Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS)

  • Direct Instruction

Degree program duration: minimum 2.5 years, maximum 7 years. In order to ensure a communal education experience, students shall spend at least one year on campus for full-time study.

 

Degree program duration: minimum 2.5 years, maximum 7 years. All instructions are conducted online. 

 

PURPOSE

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies program is designed to prepare students who have a calling from or a heart for the Lord to participate in full-time or part-time ministries in local churches, missions, or para-church organizations with a focus on certain professional ministry. This degree is designed for people who are exploring the possibility that they are gifted for and called to the service of God. The curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies and ministry.

 

GOAL

Graduates from this program are expected to achieve the following:

  1. To form strong spiritual life and character.
  2. To pursue understanding of God and attain basic knowledge of biblical theological studies with needed ministry skills.
  3. To discover and develop their God-given gifts, and to acquire and develop ability for serving in their specific contexts.

 

ADMISSION QUALIFICATION

  1. A bachelors or higher degree from a four-year university or Bible college/seminary with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (B- or 80%) or above
  2. Had been a Christian and baptized for at least two years
  3. Two recommendations from church pastors or leaders to demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity
  4. A copy of completed admission application form
  5. Passing the Seminary entrance tests of biblical and theological knowledge
  6. Passing the interview
  7. Proof of English proficiency: 450/45(TOEFL IBT). Applicants with a bachelors or higher degree from English speaking schools are exempt from this requirement. For purpose of determining English speaking schools, students who graduated from an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official copy of their transcript and diploma from their school for consideration of granting an exception. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision on whether or not the applicant is excused from taking a language exam.
  8. Proof of Chinese proficiency
    1. Level of proficiency required: students must be native Chinese speakers with Chinese as their first language.
    2. Documentation of proficiency: no document is required. The school will determine the applicant’s qualification during the interview.
  9. We do not offer or accept any Ability-to-benefit Exam.
  10. Please refer to the CREDIT TRANSFER section on page 12 in the school catalog for admission of transfer students.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to complete 52 semester units. The passing GPA is 2.7(B-) or above.

 

DURATION AND LOCATION

The minimum program duration is 2.5 years, and the maximum is 7 years. To ensure a communal education experience, students shall spend at least one year on campus for full-time study.

 

COURSE DESIGN

  • Biblical Studies (21 units)
  • Theological & Historical Studies (15 units)
  • Practical Theology (7 units)
  • Elective (9 units)
  • Internship (0 units)

 

STUDY PLAN

GETS currently offers direct instruction and distance learning programs with the same graduation requirements for the MACS degree. Students living within 25 miles radius to GETS US main campus in Covina, CA may not enroll in the distance learning program but can take up to 2 online courses. All the courses for students enrolled in distance learning program will be conducted through online courses. A recommended study plan for full-time students is listed in the table below.

 

The First Year

Credit Hours

The Second Year

Credit Hours

The Third Year

Credit Hours

TH502 Theological Research Method

1

(Elective)

3

OT552 Studies in Major Prophets

3

OT582 Old Testament Theology & Message

3

NT531 Studies in Pauline Epistles

3

MC511 Survey of Missiology

3

NT582 New Testament Theology & Message

3

ST502 Systematic Theology II

3

(Elective)

3

CH501 Church History: An Overview

3

 

 

 

 

 SEMESTER TOTAL

10

SEMESTER TOTAL

9

SEMESTER TOTAL

9

TC511 Christianity and Chinese Culture

2

MC531 Leadership

3

 

 

PE501 practicum I

0

 PE502 Practicum II

0

 

 

 SUMMER TOTAL

2

SUMMER TOTAL

3

 

 

SP502 Spiritual Formation

1

(Elective)

3

 

 

OT511 Studies in the Pentateuch

3

ST503 Systematic Theology III

3

 

 

NT511 Studies in the Gospels

3

NT551 Studies in General Epistles

3

 

 

ST501

Systematic Theology I

3

 

 

 

 

 SEMESTER TOTAL

10

SEMESTER TOTAL

9

GRADUATION TOTAL

52