3 hours)
        • THEO101 – Theology I -OR- THEO201 – Theology II
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
        • SVCE101 – Christian Education Internship I
        • SVCE201 – Christian Education Internship II
      • Education Core (9 hours)
        • Educational Theory (choose one)
          • EDTH110 – The Teaching Ministry of the Church
          • EDTH210 – Models of Teaching
          • EDTH220 – Contemporary Theology & Education
          • EDTH310 – Theory for Education in Religion
          • EDTH320 – Spiritual Theology & Christian Education
        • Faith Formation (choose one)
          • FTHF110 – Ministry with Children and Families
          • FTHF111 – Nurturing Child & Adolescent Spirituality
          • FTHF120 – Adult Religious Education
          • FTHF130 – Digital Culture & Spirituality
          • FTHF210 – Faith & Human Development
        • Educational Practices (choose one)
          • EDPR110 – Curriculum & Resources for Christian Education
          • EDPR120 – The Christian Life
          • EDPR130 – Community Engaged Teaching & Learning
          • EDPR131 – Christian Teaching & the Public Realm
          • EDPR210 – Teaching the Bible
      • General Electives (9 hours)
        • Students may choose 3 general elective courses from among Union courses.
      • Integrative Project (3 hours)
        • PROJ101 – Christian Education Integrative Project
      •  Total 36 hours
  • Blended Learning Program

    • *Applications to the Blended Learning Program are not being accepted at this time as we are evaluating the program.*

      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 Blended Learning 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 Blended Learning Program is ordinarily three years of continuous enrollment in two courses per term, the maximum number of courses per term allowed.

      The fall term includes 11 weeks of study at home starting in September and running through mid-December, with a 6-day period of classes on the Richmond campus in October. The spring term follows a similar pattern from mid-January through April, with classes on the Richmond campus for a 6-day period in late February or early March. Attendance at all class sessions during the on-campus periods is required of all students enrolled in courses each term.

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

Richmond Campus

The M.A.C.E. program in Global Format provides international students with an opportunity to explore Christian education cross-culturally and dialogically with peers from diverse contexts. Students enrolled in this format will complete their degree in two years of full-time study, the first year on the Richmond campus and the second year in their home countries through distance education courses. It also is open to a limited number of U.S. students who want to explore cross-cultural ministries by spending their second year in an international setting in which they meet supervised ministry and other course requirements.

The program’s emphasis is on analyzing and translating educational theories and practices into culturally appropriate ministries wherever students may serve the Church.

If you would like more information about the M.A.C.E. degree in Global Format, contact our Admissions Office at 804-278-4221 in Richmond, or email admissions@upsem.edu.

Master of Arts in Christian Education in Global Format
  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • The M.A.C.E. in Global Format program ordinarily requires two years of full-time study, the first year on the Richmond campus and the second year via distance education in a cross-cultural setting. Students will earn 21 credit hours in their first academic year as full-time students in residence, and 15 credits in their second academic year after returning to their home country (or in an international setting if they are U.S. students).

  • Course Requirements

    • A student must complete 36 semester credit hours and meet the course requirements detailed below. Each M.A.C.E. student shall participate in the advising process, described in the Academic Catalog. This process provides structured opportunities that support intentional, reflective integration of the academic work of students with their personal, spiritual, and vocational formation.

      M.A.C.E. Degree Curriculum (36 credit hours)

      • Bible (6 hours)
        • BIBL101 – Biblical Interpretation- Old Testament • BIBL102 – Biblical Interpretation- New Testament
      • Theology (3 hours)
        •  THEO101 – Theology I – or – THEO201 – Theology II
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
        • SVCE101 – Christian Education Internship I
        • SVCE201 – Christian Education Internship II
      • Education Core (9 hours)
        • Educational Theory (choose one)
          • EDTH110 – The Teaching Ministry of the Church
          • EDTH116 – Education for Justice and Advocacy
          • EDTH210 – Models of Teaching
          • EDTH220 – Contemporary Theology & Education
          • EDTH310 – Theory for Education in Religion
          • EDTH320 – Spiritual Theology & Christian Education
        • Faith Formation (choose one)
          • FTHF110 – Ministry with Children and Families
          • FTHF111 – Nurturing Child & Adolescent Spirituality
          • FTHF112 – Contemporary Literature and Christian Spirituality
          • FTHF113 – Intergenerational Ministries
          • FTHF120 – Adult Religious Education
          • FTHF130 – Digital Culture & Spirituality
          • FTHF210 – Faith & Human Development
        • Educational Practices (choose one)
          • EDPR110 – Curriculum & Resources for Christian Education
          • EDPR120 – The Christian Life
          • EDPR130 – Community Engaged Teaching & Learning
          • EDPR131 – Christian Teaching & the Public Realm
          • EDPR210 – Teaching the Bible
      • Electives (9 hours)
      • Integrative Project (3 hours)
        • PROJ101 – Christian Education Integrative Project
      • Total 36 hours

