It is no secret: our world is experiencing rapid change and becoming increasingly more complex and demanding, which is why continued professional development is crucial for today’s leaders. No matter the setting – whether church or business, human services or global outreach – those who lead must excel in their ability to think and act strategically. The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) is designed to provide an integrated experience that blends leadership, management, and organizational theories with practical theology.

Masters of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL)

Program Information

This dynamic program consists of 36 units offered via 13 online courses that incorporate two one-week residencies. Students join a diverse cohort of fellow leaders and complete their degree in two years. The MASL provides an amazing opportunity to learn from world-class scholars, engage in discussion with ministry-minded professionals from across the U.S. and around the world, and apply strategic principles and concepts to real-life settings.

  • Two-year program designed for busy leaders
  • Accredited by WASC and ABHE
  • Eight-week-long classes offered one at a time, back to back
  • Practical coursework applicable to a variety of leadership settings
  • Flexibility: study online, at home, or even while traveling
  • Equips you to take your leadership to the next level!

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Graduate Student Careers

  • Ministry leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Entrepreneurship and start-ups
  • Non-profits
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Research

Director of Adult and Graduate Studies

Remi Lawanson, Ph.D.
Remi received his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has taught business, management, organizational leadership, and intercultural studies courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is experienced with adult and graduate programs, having taught in BIOLA University’s BOLD Adult Degree program as well as in Azusa Pacific University’s MA in Global Leadership and MA in Leadership programs. Remi has served as visiting professor at Whittier College and has experience in executive management and leadership development in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He also serves as adjunct professor for the South Africa Theological Seminary, supervising the research work of students completing their graduate degrees. Remi is a member of academic and professional associations including the Academy of Management. His life purpose is to glorify God. Remi is committed to facilitating the development of leaders as well as equipping them for organizational health, performance, and effectiveness. He enjoys promoting research, which generates new constructs and frameworks for strengthening organizational leadership

What MASL Grads are Saying:

“The MASL [program] has caused me to evaluate my work and mission…[it] allowed me to realize that working as an engineer and business owner is a Christian calling to ministry. This expanded my view of what a pastor truly is and how the business leader in secular for-profit business is a pastor to a congregation made up of many people who would never think of visiting a church on Sunday morning. This means I must take this responsibility seriously and find ways to share Christ with those who don’t know him and provide guidance to those that do. I now confidently approach my business as my calling and mission. Christian service is not relegated to or limited to work I do in for, or around the church building.”
– Ed Carlisle, Vice President, R&W Engineering, Inc.

“Since finishing the MASL, I have noticed a change in how I view office politics, organizational structure, and even the leading of working teams within the ministry. My boss has commented on the change and sees a difference in my confidence and strategic planning. I would tell a prospect to go for it! The MASL will introduce you to lifelong friends, it will challenge you as never before, but mostly it will reveal more of God’s plans for your life and will provide tools of strategic thinking, higher-level writing and a new way to see the world around you that will shape your capacity and ability to lead.”
– Mike Dobes, MASL 2014


Tuition & Fees for 2016-17
Application Fee $35
Tuition $460 x 36 units = $16,560
Residency Fees $75/year x 2 years = $150
Books Approx. $125/class = $1500
Travel, Room, & Board (for two residencies) Approx. $2,500 (Costs may vary)
Estimated Total $20,745


What is the purpose of this program?
The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) serves leaders who have a bachelor’s degree and desire to pursue further specialized education and develop additional skills in leadership and ministry.

Who should enroll in the MASL?
The MASL is designed to provide field-based leaders with necessary skills to increase their effectiveness in their current and future roles in ministry and leadership. Ideal students are those who demonstrate a significant commitment to ministry and organizational leadership.

What is the focus of the MASL curriculum?
This biblically-grounded, professional, practical curriculum is designed to help students master advanced leadership and organizational constructs. They will become conversant in best practices, carry out applied research, and implement strategic change. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore their own calling and gain understanding of the context of their chosen field of leadership. The program includes an integral field-based component that provides students with an opportunity to undertake a major leadership project (capstone) that will have practical impact, potentially becoming a strategic initiative for renewal of an existing ministry/organization or the creation of a new endeavor.

What courses are included in the curriculum?

Course Curriculum
Ld500 The Personal Life of the Leader Os500 Human Behavior in Organizations
Ld505 Mentoring & Coaching for Leaders So500 Cultural Trends and Ministry
Th500 Leadership Theology Ld510 Leadership Theory and Praxis
Ld605 Trends in Leadership Management (1 unit) Os605 Organizational Research Methods (2 units)
Bi600 Contextualized Ministry and the Book of Acts Th600 Theology and Worldview
Bi610 Leadership Ethics in the Old Testament Ld610 Strategic Leadership, Innovation, and Change
Os610 Strategic Organizational Analysis

How are classes scheduled in the MASL?
Students go through the program as part of a cohort of 12 to 20 people. The cohort moves as a group from class to class through the sequential, 36-unit curriculum. Students begin the program with a one-week on-campus residency, followed by four weeks of online work. They then transition to a series of five eight-week-long online courses that are scheduled one at a time, back to back. The program’s second year follows the same structure, with one week of residency, four weeks of online work to complete the residency coursework, and five more eight-week-long classes.

How do the MASL online classes work?
The MASL employs concept-based learning that utilizes discussion-board participation and written work. At the beginning of each week, students access course materials for that week: reading assignments, videos, PowerPoints, etc. Midweek, they respond to discussion-board questions posted by the professor. Written work (including research papers, reflection papers, book reports, exegetical studies, and more) is due by midnight Sunday.

How much time should students expect to devote to the program?
Students should expect to devote 10 to 15 hours per week to study, spread out over the course of the week. The online format provides for great personal flexibility, making it possible for students to work around diverse schedule constraints including travel as well as family, organizational and ministry obligations.

When do new cohorts begin?
Cohorts begin in January and July. The academic schedule allows for several weeks’ break at Christmas/New Year’s and during late June/early July.

What are the requirements for admission to the program?
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by a CHEA-recognized accrediting organization (bachelor’s degrees from Mount Vernon Bible College and Life Bible College East also are acceptable). An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of three years of organizational leadership, management or ministry involvement is required.

What if I don’t have an accredited bachelor’s degree?
Life Pacific may accept a very limited number of applicants (1-2 per cohort) who either have a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution or who do not have a bachelor’s degree at all based on criteria such as age (minimum 35 years old), significant high-level organizational leadership or ministry experience (minimum 10 years), and demonstrated ability to succeed in graduate-level coursework.

What is the application process?
The application process has four components:

  • Application (online or via e-mail, fax, or U.S. mail)
  • Application essay
  • Letter and recommendation form from two professional references
  • Official college transcripts


Is financial aid available?
Master’s students may apply for federal loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program. Most students will qualify for enough in federal loans to cover the entire program, if necessary. Life Pacific College is pleased to partner with MASL students by offering scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000. Awards are based on criteria that includes scholarship application, financial eligibility and scholarship committee decision.

Who do I contact for more information or to apply to the program?

If you would like more information about this program, please contact MASL Student Services Coordinator Beth Mead via phone: (909) 706-3049 or e-mail:
For more information about MASL admissions, including transcript reviews, contact Amber Burnett, Registrar for Adult & Graduate Studies at or 909-706-3024.

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