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 newly redesigned M.A.C.E.1 program is 36 credit hours, making it possible for you to complete your degree in just 2 years in our Richmond and Charlotte programs and 3 years in our Blended Learning Program.

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 804-278-4222 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 three ways in which you may interview: in person on either campus, by Skype, or by phone. Please contact Sheridan Taylor, Admissions Assistant, at 804-278-4221 or by email at staylor@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

    • 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 804-278-4222 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 three ways in which you may interview: in person on either campus, by Skype, or by phone. Please contact Sheridan Taylor, Admissions Assistant, at 804-278-4221 or by email at staylor@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)
        • PRAW201 – Introduction to Preaching and Worship
        • Preaching and Worship elective (from set of approved P&W electives)
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • Choose one Pastoral Care course (indicated by a PCAC course number).
      • 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)
        • PRAW201 – Introduction to Preaching and Worship
        • Preaching and Worship elective (from set of approved P&W electives)
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • Choose one Pastoral Care course (indicated by a PCAC course number).
      • 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 three ways in which you may interview: in person on either campus, by Skype, or by phone. Please contact Sheridan Taylor, Admissions Assistant, at 804-278-4221 or by email at staylor@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)
        • PRAW201 – Introduction to Preaching and Worship
        • Preaching and Worship elective (from set of approved P&W electives)
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • Choose one Pastoral Care course (indicated by a PCAC course number).
      • 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)
        • PRAW201 – Introduction to Preaching and Worship
        • Preaching and Worship elective (from set of approved P&Welectives)
      • Pastoral Care (3 hours)
        • Choose one Pastoral Care course (indicated by a PCAC course number).
      • 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 Theology (Th.M.)

Richmond Campus

Students in this degree program often focus on a burning question. With passion for a topic, they utilize courses, directed studies, and a thesis or summative project to engage this question vigorously. For some, the question seeks depth within a particular field of study. For others, the question calls for focus that is interdisciplinary.
This degree offers an additional year of academic preparation beyond the Master of Divinity degree, the Master of Arts in Christian Education, or a master’s degree in an area of theological study. It prepares graduates for leadership in various ministries in the church and world and further graduate work.

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 at least 24 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.

  • 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

      Rachel Sophia Baard
      General: modern systematic theology, constructive theology, feminist theologies, political theologies, the intersection of theology and ethics.
      Theologians: John Calvin, Paul Tillich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Serene Jones, David Tracy, etc.
      Doctrines and theological themes: Christology, the doctrine of God, the doctrine of sin, Christianity and Judaism, ecclesiology and ecumenism, race and gender.

      Samuel E. Balentine
      (On sabbatical Fall 2019)
      Ethics of Knowledge
      Morality and Moral Systems
      Art, Science, and Religion
      Apocalyptic Theology
      Wisdom Literature
      Prophets in the Public Square
      Theology and Ethics of Imagination

      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

      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

      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

      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, youth, family, and emerging adult faith formation
      Digital culture and spirituality
      Popular culture (e.g. media and literature) and spirituality
      Faith and human development
      Contemporary forms of historical Christian practices
      Adaptive ministries

  • Previous/Current Th.M. student research topics

    • Introducing historical Christian practices to children
      Intergenerational family ministries
      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 are delighted to announce a new Doctor of Ministry* degree program. We will be admitting a cohort for the fall of 2020 based on our Richmond campus, and for the fall of 2021 based on our Charlotte campus.

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.

*Approved by The Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting to be offered in Richmond and pending approval for the Charlotte campus following a Fall 2019 focused visit.

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. Students must have completed a Master of Divinity degree from a seminary or university accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada or its international equivalent. Applicants must also have at least three years of experience in ministry, not limited to a congregational setting, subsequent to their first graduate theological degree. 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.

      2019 Cohort – Charlotte
      The following are on-campus dates for the Charlotte 2019 cohort:
      August 22-23, 2019
      September 19, 2019
      October 10, 2019
      November 14-15, 2019
      March 26-27, 2020

      2020 Cohort – Richmond
      August 25-27, 2020
      November 10-12, 2020

  • 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)

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