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The Advising Center wants to help you make informed decisions as you progress toward graduation. MACE students often ask these questions:

1. How do I select an MACE Concentration?
The MACE degree includes 12 elective credit-hours (Concentration). Students will select a concentration intended to prepare them for their planned ministry context. A concentration must be selected before students have completed 30 credit-hours of their degree program or before they take an elective, whichever comes first.

Key Questions

  • How does the stated purpose of this concentration strengthen my gifts and shore up my weaknesses?
  • What skills or concepts do I want to gain or master as a result of my study?
  • For what ministry context am I preparing?

Formal Process

  • Review the available concentrations (see above) noting where they are available, the required courses, and the faculty member that oversees your chosen concentration.
  • For the Parachurch Ministries concentration, submit the Parachurch Ministry form to Dr. Phil Humphries for approval.
  • For all other concentrations, email the Advising Center requesting your selected concentration. Be sure to include your name and student ID number in all correspondence with the Advising Center.
  • Elective courses not pre-approved for your concentration must be approved by the faculty advisor that oversees your concentration using the substitution approval form and by the EML department chair.

2. What do I need to know as I plan toward completing the MACE?

Students should plan to meet with their academic advisor at least once a year to review previous courses and plan for the remaining hours and requirements in the degree. Students should also meet with the faculty advisor for their concentration before or shortly after selecting a concentration to discuss electives, possible internships, and ministry possibilities. 

Face to face requirementat least 22 hours
Locationanywhere at least 49% of the course is face to face with the professor
Concentrations(Plan carefully in consultation with Academic and Faculty Advisors)

Some concentrations may be completed in DC and Houston.All concentrations may be completed in Dallas.

The Parachurch and Educational Leadership concentrations might be completed anywhere, but this depends on elective offerings and faculty approval.

Time Limit7 years from the start of your first course at DTS
Satisfactory Progress10 hours per calendar year
International StudentsF-1 and J-1 Visa students are required to study in Dallas.

 3. What are the pre-requisties for the Internship (INT165) or Ministry Residency (EML801 & 802)?

Students must complete the Internship Application for the 2-semester internship (INT165). The Ministry Residency (full-time ministry) requires students to be in the Educational Leadership concentration and submit their application in January for the following academic year. (Find more information about the Ministry Residency here)

The Ministry Formation Internship department walks students through the process here. Please contact Ministry Formation Internship department directly with any questions you have, as they will be best equipped to help you.  

OptionsDeclare ConcentrationWhen to start?Course Pre-RequisitesNumber of Semesters
Ministry Formation INT165 InternshipDeclare a concentration before taking electivesAfter completion of 30 hoursSF100-1 or SF110-1, EML101, EML103/104 or 1052
EML801/EML802 Ministry in Residency
(Apply in January)
Declare Educational Leadership Concentration After completion of 30 hoursSF100-1 or SF110-1, EML101, EML103/104 or 1052 (fall>spring)

4. How do I meet my 22-hour face to face requirement?

Students should be aware that most elective EML courses are available on the Dallas, DC, or Houston campuses during fall and spring semesters. Some electives are offered at other locations and during summer and winter sessions. Students in the MACE program should contact the Educational Ministries and Leadership department for more information regarding planned elective offerings.

Distance and online students should check the course schedule for EML elective courses needed for their concentration each registration period (October for winter and spring; March for summer and fall). Prioritize these and then look for required BE and ST courses that you can take in person. Do not rush through the BE and ST courses online. Instead, start taking these face to face your first year.

5. Graduation Information:

Enter a planned graduation date through the Student Portal here . Keep this updated!
Follow along with the Graduation page and submit Admission to Candidacy by the appropriate due dates listed.

This page provides basic information. Academic Advisors are happy to come alongside you as you journey with the Lord. Schedule an advising appointment above.