West Palm Beach


Master of Arts, Christian Studies

You've heard God's call and are eager to answer. At Palm Beach Atlantic University, we are eager to help prepare you for the great journey the Lord has in store for you.

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) degree is designed to prepare those who are eager for an advanced seminary education to further their personal or vocational goals. While some studying for the MACS degree will be preparing for vocational ministry, others want to integrate an advanced theological education into their businesses, careers or lay ministries. 

Our MACS degree is on the cutting edge of seminary education in several ways:

  • A concentrated 36 credit-hour MACS degree that can be completed in two years (full-time) or more (part-time) according to one's schedule (Click here for a complete degree plan***)
  • An advanced seminary education that builds on solid undergraduate preparation in theology and ministry without repeating introductory courses
  • An innovative seminary education that integrates its curriculum (e.g. 1 Corinthians and Pastoral Leadership) and thus combines knowledge, skills and character for effective ministerial training
  • A strong core curriculum in biblical, theological and practical studies that also retains the flexibility to concentrate in a particular area (e.g. Bible, practical ministry, history, theology and biblical languages) 
  • A robust degree that includes a thesis or a comprehensive examination, which allows students the option of pursuing a particular area of study or documenting the breadth and depth of their theological knowledge 
  • A dynamic degree taught alongside other seminary students preparing for vocational ministry, which offers an enriching experience both inside and outside of the classroom 

Master of Arts in Christian Studies Admission Requirements*:

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in Christian Ministry, Biblical Studies or Christian Studies from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of 15 hours of specified pre-requisite coursework on the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Submit:
  • A completed online application*** and $45 non-refundable fee (Click on the drop-down arrow to select the Graduate application)           
  • Official transcript from college or university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college or university where prerequisite courses were taken
  • Two specific confidential recommendations (academic and ministerial)
  • Two specific writing samples (requirements will be provided)
  • Informed consent form

     4.   Faculty interview – Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.

* International students should inquire about additional admission requirements.

Admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must submit a non-refundable $100 deposit, which will be applied to tuition upon enrollment, no later than 30 days before classes begin. 


The estimated tuition for the entire Master of Arts in Christian Studies is $21,040*. This includes tuition for 36 credit hours ($560/credit) and the Resource Fee ($220/semester). This is based on the two-year, full-time accelerated degree plan.

*Cost based on 2017-2018 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Aid

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Primary funding for graduate study is provided on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of work-study awards and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Learn more about opportunities for Financial Aid***; for questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.


PBA’s growth in graduate and professional programs has provided additional scholarship opportunities to become available through faithful donors wanting to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For additional information about these scholarship opportunities for your program, please contact the School of Ministry at contact grad@pba.edu or 561-803-2122.

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