      The M.A.C.E. program is designed to integrate learning in the classroom with learning in field settings. In these settings, students have the opportunity to engage critically in educational ministry, to identify their gifts and develop self-assessment skills, and to increase their confidence as responsible educators.

  • Additional Requirements for Graduation

    • The faculty considers three factors before recommending a student to the board of trustees for a degree or other recognition at graduation: 1) the course of study pursued, 2) the quality of work done, and 3) the quality of life manifested. In the usual language of the Reformed tradition, that quality of life should be “becoming to a minister of the gospel.”

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. UPSem has a placement rate of 92% within the first 12 months. (Facts & Figures)

Beginning in Summer 2017, we will offer two pathways to the Master of Divinity degree. Biblical languages will no longer be required to complete the degree. However, the biblical languages will still be available to students who choose, or are required by their denomination, to complete those courses. The degree program, with or without the languages, will be 81 credit hours.

Financial aid is available for M.Div. students on both campuses.

Master of Divinity
  • Prerequisites

    • 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 two ways in which you may interview: by Zoom or by phone. Please contact Admissions at 804-278-4221 or by email at admissions@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 - English Exegesis

      • Bible (12 hours)
        • BIBL110 – Old Testament I
        • BIBL120 – New Testament I
        • BIBL210 – Old Testament II
        • BIBL220 – New Testament II
      • History, Theology, Ethics (15 hours)
        • HIST101 – History I
        • HIST201 – History II
        • THEO101 – Theology I
        • THEO201 – Theology II
        • ETHC101 – Introduction to Christian Ethics
      • Preaching & Worship (6 hours)
        • PRAW100 Introduction to Christian Worship
        • PRAW200 Introduction to Preaching & Public Proclamation
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • PCAC101 Introduction to Pastoral  Care
      • Christian Education (3 hours)
        • Choose either one Educational Theory course (indicated by an EDTH course number) or one Faith Formation course (indicated by a FTHF course number).
      • Church in the World (6 hours)
        • Choose two Church in the World courses (indicated by a CITW course number with some exceptions; email the Registrar’s Office for a full list).
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
        • SVMN101 – Supervised Ministry Internship I
        • SVMN201 – Supervised Ministry Internship II
      • Elective courses (30 hours)
        • Students may choose 10 general elective courses from among Union courses.
      •  Total 81 hours
  • Course Requirements - Hebrew/Greek Exegesis

      • Bible (12 hours)
        • LANG110 – Hebrew I
        • LANG120 – Greek I
        • LANG210 – Hebrew II
        • LANG220 – Greek II
      • Bible (12 hours)
        • BIBL201 – Old Testament I
        • BIBL202 – New Testament I
        • BIBL301 – Old Testament II
        • BIBL302 – New Testament II
      • History, Theology, & Ethics (15 hours)
        • HIST101 – History I
        • HIST201 – History II
        • THEO101 – Theology I
        • THEO201 – Theology II
        • ETHC101 – Introduction to Christian Ethics
      • Preaching & Worship (6 hours)
        • PRAW100 Introduction to Christian Worship
        • PRAW200 Introduction to Preaching & Public Proclamation
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • PCAC101 Introduction to Pastoral  Care
      • Christian Education (3 hours)
        • Choose either one Educational Theory course (indicated by an EDTH course number) or one Faith Formation course (indicated by a FTHF course number).
      • Church in the World (6 hours)
        • Choose two Church in the World courses (indicated by a CITW course number with some exceptions; email the Registrar’s Office for a full list).
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
        • SVMN101  -Supervised Ministry Internship I
        • SVMN20 1- Supervised Ministry Internship II
      • General Electives (18 hours)
        • Students may choose 6 general elective courses from among Union courses.
      •  Total 81 hours

Master of Divinity/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 degrees 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 Divinity/Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Prerequisites

    • 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 two ways in which you may interview: by Zoom or by phone. Please contact Admissions at 804-278-4221 or by email at admissions@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 five to six years on the Charlotte campus.

