Master of Christian Ministry

The Master of Christian Ministry (MCM) degree is a program offered to students preparing for leadership in specialized lay ministries in their faith communities. The program is designed to meet the requirements for certification for Associates in Ministry (AIMs) and for diaconal and deaconess ministries in the ELCA. This program may also be structured for preparation for other lay Christian ministries. Information about this program is available in the PLTS Student Handbook.

Standards for Admission

The standards for admission, application procedure, program and summary of requirements for the MCM are similar to those of the MTS degree. However, in regard to program, the MCM requires 6 units of field-based credit, among the 19 three- unit courses required, and does not require a major paper/project. In addition, candidates for ELCA Associate in Ministry and for diaconal ministry participate in the candidacy process of entrance, endorsement and approval decisions, similar to that described for the MDiv degree program.

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