The expected outcome of the MACT program should be a graduate who is a missionally minded Christian desiring to serve Christ as through teaching and scholarship in any ministerial setting, but particularly in the colleges and universities of the Nazarene denomination, of sister Wesleyan denominations, and other Christian institutions of higher learning. To support this, we expect the MACT program to prepare graduates who can and are eager to succeed in the most rigorous doctoral programs in theology.
The M.A. in Christian Thought is a 46-hour, two-year, on-campus program. The MACT scholar takes seven theology courses, but in addition to the regular content that all students receive, the MACT scholar takes an associated tutorial with the professor of each of the seven courses. The tutorial provides individual guidance in gaining an in-depth acquaintance with the scholarly literature in that area, in the methods and research in that area, and careful mentoring in developing the hypothesis, organizing and presenting that research, and writing the research paper.
In addition the student will teach one or two courses in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. The student will be closely mentored in that teaching. The student will also take a course, usually taught to just one student in a tutorial style, in Teaching Theology. The student will be asked to reflect on the teaching of the professors in the seven theology courses as well as on his or her own experience as a mentored adjunct faculty in the one or two courses for which the student will be responsible. The student will receive payment as an adjunct faculty member for teaching these courses. In addition, it is expected that substantial scholarship money will be available for the MACT scholar.
Applications for admission to the MACT program and for financial aid should be submitted by Jan. 15 for the following autumn term. (Exceptions to this policy are rare, but may be granted by the Program Director of MACT, the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Theology, or the Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.) Students admitted to the MACT program should expect to start in the fall semester.