  • Course Requirements - English Exegesis

      • Bible (12 hours)
        • BIBL110 – OldTestament I
        • BIBL120 – NewTestament I
        • BIBL210 – OldTestament II
        • BIBL220 – NewTestament II
      • History, Theology, & Ethics (15 hours)
        • HIST101 – History of Christianity I
        • HIST201 – History of Christianity II
        • THEO101 – Theology I
        • THEO201 – Theology II
        • ETHC101 – Introduction to Christian Ethics
      • Preaching & Worship (6 hours)
        • PRAW100 Introduction to Christian Worship
        • PRAW200 Introduction to Preaching & Public Proclamation
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • PCAC101 Introduction to Pastoral  Care
      • Education Core (4 courses- one from each of the three subcategories plus one of your choice) (12 hours)
        • Educational Theory (choose at least one)
          • EDTH110 – The Teaching Ministry of the Church
          • EDTH210 – Models of Teaching
          • EDTH220 – Contemporary Theology & Education
          • EDTH310 – Theory for Education in Religion
          • EDTH320 – Spiritual Theology & Christian Education
        • Faith Formation (choose at least one)
          • FTHF110 – Ministry with Children and Families
          • FTHF111 – Nurturing Child & Adolescent Spirituality
          • FTHF120 – Adult Religious Education
          • FTHF130 – Digital Culture & Spirituality
          • FTHF210 – Faith & Human Development
        • Educational Practices (choose at least one)
          • EDPR110 – Curriculum & Resources for Christian Education
          • EDPR120 – The Christian Life
          • EDPR130 – Community Engaged Teaching & Learning
          • EDPR131 – Christian Teaching & the Public Realm
          • EDPR210 – Teaching the Bible
      • Church in the World (6 hours)
        • Choose two Church in the World courses (indicated by a CITW course number with some exceptions; email the Registrar’s Office for a full list).
      • Supervised Ministry (12 hours)
        • SVMN101 – Supervised Ministry Internship I
        • SVMN201 – Supervised Ministry Internship II
        • SVCE101 – Christian Education Internship I
        • SVCE201 – Christian Education Internship II
      • General Electives (30 hours)
        • Students may choose 10 general elective courses from among Union courses.
      • Integrative Project (3 hours)
        • PROJ101 – Christian Education Integrative Project
      •  Total 99 hours
  • Course Requirements - Hebrew/Greek Exegesis

      • Languages (12 hours)
        • LANG110 – Hebrew I
        • LANG120 – Greek I
        • LANG210 – Hebrew II
        • LANG220 – Greek II
      • Bible (12 hours)
        • BIBL201 – Old Testament I
        • BIBL202 – New Testament I
        • BIBL301 – Old Testament II
        • BIBL302- New Testament II
      • History, Theology, & Ethics (15 hours)
        • HIST101 – History of Christianity I
        • HIST201 – History of Christianity II
        • THEO101 – Theology I
        • THEO201 – Theology II
        • ETHC101 – Introduction to Christian Ethics
      • Preaching & Worship (6 hours)
        • PRAW100 Introduction to Christian Worship
        • PRAW200 Introduction to Preaching & Public Proclamation
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • PCAC101 Introduction to Pastoral  Care
      • Education Core (4 courses- one from each of the three subcategories plus one of your choice) (12 hours) 
        • Educational Theory (choose at least one)
          • EDTH110 – The Teaching Ministry of the Church
          • EDTH210 – Models of Teaching
          • EDTH220 – Contemporary Theology & Education
          • EDTH310 – Theory for Education in Religion
          • EDTH320 – Spiritual Theology & Christian Education
        • Faith Formation (choose at least one)
          • FTHF110 – Ministry with Children and Families
          • FTHF111 – Nurturing Child & Adolescent Spirituality
          • FTHF120 – Adult Religious Education
          • FTHF130 – Digital Culture & Spirituality
          • FTHF210 – Faith & Human Development
        • Educational Practices (choose at least one)
          • EDPR110 – Curriculum & Resources for Christian Education
          • EDPR120 – The Christian Life
          • EDPR130 – Community Engaged Teaching & Learning
          • EDPR131 – Christian Teaching & the Public Realm
          • EDPR210 – Teaching the Bible
      • Church in the World (6 hours)
        • Choose two Church in the World courses (indicated by a CITW course number with some exceptions; email the Registrar’s Office for a full list).
      • Supervised Ministry (12 hours)
        • SVMN101 – Supervised Ministry Internship I
        • SVMN201 – Supervised Ministry Internship II
        • SVCE101 – Christian Education Internship I
        • SVCE201 – Christian Education Internship II
      • General Electives (18 hours)
        • Students may choose 6 general elective courses from among Union courses.
      • Integrative Project (3 hours)
        • PROJ101 – Christian Education Integrative Project
      •  Total 99 hours

