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Master of Applied Biblical Leadership

Master of Applied Biblical Leadership

The Master of Applied Biblical Leadership (MABL) program is a 36-credit hour program designed for experienced ministry leaders with little or no graduate seminary instruction. Through this program, men and women with five or more years of ministry experience can fill out gaps in their training and gain a biblical foundation for their present and future ministry.





 Within a cohort model






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What Sets the MABL Apart?

  • An emphasis on gospel centrality and biblical theology immediately applied to your ministry context
  • You will learn in community with and from other well-experienced ministry leaders taught by ministry seasoned professors
  • A three-year cohort model offered through live interaction combined with online resources
  • An emphasis on enriching your biblical-theological framework and pastoral skills
  • Fewer required credit hours (36) than most other master's degree programs because of the experience you bring

This cohort brings experienced leaders together in a seminary experience uniquely designed to build on their background in whatever area of ministry they serve in.

Gerry Breshears

Gerry Breshears, PhD
Cohort Host and Professor of Theology



Course List

Applied Biblical Studies: 12 credits
BL591 Applied Integrative Biblical Literature: Genesis to Song of Solomon 4
BL592 Applied Integrative Biblical Literature: Prophets and Gospels 4
BL593 Applied Integrative Biblical Literature: Acts through Revelation 4
Applied Theological Studies: 12 credits
TH591 Applied Integrative Theology I: Knowing the Living God 4
TH592 Applied Integrative Theology II: Glorifying the Word of Life 4
TH593 Applied Integrative Theology III: Living as the Community of the Spirit 4
Applied Ministerial Studies: 12 credits
ML591 Growing in Character and Spiritual Disciplines 4
ML592 Theology and Practice of Team Leadership 4
ML593 Theology and Practice of Pastoring People and Ministries 4

Deep Relationships in a Cohort Model

A cohort is a group of students who go through a degree program simultaneously from start to finish. In addition, cohort delivery requires that students agree to attend classes based on the proposed schedule in order to maintain continuous enrollment throughout the program.

The deep relationships developed in the cohort enable the friendship and trust for mutual growth in knowledge, character, and skills for ministry. Discussions and assignments are designed for immediate application in the students’ ministry context, enriching both the classroom and church life.

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

  • The Leadership Cohort classes are for gifted leaders who already have been doing full time ministry or its bi-vocational equivalent for half a decade or longer
  • 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
  • Please note: Applicants to the MABL program will have to submit additional materials and undergo a separate interview with a faculty meeting as part of the application process.

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 MABL admission requirements.

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