M.A. In Strategic Leadership
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The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) is an online degree program serving leaders who have a bachelor’s degree and desire to pursue further specialized education and develop additional skills in leadership and ministry. 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 MASL is designed to provide an integrated experience that blends leadership, management, and organizational theories with practical theology. Click here to view the program fact sheet.
Thriving Online Learning Community
Though cohorts are composed of students not only from across the U.S. but also from other nations, cohort members are able to maintain vital peer relationships, beginning with the first residency and continuing through the two-year program. The weekly discussion boards facilitate ongoing collaboration and mutual support and create opportunities for substantial interaction between instructors and students.
Program Format & Schedule
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. 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. Click here to learn more about the program courses.
Organizational Research Methods (2 units)
What is the purpose of this program?
Who should enroll?
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.
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?
Is financial aid available?
How much time should students expect to devote to the program?
When do new cohorts begin?
What are the requirements for admission to the program?
What if I don't have an accredited bachelor's degree?
What is the application process?
The application process has four components:
2. Application essay
3. Letter and recommendation form from two professional references
4. Official college transcripts
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