Master of Arts in Public Theology (M.A.P.T.)

Richmond Campus

The purpose of the M.A.P.T. degree program is to deepen the capacity of individuals engaging in Public Theology, a field which draws on biblical, historical, theological, ethical, and practical resources of the Christian faith in order to serve the common good of society. The program is designed for students already engaging issues such as public policy, ecological concerns, economic justice, gender issues, inter-religious dialogue, and issues of race and reconciliation, or planning to make these or similar issues a focus of their future work.

The M.A.P.T. program is related to the work of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s three Centers: the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation, the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership, and the Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center for Christian Education.

The M.A.P.T. program consists of 36 credit hours, making it possible for students to complete the degree in 2 years.

If you would like more information about the M.A.P.T. degree, contact our Admissions office at 804-278-4221 in Richmond or 980-636-1662 in Charlotte.

Master of Arts in Public Theology
  • Prerequisites

    • Candidates for the M.A.P.T. 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 two ways in which you may interview: by Zoom or by phone. Please contact Admissions at 804-278-4221 or by email at admissions@upsem.edu to arrange your interview.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • The M.A.P.T. degree utilizes a hybrid format and relies largely on the use of technology as an instructional medium, with the expectation of 9 hours of in-person instruction for the four required area courses.

  • Course Requirements

      • Required areas, with a focus on the public dimension (12 credit hours):
        • Bible (3 credit hours)
        • Theology or Ethics (3 credit hours)
        • History or Missiology (3 credit hours)
        • Practical Theology or Christian Education (3 credit hours)
      • Center-related courses (9 credit hours): The following list illustrates the kinds of elective courses that may be offered in the program:
        • Biennial conference of the Center for Womanist Leadership, with additional requirements for course credit.
        • A conference that involves two or all three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
        • A series of seminars over an academic term offered by the three Centers.
        • A course that brings together the foci of the three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
        • Courses offered by faculty that tie into the work of one or more Centers.
        • Courses by qualified practitioners that are related to the three Centers.
      • Travel seminar (3 credit hours)
        • Students to whom this presents a hardship could request a waiver from the academic dean and substitute an appropriate elective in relation to the work of one of the three Centers.
      • Electives (6 credit hours)
        • Students may select courses in relation to any of the areas of our curriculum or the work of the three centers. Students may propose one directed study per year, under extraordinary circumstances, under the provisions of the academic catalog.
      • Final project (6 credit hours)
        • The final project may consist of field-based learning, an independent research project, an integrative project, or a combination of these.

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Public Theology (M.Div./M.A.P.T.)

Richmond Campus

Students in this program plan to make public theology (i.e., theology serving the common good) a significant part of their ministry, whether or not they seek ordination.

Dual degrees graduates may serve as pastors and/or workers in various forms of public ministry, including advocacy work for causes such as those related to public policy, ecological concerns, economic justice, gender issues, inter-religious dialogue, and issues of race and reconciliation.

