You'll gain practical leadership and ministry skills based on theological studies. The MACM is ideal for any student desiring to enter vocational ministry and would like to finish in less time than it would take to complete a Master of Divinity degree. The combination of classroom education and field experience educates the MACM student with knowledge and skills for effective, long term ministry.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

Graduates with this degree are currently serving locally and abroad as executive pastors, student ministry pastors, fire, law enforcement and hospital chaplains, pastoral counselors and community developers. We have graduates who have planted churches and lead teams of people in unconventional and creative ministries for the purpose of bringing life transformation into areas with desperate need.

Program director

Brian Ross, D.Min.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries


mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

tim geddert
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

lynn jost
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Preaching, Director of the Anabaptist Center

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (60 Units)

BIB-720The Church and God's Mission in the World*3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
BIB-750Biblical Theology I**3
or MIN-750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles*
Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco*
or MIN-750C
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno*
Cross-Cultural Encounter: International*
THEO-705Christian Thought3
Expanding The Base
BIB-752Biblical Theology II**3
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication2
MIN-710Spiritual Formation2
Testing The Theory
MIN-732Church Educational Ministries3
MIN-748Pastoral Leadership3
MIN-793ASupervised Ministry Experience I*1.5
MIN-793BSupervised Ministry Experience II*1.5
PACS-700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation2
or HIST-718
Anabaptist Mennonite Brethren Studies
North American Religious History
THEO-730Discipleship and Ethics*3
Capstone Learning
BIB-790Senior Seminar*3
MIN-770Ministry Discernment*0


  • Biblical interpretation, new testament or old testament courses (5-6 units)
  • Practical studies (3 units)
  • Mft course (1.5 units)
  • Free electives (6.5-7.5 units)

* Must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.
** At least one biblical theology course must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course