It is no secret – our world is experiencing rapid change and becoming increasingly more complex and demanding. That is why it is essential for today’s leaders to continue in their professional development and to excel in their ability to think and act strategically. The Masters in Strategic Leadership with an Emphasis in Ministry (MASL) is designed to provide an integrated experience of practical theology and organizational studies.

Masters in Strategic Leadership with an Emphasis in Ministry (MASL)

Program Information

This dynamic program consists of 36 units offered through ten online courses and two one-week residencies. Students will enroll in the program with a cohort of diverse leaders and complete their degree in less than two years. Throughout the program, students will have two on campus residencies to meet face to face with their peers and will work with a faculty adviser on a capstone project tailored to their leadership setting. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn from world-class scholars, join a group of ministry professionals from across the country, and enhance your lifetime of effective leadership and ministry.

  • Earn a Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership with an Emphasis in Ministry from a regionally accredited college
  • Study with a cohort of professionals actively engaged in ministry 
  • Gain knowledge and skills that will increase your effectiveness as a leader
  • Earn your degree in less than two years without leaving your place of ministry

Taking applications for January and July Cohorts, Read More.

Graduate Student Careers

  • Ministry Leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Missions
  • Education
  • Worship Arts
  • Research
  • Government
  • Business and Non-Profit

Director of Adult and Graduate Studies

Remi Lawanson, Ph.D.
Remi earned his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2007. Since that time, he has taught as adjunct faculty for Fuller, Biola University, Azusa Pacific University, Life Pacific College and Whittier College. He also serves as adjunct professor for the South Africa Theological Seminary, supervising the research work of students completing their graduate degrees.

What our Graduate Students are Saying

“I have been stretched to think more strategically, challenged by classmates as to why I think the way I do, and have realized more than ever how the MASL program is developing me into the leading servant God has called me to be.”
– Gary Dunahoo, Lead Pastor, Lighthouse Church

“I am more excited now, after finishing my first week in the MASL program than when I applied. I thought I would come into the program and learn about leadership, but after the initial residency week the Lord has begun an overhaul in me. It makes sense in retrospect, because to be a better leader God has to change me. I recommend this to all leaders!”
– Edwin M. Valladares, M.S., UCLA School of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine

“Although balancing family, study and work has proven tough at times, I would not change the dynamic of the contextual learning environment. Every week I have opportunity to share in my local context the things I am learning, and not just share, but actually implement on multiple levels. As I have chosen to devote this eighteen months to becoming the best spiritual leader and manager I can be, God is bringing insight and understanding that is not only practical, but Spirit-breathed. The Life Pacific MA in Strategic Leadership affords a great balance of dynamic, supernatural understanding and current organizational research applicable in any ministry context. Don’t hesitate. Say YES to LIFE!
– Joy Russell, Co-Pastor, Battle Ground Foursquare Church

See what the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel recently reported on our program.


Cost & Aid for 2015-16
Graduate Tuition (Per Unit) $450
Program Tuition $15,840
Residency Fee ($75 per year) $150.00
Books (approx. $125 per class) $1,500
Travel, Room, & Board (approx.) $2,500
Estimated Total $20,000


Is financial aid available?
Master’s degree students will be able to 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, although we advise trying to limit your amount of borrowing.

What are the requirements for admission to the program?
Entering students must have a Bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting organization (graduates from LIFE East and Mount Vernon are also welcome to apply) with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of three years of significant ministry involvement. Applicants will also submit an essay describing their personal and ministerial goals and how the degree will help them attain those goals.

For more information about Graduate Admissions, visit our Admissions page.

What is the purpose of this program?
The M.A. in Strategic Leadership (MASL) is designed to provide field-based ministers with additional skills to increase their effectiveness in their current and prospective roles in Christian ministry and leadership.

Who should enroll in this program?
This program will serve ministers and leaders who have a Bachelor’s degree and desire to pursue further specialized education and develop additional skills in leadership and Christian ministry. The ideal students are those who have demonstrated a significant commitment to ministry.

What is the format for this program? Will I have to attend classes in San Dimas?
Students complete the program with a cohort group, enrolling in sequenced courses one at a time and completing the 36 unit curriculum over a two year period. In order to meet adult learners’ need for convenience and flexibility, the program consists of ten, eight-week online courses and two one-week residencies which are followed up by four weeks of online work.

What is the program schedule?
Cohorts begin in the fourth week of January and the third week of July. The cohort will begin with a one-week residency followed up by four weeks of online work. Students will then take five eight-week online courses through the remainder of the year, with a two-week break in the Summer (mostly June) and another three-week break over Christmas and New Years. The second year will follow the same structure.

What is the curriculum for this program?
This biblically grounded, professional, and practical curriculum is designed to help students master advanced concepts of leadership and organizations. Students will become conversant in best organizational practices, understand how to do applied research, and implement strategic thinking to impact their own ministry context. The program includes an integral field-based component that will provide you with an opportunity to develop or create bold new leadership endeavors that will have practical impact on your ministry. Through coursework, students will develop a major leadership project (capstone) which will involve a deep exploration of their own calling, an understanding of the context of their chosen field of leadership, and the development of a strategic initiative for renewal of an existing ministry or the creation of a new endeavor.

The 36 unit curriculum of the M.A. in Strategic Leadership consists of a sequence of twelve courses.

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

How long will it take to complete the program?
Students can earn their MA in just under two years, enrolled part-time.

What are the requirements for admission to the program?
Entering students must have a Bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting organization (graduates from LIFE East and Mount Vernon are also welcome to apply) with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of three years of significant ministry involvement. Applicants will also submit an essay describing their personal and ministerial goals and how the degree will help them attain those goals.

Is there any allowance for applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree?
The College is able to consider applications from a very limited number of students (1-2 per cohort) without a Bachelor’s degree based upon criteria such as age (minimum 35 years old), significant high-level ministry experience (minimum 10 years), and demonstrated academic ability to succeed in graduate-level coursework.

How much time should I expect to put into the program?
Students should schedule at least ten hours a week for their coursework.

How do the online courses work?
Though at a distance, you will be able to maintain vital peer relationships begun at residency, and develop ongoing collaboration and mutual student support. The online courses will incorporate text, audio, and video content delivery as well as required interaction through asynchronous discussion boards. The structure of LPC’s on-line classes include substantial interaction between instructor and student and among students through online discussion and timely feedback.

What computer equipment and skills do I need to succeed in the program?
Students will be required to have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection (preferably high speed) and common computer home/office software for completing written assignments. The program assumes basic technological skills including how to (1) create, attach, and send a document electronically (2) use a web browser including viewing video files, (3) download and open various files such as .pdf, Word, PowerPoint, and (3) send and receive email. The first residency will include an Orientation that will provide students with training in any areas they are deficient.

Who do I contact for more information or to apply to the program?
If you would like more information about this program, please contact the MASL Admissions Office at (800) 510-8169 or e-mail us at

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