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Public Theology
  • Prerequisites

    • Candidates for the M.Div./M.A.P.T. 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 two ways in which you may interview: by Zoom or by phone. Please contact Admissions at 804-278-4221 or email admissions@upsem.edu, to arrange your interview.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • Students may earn both a Master of Arts in Public Theology degree and a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div./M.A.P.T.) in four years on the Richmond campus. The M.Div./M.A.P.T. dual degree consists of 99 credit hours (75 M.Div. credit hours and 24 M.A.P.T. credit hours) and can be completed in four years. M.Div. courses are primarily in person. Classes for the M.A.P.T. program utilize a hybrid format and relies largely on the use of technology as an instructional medium, with the expectation of three days of in-person instruction for the required area courses during reading week of the fall and spring semesters, and some in-person contact for some of the Center-related courses.

  • Course Requirements

      • MDIV Core Curricular Competencies (51 credit hours)
        • Old Testament (6 credit hours)
        • New Testament (6 credit hours)
        • Theology (6 credit hours)
        • History of Christianity (6 credit hours)
        • Christian Ethics (3 credit hours)
        • Preaching and Worship (6 credit hours)
        • Education (3 credit hours)
        • Pastoral Care (3 credit hours)
        • Supervised Ministry (6 credit hours)
        • Church in the World (6 credit hours) – may be met by MAPT requirements in relation to the work of the Centers and the travel seminar; this would allow for 6 additional hours of electives
      • MDIV Electives (24 credit hours)
        • #1 and #2: Hebrew Option (6 credit hours)
        • #3 and #4: Greek Option (6 credit hours) •Course #5 (3 credit hours)
        • Course #6 (3 credit hours)
        • Course #7 (3 credit hours)
        • Course #8 (3 credit hours)
      • MAPT COMPONENTS (24 credit hours)
        • Required areas, with a focus on the public dimension (9 credit hours): choose 3 from the following areas:
          • Bible (3 credit hours)
          • Theology or Ethics (3 credit hours)
          • History or Missiology (3 credit hours)
          • Practical Theology or Christian Education (3 credit hours)
        • Center-related courses (9 credit hours): choose 3 courses that are related to the work of the Centers. The following list illustrates the kinds of elective Center-related courses that may be offered:
          • Biennial conference of the Center for Womanist Leadership, with additional requirements for course credit.
          • A conference that involves two or all three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
          • A series of seminars over an academic term offered by the three Centers.
          • A course that brings together the foci of the three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
          • Courses offered by faculty that tie into the work of one or more Centers.
          • Courses by qualified practitioners that are related to the three Centers.
        • Travel seminar (3 credit hours)
          • Students to whom this present a hardship could request a waiver from the academic dean and substitute an appropriate elective in relation to the work of one of the three Centers.
        • Final project (3 credit hours)
          • The final project may consist of field-based learning, an independent research project, an integrative project, or a combination of these.

Master of Arts in Christian Education/Master of Arts in Public Theology (M.A.C.E./M.A.P.T.)

Richmond Campus

Students in this program plan to make both Christian Education and Public Theology (i.e., theology serving the common good) a significant part of their ministry.

Dual degrees graduates may serve as Christian Educators and/or workers in various forms of public ministry, including advocacy work for various causes such as those related to public policy, ecological concerns, economic justice, gender issues, inter-religious dialogue, and issues of race and reconciliation.

Master of Arts in Christian Education/Master of Arts in Public Theology
  • Prerequisites

    • Candidates for the M.A.C.E./M.A.P.T. 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 two ways in which you may interview: by Zoom or by phone. Please contact Admissions at 804-278-4221 or by email at admissions@upsem.edu to arrange your interview.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • The M.A.C.E./M.A.P.T. dual degree consists of 60 credit hours, and can be completed in three years. The M.A.C.E. program ordinarily requires a minimum of two years of full-time study o the Richmond campus. Classes for the M.A.P.T. program utilize a hybrid format and relies largely on the use of technology as an instructional medium, with the expectation of three days of full-time study on the Richmond campus. On the Charlotte campus, the M.A.C.E. program ordinarily requires two years of part-time study. In-person instruction on the Richmond campus for the required area courses during reading week of the fall and spring semesters, and some in-person contact for some of the Center-related courses.

