maincurve UC Library MyUC iLearn Webmail Home
title Media Relations Home



University of the Cumberlands’ new online master’s program utilizes video conferencing with Christian leaders


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands’ new online Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) program utilizes nationally known Christian leaders as guest speakers in the virtual classroom. According to Dr. Keith Goforth, director of the program, “Students will be able to dialogue [with] and learn from some of the most respected and influential Christian leaders in the nation. This is done by bringing guest speakers into the virtual classroom through web conferencing. It’s like attending a conference but also having the opportunity to dialogue with the guest speaker and obtain a degree.? An important element of each course is providing students the opportunity to exchange ideas in discussion boards and work on practical case studies related to real ministry experiences. Online guest speakers then have the opportunity to comment on these same discussions and case studies, imparting their expertise in specific ministry fields. Guest speakers for the fall terms include Thom Rainer, Perry Noble, Leonard Sweet, Reggie McNeal, Shane Claiborne, Tony Merida, Marlene LeFever, Doug Fields, Paul Chitwood, Bill Henard and Voddie Baucham.

According to Dr. Bob Dunston, chair of the Religion Department at Cumberlands, "The Master of Arts in Christian Studies program is designed to blend both the academic study of the Bible and Christian theology with the practical application of Biblical faith and theology in ministry settings. Our program will challenge and encourage our students to think critically and creatively as they apply the gospel in the 21st century.?


Dr. Bill Henard, class of 1977, and Dr. Tony Merida, a 1999 graduate, two of University of the Cumberlands’ distinguished alumni, are among the outstanding Christian leaders who will participate in online conferences with students in the Master of Arts in Christian Studies Program through the University.

The program consists of thirty hours (ten courses) of graduate work. The core courses for the degree include two semesters of Old Testament Survey, two semesters of New Testament Survey, and two courses in Christian theology. These courses account for 18 hours of the degree program. Each student will then choose an emphasis in Biblical studies, Christian education, youth ministry, missions, church planting, or pastoral ministry. The student will take two courses from the chosen emphasis and an additional course from one of the other emphases. The final course for the degree is a capstone course in which the student will develop, implement and evaluate a project in a ministry setting that fits his or her God-given call and talents.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in 41 major fields of study; 30 minors; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

For more information, go to or call 606-539-4222.