Mid-Atlantic Christian University

715 N Poindexter St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909-4054

School Details

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is a private not-for-profit, four-year Christian institution of higher education, located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.


Mid-Atlantic Christian University traces its founding to the opening of Roanoke Bible College in 1948, as a means to educate much-needed leaders for the Churches of Christ in Eastern North Carolina. Led by evangelist George W. BonDurant and his wife, Sarah Presley, the institution gained accreditation by 1979. In 2009, the Board of Trustees chose to rename the school Mid-Atlantic Christian University and a year later, MACU was further organized into the School of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Professional Studies. The School of Undergraduate Studies is further divided into the Department of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biblical Studies, the Department of Christian Ministry, and the Department of Marketplace Ministry. Today, Mid-Atlantic Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. MACU also retains memberships with a number of organizations, ranging from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the National Council on Family Relations to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and the Association of Christian Librarians.

In addition to academic programs, MACU supports a range of extracurricular activities that retain a spiritual emphasis. Students can participate in campus ministry and twice-weekly chapel services. Students are also encouraged to remain active in local congregations and must complete a minimum of 60 hours of Christian service (30 hours for students seeking Associate’s degrees). Recreational activities feature intramural sports and recreational activities, such as boating in the adjacent Pasquotank River, volleyball, flag football, tennis, golf, fitness, and much more. MACU also competes in the Shenandoah and Chesapeake Athletic Conference. Additionally, the University sponsors social functions and students can join the student life committee. Elizabeth City also provides entertainment, including a movie theater, bowling alley, and restaurants.


Mid-Atlantic Christian University upholds a mission to “impact the world by transforming ordinary people into extraordinary Christian leaders.” More than 160 students are enrolled and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. Mid-Atlantic Christian University awards Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, in addition to offering certificate programs. Students can pursue the following undergraduate degrees and certificate: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Theology, Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies, and Certificate in Family Life Education.

The Bachelor of Science program also allows students to choose from a number of major programs, extending from fields, such as Leadership & Administration and Biblical Studies, to majors in Counseling & Psychology and Biblical Studies. Minor programs offer students opportunities to develop specialty skills, including Family Studies, Worship and Music Ministry, and Flight Education. Academic support systems feature a computer lab, the Watson-Griffith Library, and the Learning Center that provides tutoring services. MACU recognizes proficiency exams for possible earned credits, including the College Board’s CLEP assessment and AP programs, and qualifying DANTES scores. Prospective first-time degree-seeking students will need to submit the application and fee, along with a Church Reference Form, official transcripts with a high school diploma or equivalent, SAT and/or ACT scores, and other possible reference materials, as needed.


Realizing that some students follow a more non-traditional route, Mid-Atlantic Christian University supports academic programs targeting the needs of working adult students. Bachelor of Science degrees include majors in Christian Ministry and Major Biblical Studies, Organizational Leadership, and Family Studies. In addition, students may also pursue an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies. Admissions criteria for the School of Professional Studies Bachelor’s programs include completion of an Associate’s degree from an accredited institution, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and computer proficiency. The Associate’s program requires that students be at least 23 years of age and/or have five years of professional work experience post high school and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

For added flexibility and convenience, Mid-Atlantic Christian University supports distance education and correspondence programs. These programs are especially helpful for non-resident students. However, it must be noted that students are only eligible to complete up to 49 percent of a degree or certificate program through distance learning. Prior to enrollment in a distance education course, students must demonstrate computer proficiency through an on-campus assessment, or have successfully completed a prior computer course, either at MACU or an accredited institution.


Tuition for the School of Undergraduate Studies is $380 per credit hour and $295 per credit hour for the School of Professional Studies. Eligible students may also benefit from a number of financial aid programs supported at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, including scholarships, grants, loans, and Federal Work Study. Specific aid programs include: grants, NC Need Based Scholarships, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, MACU need-based grants, scholarships, MACU institutional scholarships. The institutional scholarships include: the Bible Bowl Scholarship, Christian Character and Leadership Scholarship, merit-based Scholarships, and more. Students may also want to apply for outside scholarships and aid, which include the Golden Leaf Scholarship program, loans, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized / Unsubsidized Stafford loans, PLUS loans. Active or retired military servicemembers may qualify for the GI Bill, which is for qualifying active duty military personnel, reserve members, veterans, and children of deceased or disabled veterans.

Prospective students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Christian/Churches of Christ and Christian Churches

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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