  • Course Requirements

      • M.A.C.E.-only components (27 credit hours)
        • Bible/Theology Core (9 credit hours)
          • Old Testament (3 credit hours)
          • New Testament (3 credit hours)
          • Theology (3 credit hours)
        • Education Core (9 credit hours)
          • Educational Theories (3 credit hours)
          • Faith Formation (3 credit hours)
          • Education Practices (3 credit hours)
        • Supervised Ministry (6 credit hours)
        • Integrative Project (3 credit hours)
      • M.A.P.T.-only components (24 credit hours)
        • Required areas, with a focus on the public dimension (9 credit hours): choose 3 from the following areas:
          • Bible (3 credit hours)
          • Theology or Ethics (3 credit hours)
          • History or Missiology (3 credit hours)
          • Practical Theology or Christian Education (3 credit hours)
        • Center-related courses (9 credit hours): choose 3 courses that are related to the work of the Centers. The following list illustrates the kinds of elective courses that may be offered in the program:
          • Biennial conference of the Center for Womanist Leadership, with additional requirements for course credit.
          • A conference that involves two or all three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
          • A series of seminars over an academic term offered by the three Centers.
          • A course that brings together the foci of the three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
          • Courses offered by faculty that tie into the work of one or more Centers.
          • Courses by qualified practitioners that are related to the three Centers.
        • Travel seminar (3 credit hours)
          • Students to whom this present a hardship could request a waiver from the academic dean and substitute an appropriate elective in relation to the work of one of the three Centers.
        • Final project (3 credit hours)
          • The final project may consist of field-based learning, an independent research project, an integrative project, or a combination of these.
      • Electives (9 credit hours)
        • Students may select courses in relation to any of the areas of our curriculum or the work of the three centers. Students may propose one directed study per year, under extraordinary circumstances, under the provisions of the academic catalog.

Certificate Program in Public Theology (C.P.T.)

Charlotte & Richmond Campuses

The purpose of the Certificate Program in Public Theology is to deepen the capacity of individuals engaging in public theology, a field that draws upon the resources of the Christian faith in order to serve the common good of society. The Certificate Program is designed for students who are either already engaging in, or plan to engage issues such as public policy, ecological concerns, economic justice, gender issues, inter-religious dialogue, and issues of race and reconciliation, but who do not wish to pursue a degree program. The program consists of 12 credit hours (3 courses in relation to the work of the Centers and a travel seminar).

Cost: $500 per course.

If you would like more information about the Certificate in Public Theology, contact our admissions office at 804-278-4221 in Richmond or 980-636-1662 in Charlotte.

Certificate Program in Public Theology
  • Prerequisites

    • Candidates for the Certificate Program in Public Theology 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. Conditional enrollment for those with significant life experience may also be considered.

      As courses are completed, students will be awarded academic credit that may be applied to a degree program at Union Presbyterian Seminary or transferred elsewhere.

  • Residency & Time Requirements

    • Courses in Public Theology utilize a hybrid format and rely largely on the use of technology as an instructional medium.

  • Course Offerings

      • Center-related courses (9 credit hours): The following list illustrates the kinds of elective courses that may be offered in the certificate program. Choose 3 courses that are related to the work of the Centers:
        • Biennial conference of the Center for Womanist Leadership, with additional requirements for course credit.
        • A conference that involves two or all three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
        • A series of seminars over an academic term offered by the three Centers.
        • A course that brings together the foci of the three Centers, with additional requirements for course credit.
        • Courses offered by faculty that tie into the work of one or more Centers.
        • Courses by qualified practitioners that are related to the three Centers.
      • Travel seminar (3 credit hours)

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Richmond Campus

All Th.M. students will successfully complete 30 semester hours, including a Research Methods course, a Th.M.-specific seminar, and a year-long colloquium. These and all other courses and directed studies are designed to prepare every Th.M. student to write a thesis or summative projects and to construct a final portfolio. Some Th.M. students may choose to concentrate their studies in a particular field (e.g. New Testament, Christian History), while others may draw upon the resources of various departments.

Master of Theology
  • Prerequisites

    • 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 the fall term and the degree is normally completed in one academic year.

  • Course Requirements

    • All Th.M. students will successfully complete 30 semester hours, including a Research Methods course, a Th.M.-specific seminar, and a year-long colloquium. These and all other courses and directed studies are designed to prepare every Th.M. student to write a thesis or summative projects and to construct a final portfolio. Some Th.M. students may choose to concentrate their studies in a particular field (e.g. New Testament, Christian History), while others may draw upon the resources of various departments.

