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MA in Ministry and Leadership

MA in Ministry and Leadership

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership degree program enables you 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 you'll lead and serve effectively in a wide variety of global ministry roles.




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Graduate in less than two years





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What Sets Our Leadership Training Apart?

  • An emphasis on building a theological framework that empowers decades of impactful ministry leadership
  • Survey all books of the Bible through the lens of biblical theology
  • A rigorous Candidacy process, ministering to real people under the supervision of an seasoned ministry practitioner



See a list of courses

Foundational Studies: 10 credits
BT501 Hermeneutics 2
BT502 Understanding Biblical Theology 2
CS501 Learning to Love God and Others 2
CS502 Growing in Prayer and Other Key Spiritual Disciplines 2
MF501 Introduction to Theological Study and Ministry Formation 2
Biblical Studies: 12 credits
BL501 Interpreting Genesis to Song of Solomon 4
BL502 Interpreting the Prophets and Gospel 4
BL503 Interpreting Acts to Revelation 4
Theological Studies: 14 credits
TH501 Knowing the Living God: Theology I 4
TH502 Glorifying the Word of Life: Theology II 4
TH503 Living as the Community of the Spirit: Theology III 4
TH504 Integrating Ministry and Theology 2
Ministerial Studies: 8 credits
ML501 Theology and Practice of Gospel-Centered Ministry 2
ML502 -or- Transformational Leadership 2
WL504 Women in Leadership 2
ML506 Ministerial Ethics 2
MF531 Ministry Leadership Formation Lab I 1
MF532 Ministry Leadership Formation Lab II 1
MF533-34 Ministry Leadership Formation Lab III - IV (P/F graded, lab fee; as needed) 0
Program electives: 6 credits
With advisor approval, select 6 credits from courses with CA, CN, CO, GL, JM, ML, PT, WL or YM prefixes.
Open Electives: 2 credits

Specialize Your Leadership Studies

Increase the relevance of your training by tailoring it to your ministry context. Work with your academic advisor to develop a concentration in a given area of specialization. Specialized areas of study include (but are not limited to):

A Candidacy Process for Real-world Learning

During your Ministry Leadership Formation courses, you'll form a mentoring team within your own ministry setting, while also joining Ministry Leadership groups that work through case studies formed from students' greatest challenges in serving. This process sees you submit a portfolio of ministry experiences after completing half of your studies, combined with an assessment by your mentoring team as well as select faculty. After advancing to candidacy and completing all your courses you graduate with our promise of ministry readiness.

Accessible Scheduling

You may complete the MA in Ministry and Leadership may in a little less than two years of full-time studies 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:

Note: Any campus-based MA in Ministry and Leadership student must complete at least 18 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. It might surprise you to learn that a minority of our students utilize loans, with most choosing instead to pay 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 an accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If you do not have a bachelor's degree or do not meet one of the requirements above, contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative MA in Ministry and Leadership admission requirements.