The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MA-CL) balances elements of rigorous scholarship in the classical theological disciplines of Bible, church history, theology, and ethics. You will receive training in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, vocational discernment, and ministry in diverse communities. You will also be prepared in various professional skills, such as preaching, pastoral care, organizational leadership, and church administration.
Who Should Pursue This Degree
If you are preparing for leadership in a church or denomination — including various non-ordained ministries in congregational settings, parachurches, and Christian organizations that do not require a Master of Divinity degree — the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is intended for you.
In contrast to the MA (Christian Studies) and MA (Christian Scripture) degrees, which are academically oriented degrees, the MA-CL is a professionally oriented degree. The curriculum combines training in the classical theological disciplines (e.g., Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics), with the study of Christian discipleship and vocational discernment, ministry in diverse contexts, and the interdisciplinary study of Christian leadership.
Several of the approved electives are offered by the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Department in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community and the School of Business, Government and Economics, which are deemed especially suitable for administrative leaders in churches, parachurches, and other Christian organizations.
The MA degree core curriculum of 39 credits consists of three two-credit “intensives” (introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission); three three-credit courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics; and three two-credit units of "practica" (in which the student's personal spirituality and vocational objectives are integrated with his or her academic studies).
Of the remaining credits required for the degree, 24 credits are tailored toward developing professional skills suitable for Christian leadership, and 15 credits can be fulfilled by taking approved degree electives from the School of Business, Government and Economics and in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Department in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.
MA-CL tracking sheet for student matriculating before autumn 2017 (PDF)
MA-CL tracking sheet for students matriculating after autumn 2017 (PDF)