  • Th.M. Faculty Advisory Areas

    • Th.M. studies are coordinated by the student’s faculty advisor and the director of graduate programs. Th.M. faculty advisors and their areas of interest include:

      Samuel L. Adams
      Death and the Afterlife in the Bible and Ancient Judaism
      Wealth and Poverty in the Biblical World and Today
      Wisdom Literature
      The Bible and Film
      The Bible and American Political Discourse
      Apocalypticism Past and Present

      Rubén Arjona
      Pastoral care of men
      Pastoral care of couples and families
      Pastoral care of LGBTQ+ individuals
      Pastoral theology
      Erik H. Erikson’s life and work
      John Calvin and pastoral theology
      Latin American & Latinx liberation theologies

      Rachel Sophia Baard
      Systematic theology
      Constructive theology
      Public theology
      Feminist theologies
      Political theologies
      The intersection of theology and ethics

      John T. Carroll
      New Testament Gospels
      Parables of Jesus
      Luke-Acts
      Romans
      Theology of Paul
      Bible and Culture
      Bible and Social Justice
      New Testament Ethics
      Disability Studies and the New Testament
      Jesus in World Religions

      Dawn DeVries
      Reformed theology
      Systematic theology
      Historical theology

      Frances Taylor Gench
      Gospels
      Women in the Biblical World and Feminist Biblical Criticism
      Global and Intercultural Perspectives on the Bible
      Issues of Biblical Authority and Interpretation

      Melanie Jones
      Womanist Thought
      Christian Social Ethics
      African American Religious History
      Black Popular Culture
      Millennials and Religion
      Faith and Social Entrepreneurship


      Lakisha Lockhart

      Womanist Theology and Leadership
      Black Popular Culture
      Christian Education
      Practical Theology
      Youth Ministry & Faith Formation
      Theological Aesthetics
      Embodied Faith
      Intersections of Art, Play, & Theology/Spirituality

      Christine Luckritz Marquis
      Early and Late Ancient Christianities
      Violence and Religion
      Memorialization and Erasure
      Ascetics, Monastics, Mystics
      Race and Ethnicity
      Food and Body in the Ancient/Late Ancient World
      Jewish, Christian, Muslim Relations before the Enlightenment
      Place, Space, and Pilgrimage

      Safwat Marzouk
      Monsters in the Bible and the Ancient Near East
      Migration in the Bible, the Church, and the World
      Biblical Hermeneutics and History of Interpretation
      Intercultural Churches and ministries
      The Religious Other in the Bible
      The book of Exodus
      The book of Ezekiel
      Biblical Foundations for Peace and Justice

      James Taneti
      Ecumenics
      Christianity’s Interface with Other Religions
      Women and Children in Missionary Literature

      Richard W. Voelz
      Contemporary Homiletic Theory
      Ethics of Preaching
      Preaching Identity
      Preaching and Context(s)
      Preaching & Youth

      Karen-Marie Yust
      Children, families and faith formation
      Digital culture and spirituality
      Popular culture and spirituality
      Contemporary Christian practices

  • Previous/Current Th.M. student research topics

      • Developmental frameworks for baptism and confirmation education with families
      • Gospel Healing Narratives and Ministry Contexts
      • Paul’s Concept of Food Offered to Idols in 1 Corinthians 8:1–13 and Its Interpretation in the Krobo Religio-Cultural Setting
      • Augustine and race/ethnicity across history
      • Evil, the Church, and incarceration
      • Black Effect: The Control and Demonization of the Black body
      • The Culture of Peace and the Important Role of Non-Government Organizations
      • Violence Against Women
      • The Challenges of Work and Motherhood
      • The Role of Jesus’ Humanity in Transcending Gender Identification
      • I Am Not Who I Am Thought to Be’: Speaking for the Self in Job 7-10
      • Ethics and the Hebrew Bible: Recent Developments and Questions for the Future
      • A Traumatizing Lament: Reading Lamentations 1 and Poems Written by Syrians in Exile through Trauma Theory
      • Learning to Lament Again: Imagining Lament As a Resource for the Contemporary Church”
      • The Son of Man Must Suffer . . .’: Suffering and Power in the Gospel of Mark
      • Mending a Broken Heart: Biblical, Pastoral Care and Eschatological Perspectives on Child Loss
      • The Incarnational Mission of God in the Fourth Gospel: Its Significance and Implications for the Christian Mission in the Indian Context with Special Reference to Hinduism
      • How the Song of Songs, an ancient love poem applies to the practice of ministry today

