The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership degree program enables students to bring transformation to churches and parachurch organizations in a North American context through a rich biblical understanding and a refined leadership skill set. This training spans communication theory, biblical studies, theology, discipleship and spiritual formation -- with the result that our students lead and serve effectively in a wide variety of global ministry roles. While this program is a great fit for support pastors or parachurch leaders, it is not designed to prepare individuals for roles that may require ordination.




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Graduate in as few as two years





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Seattle (up to 28 credits)



What Sets Our Leadership Training Apart?

  • An “Open Track” allows students to build their own specialization and to acquire skills that are as unique and missional as their call to ministry
  • Survey all books of the Bible to explore how they expand the meaning of the Gospel for meaningful ministry today
  • Four semesters of Mentored Field Ministry, experiencing challenge and success in serving real people, all under the supervision of a seasoned ministry practitioner
Chaplaincy Open Track
Coaching Pastoral Care to Women
 Jewish Ministry Youth and Family Ministry




Accessible Scheduling

The M.A. in Ministry and Leadership may be completed in two years’ time through our online campus, or at any of our seminary campuses in Oregon and California, or by completing some studies at the Seattle Teaching Site in addition to final studies at any degree-granting campus. Students who live at a distance may also complete their training without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options, though their completion timeframe may be extended:

Monday SCHEDULE OPTION Complete your training in one day of class on campus per week.
HYBRID MINISTRY SCHEDULE OPTION Combines 40 credits of online learning with 5 weeklong trips to campus for live courses.

Note: Any campus-based M.A. in Ministry and Leadership student must complete at least 20 residency credits on campus, while the rest can be completed through online courses.

Ministry Training That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary student graduates with an average of only $8532 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If an applicant does not have a bachelor's degree or does not meet one of the requirements above, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. in Ministry and Leadership admission requirements.


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