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Christian Education, Master of (M.A.C.E.)

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The Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree program is a two-year professional graduate degree focused in the area of educational ministry. The primary purpose of the MACE degree program is to equip persons for leadership in educational ministry in congregations and a broad range of other settings. The MACE degree program is also offered in a one-year course design for students who have completed the Master of Divinity degree.

The two-year MACE degree program requires the successful completion of 54 semester credit hours (18 courses). For students who hold a Master of Divinity degree, the one-year Master of Arts in Christian Education course design requires the successful completion of 27 semester credit hours (9 courses).

Our academic year is comprised of five terms – Fall, J-term, Spring, May semester and Summer. Each course is worth three credit hours. All required MACE courses are offered weekdays, evenings and Saturdays in an in-person classroom format. Select MACE courses are also offered in online and hybrid formats. Two required courses in the MACE degree program are year-long courses beginning in the Fall term and meeting approximately once per month from September through May. Registration for year-long courses is only open in the Fall term.

Required elective credits can be met in a variety of ways: in-person courses, online courses, hybrid courses, one-week intensive courses, directed study, independent study, and through service learning or experiential learning opportunities. Students should consult with their faculty advisor early in their program to discuss their educational goals and plan the best way to earn required elective credit that meets their interests and needs.

Students seeking to enter the two-year program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and must demonstrate capacity for graduate study and evident fitness for ministry. Students seeking to enter the one-year program must have an earned Master of Divinity from an accredited institution. For more information about enrolling in the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree program, please contact the School of Theology at (804) 257-5716 or via e-mail at

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Program Faculty

Dr. Denise Janssen
Associate Professor of Christian Education
Associate Professor of Christian Education, B.A., University of Sioux Falls M.Div., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Dr. Nathaniel West
Assistant Professor of Christian Education
Assistant Professor of Christian Education, BS., Christopher Newport University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; M.A., Union Presbyterian Seminary; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University