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Charlotte & Richmond Campuses

We will be admitting a cohort for the fall of 2021 based on our Charlotte campus. We will admit our next Richmond cohort in the fall of 2022. The application deadline is March 15th for the fall 2021 cohort.

In our Doctor of Ministry program, students will articulate advanced understanding of the contemporary church and expressions of culture, and relationships between the two. The degree will enhance ministry competencies in areas such as proclamation, evangelism, education, interfaith relations, and community advocacy and engagement based on personal and vocational interests. Students will gain a deepened capacity for theological reflection on the practices of ministry, especially with respect to social justice and witness.

Total tuition for this multi-year degree program is $10,000. Students are eligible for need-based aid.

Doctor of Ministry
  • Prerequisites

    • Applicants for admission to the Doctor of Ministry 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. Applicants must have completed an accredited master’s degree in a ministry-related area from a seminary or university accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada or its international equivalent.  Applicants without an accredited Master of Divinity degree may be admitted, provided applicants meet each of these criteria: (a) the ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and the theological tradition of one’s ministry context, (b) the capacity to understand and adapt one’s ministry to the cultural context, (c) a basic self-understanding of one’s ministerial identity and vocational calling, (d) a readiness to engage in ongoing personal and spiritual formation for one’s ministry, (e) an accredited master’s degree (or its educational equivalent) in an area related to one’s ministry setting or vocational calling, and (f) significant ministerial experience that enables the applicant to engage as a ministry peer with other students in this advanced professional doctorate. Applicants must also have significant ministry experience, not limited to a congregational setting. Ordination is not a requirement.

  • Residency & Time Requirement

    • The D.Min. program ordinarily takes three to four years to complete. In Charlotte, courses will include short weekday on-campus intensive sessions several times per academic term paired with online work. In Richmond, courses will feature one-week, on-campus intensive sessions paired with online work.

      2020 Cohort – Richmond: Due to COVID-19, all in-person sessions are being held online via Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year.

      2021 Cohort – Charlotte: The on-campus dates for the Charlotte 2021 cohort are TBD.

       

  • Cohorts

    • The faculty at Union Presbyterian Seminary are deeply invested in their students and wish to fully engage and support the Doctor of Ministry students. Due to their commitment to students and the size of the faculty, cohorts will be intentionally small.

  • Course Requirements

    • The degree requires 30 credit hours comprised of 6 hybrid classes, 1 online course, and 3 project based courses.

      Year 1, Fall term: two foundational courses

      Ecclesiology in World Christian Perspective (3 credit hours)
      The World in and around the Church (3 credit hours)

      Year 1, Spring term: two required courses

      Research Methods Seminar (3 credit hours; online format)
      Mini-project Seminar (3 credit hours; students work with faculty mentors through the semester; at the conclusion of the course students come to campus to share their research with student peers in their cohort)

      Year 2: four elective courses (3 credit hours each; hybrid format)

      The following list illustrates the kinds of elective courses that may be offered in the program:
      The New Testament and Ethical Challenges
      Proclaiming Justice in the Church and Public Square
      Theology and the Politics of Food
      The Theological Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr
      Ecology and Worship
      Religious Leadership, Social Issues, and the Public Square
      Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in Conflict and Conversation
      Community Engaged Teaching and Learning
      Images of Jesus in Contemporary Culture and World Religions
      Theology as a Public Act
      Comparative Theology and Interreligious Dialogue
      Biblical Themes and World Literature
      ‘What is truth?’ The Gospel of John as Epistemological Narrative

      Year 3: Integrative project in consultation with advisor (6 credits)

      Year 4: Integrative project in consultation with advisor (if needed; at the conclusion of their program, in either Year 3 or Year 4, students will come to campus to share their research with other final-stage candidates for the degree)