Degree Programs

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

Charlotte & Richmond Campuses

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree program is to prepare women and men to become professional educators in Christian congregations or other ministerial settings such as camps, schools, non-profit organizations, conference centers, and ecclesial governing bodies.

Union Presbyterian Seminary’s faculty has approved a redesign of the M.A.C.E. degree which includes:

  • A change from 60 credit hours to 36 credit hours
  • A greater emphasis on educational theory and practice
  • Additional opportunities for supervised ministry
  • Elective courses that allow students to pursue their own areas of interest
  • A mentored capstone project that promotes integrative learning

 

This redesign makes the M.A.C.E. degree program more accessible to international students.

If you would like more information about the M.A.C.E. degree, the Admissions office is available to answer any questions and may be contacted at 804.278.4222 in Richmond or 980.636.1662 in Charlotte.

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

      • Bible/Theology Core (9 hours)
        • Introduction to the Old Testament - including interpretation
        • Introduction to the New Testament - including interpretation
        • Introduction to Theology - a course focused primarily on Reformed theological thinking
      • Education Core (9 hours)
        • Educational Theories - theoretical frameworks for teaching and learning and their implications for practice
        • Faith Formation – psychosocial theories of identity and social location in relation to faith
        • Educational Practices – strategies and methods for teaching and learning (reflective practice)
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
        • Supervised Ministry I
        • Supervised Ministry II
      • Focused Electives - areas of concentration created in consultation with advisor and in relation to available courses. Possible electives might include: (9 hours)
        • Spirituality
        • Global Discipleship
        • Community Education
        • Instruction Methods
      • Integrative Project – mentored capstone project done in the final semester with a member of the department supervising (3 hours)
      •  Total 36 hours
  • Blended Learning 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 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. 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
  • 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 (51 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)
      • Supervised Ministry (6 hours)
      • Church in the World (6 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 (30 hours)
        • Up to 12 credit hours may be in biblical languages
      •  Total 81 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 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 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 five to six years on the Charlotte campus.

  • Course Requirements

      • Core Curricular Competencies (66 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 - 3 credit hours
        • Bound Elective: Preaching and/or Worship - 3 credit hours
        • Educations with at least 3 credit hours in each of the following areas: Educational Theories, Faith Formation, Educational Practices
        • Pastoral Care - 3 credit hours
        • Supervised Ministry - 12 credit hours
        • Church in the World - 6 credit hours
      • Electives (30 hours)
        • Electives 1 & 2 - Hebrew Option - 6 credit hours
        • Electives 3 & 4 - Greek Option - 6 credit hours
        • 6 Additional Electives - 18 credit hours
      • Integrative Project (3 hours)
      •  Total 99 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.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Richmond Campus

Students in our master’s programs also may participate in the nonprofit management certificate program offered through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. In the program, students gain knowledge and skills in nonprofit governance, management, fundraising, and program development and evaluation that they will need to become leaders and change agents in this rapidly growing sector.

Our reciprocity agreement with VCU means it is very easy for students to take these courses and they do not have to pay extra. VCU’s financial arrangement with UPSem covers the costs, so there’s no need to contact VCU’s business or admissions offices. Just register for the class through the UPSem Office of the Registrar.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management