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Higher callings require deeper understanding.

Your spiritual life is your core. Every other part of your life flows out of it; when your relationship with God is in a good place, the rest of your life benefits. Get a deeper understanding about God, study systematic and biblical theology, and learn how to lead small groups and other ministry initiatives, in addition to other useful skills. Not only will you become a stronger Believer, but you will also be a more well-rounded leader. By graduation, you will have the skills needed to boldly share the Gospel, lead groups, disciple younger believers, and help ministry programs fulfill their goals. No matter where God calls you, a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Cumberlands is a helpful step to get you there. 

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS)

The online Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree program at University of the Cumberlands provides an overview of important Christian topics to prepare you for informed leadership, service, and discussion in any ministry position. Courses are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning there is no set login time; you can work on schoolwork as your life allows. Full-time students* can complete this master's of Christian studies program in as little as one year. 

Though each Christian studies class is different, all courses include components of reading from textbooks and the Bible, writing papers, viewing recorded video lectures, and engaging in online discussion with fellow classmates. This master's in Christian studies program curriculum is based on the Bible and is Christ-centered, Gospel-driven, and action-oriented.

 

*Full-time means taking a minimum of two classes per bi-term (6 hours), which equals four classes per semester (12 hours).

Course Requirements

In addition to core courses and electives, you will need to choose one area of concentration.

MMOL 531 Old Testament Survey I 

MMOL 532 Old Testament Survey II 

MMOL 533 New Testament Survey I 

MMOL 534 New Testament Survey II 

MMOL 535 Christian Theology I 

MMOL 536 Christian Theology II 

*Core courses do not have to be taken in the above sequence. As an example, Old Testament Survey II can be taken before Old Testament Survey I. Students can also take advanced courses before completing all core courses. 

Choose two classes from the following: 

MMOL 631 Focused Study of the Old Testament 

MMOL 632 Focused Study of the New Testament 

BHOL 531 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 

BGOL 531 Introduction to Biblical Greek 

Required Course: 

MMOL 537 Christian Education 

 

Plus one from the following: 

MMOL 538 The Church and Contemporary Culture 

MMOL 634 Christian Leadership Development 

MMOL 635 Church Administration 

MMOL 539 Interpreting and Teaching the Bible 

MMOL 636 Christian Missions and Evangelism 

MMOL 638 Youth and Family Ministry 

Required Course: 

MMOL 637 Planting High Impact Churches 

 

Plus one of the following: 

MMOL 537 Christian Education 

MMOL 538 The Church and Contemporary Culture 

MMOL 539 Interpreting and Teaching the Bible 

MMOL 633 Pastoral Ministries 

MMOL 634 Christian Leadership Development 

MMOL 635 Church Administration 

MMOL 636 Christian Missions and Evangelism 

MMOL 638 Youth and Family Ministry 

Required Course: 

MMOL 638 Youth and Family Ministry 

 

Plus one of the following: 

MMOL 537 Christian Education 

MMOL 538 The Church and Contemporary Culture 

MMOL 539 Interpreting and Teaching the Bible 

MMOL 634 Christian Leadership Development 

MMOL 635 Church Administration 

MMOL 636 Christian Missions and Evangelism 

Required Course: 

MMOL 633 Pastoral Ministries 

 

Plus one of the following: 

MMOL 537 Christian Education 

MMOL 538 The Church and Contemporary Culture 

MMOL 539 Interpreting and Teaching the Bible 

MMOL 634 Christian Leadership Development 

MMOL 635 Church Administration 

MMOL 636 Christian Missions and Evangelism 

MMOL 637 Planting High Impact Churches 

MMOL 638 Youth and Family Ministry 

MMOL 636 Christian Missions and Evangelism 

MMOL 640 The Minister's Spiritual Life 

MMOL 642 Evangelistic Preaching 

MMOL 644 Developing an Evangelistic Church 

Four additional courses must be taken to complete the required 30 semester hours. Those courses may be from any of the other courses in the program the student has not taken but wants to take because the courses will help in his or her ministry and ministry plans.

If a student wishes, he or she can take MMOL 639 Ministry Project. This course must be arranged through the Program Director at least one term before the student desires to take the course. The student must have a definite plan for a ministry project, and a professor must be available to direct the project. 

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Missions and Goals

The mission of our Masters of Arts in Christian Studies online program is to equip Christian servant-leaders living in various cultural and geographic settings to consistently, humbly, and effectively share the Gospel through words and actions.

Gain knowledge through relevant case studies to deal with real-life challenges.
Receive mentorship from pastors and Christian leaders.
Dive into biblical, theological, and historical studies of the Christian faith.
Analyze and apply the Christian worldview within everyday life and ministry.
Evaluate and create practical strategies in Christian missions and ministry.
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Christian Studies Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pastor: $60,180

Pastor: $60,180

A pastor “shepherds his flock” by studying and teaching scripture, casting vision for the church, cooperating with church leadership, praying for and serving the congregation, and assisting with tasks as they arise. 

Worship Minister: $42,950

Worship Minister: $42,950

Truly, our lives are meant to be continuous worship. But a talented, God-honoring musician is crucial to develop and lead worship during church services and events.

International Missionary: $60,050

International Missionary: $60,050

Ministers and evangelizes in different countries around the world in a variety of ways – whatever God calls you to do, wherever He tells you to do it. 

Church Planter: $42,950

Church Planter: $42,950

Helps build and organize churches. A compassionate heart, bold evangelism, and a firm foundation of Scripture, especially as it relates to creating a healthy church culture, is vital for church planters. 

Director of Religious Activities and Education: $46,980

Director of Religious Activities and Education: $46,980

Creates ministry programs, provides counseling and guidance, and teaches Bible studies and classes, among other tasks. 

Religious Studies Professor: $87,100

Religious Studies Professor: $87,100

To inform others, you must first be informed. A religious studies professor teaches students about various foundational topics related to religion.

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Common Questions

Nope, the entire program is online. But you are welcome to visit campus anytime! 

There is no deadline; this program has rolling admission. You can begin coursework at the start of any 8-week bi-term.  

In short, a degree from an accredited seminary is more specialized (in other words, more in-depth in a chosen emphasis) and takes longer to complete. The Master of Arts in Christian Studies program at Cumberlands can be completed entirely online in just one year and provides a broad overview of important Christian topics like theology, hermeneutics, and church history. 

Full-time students can complete this master’s degree program in one year. Yes, Cumberlands accepts some transferred credits; contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar [at] ucumberlands.edu to find out if your credits will transfer. 

Each course lasts eight weeks, called a bi-term. There are two bi-terms per semester, and three semesters per year (fall, spring, and summer). Classes in the MACS program are asynchronous, meaning there is no set login time; you can work on schoolwork whenever you find time. Cumberlands provides free rental textbooks to online students as part of its One Price Promise. 

Yes, we offer financial aid options for both undergraduate and graduate students. Check out our Financial Aid page for more information.

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Faculty Experts

Get to know more about your future professors.

Ray Umphrey

Dr. Ray Umphrey

Adjunct Professor
Missions & Ministries
Christian Studies

Dr. Ray Umphrey

Contact Information

ray.umphrey [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. Joshua Hutchens

Dr. Joshua Hutchens

Adjunct Professor
Missions & Ministries

Dr. Joshua Hutchens

Contact Information

joshua.hutchens [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. David R. Miller

Dr. David R. Miller

Adjunct Professor
Missions & Ministries

Dr. David R. Miller

Contact Information

david.miller [at] ucumberlands.edu
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