Leadership Studies M.A.
The purpose of the MA in Leadership Studies is to inspire transformational leaders to serve their organizations, churches, and nonprofits within the global community. Integrating best practices of real-world leadership with theology, culture, ethics, and spirituality, students engage in a learning community that develops critical thinking, energetic participation, and the cultivation of long-standing networks.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Leadership practices: Students will apply leadership principles and theory, theological reflection, and critical thinking skills in order to creatively impact organizations and their environments.
- Intercultural competence: Students will apply the intercultural and communication skills necessary to lead in partnership with people of other cultures and contexts.
- Ethical decision making: Students will analyze and apply tools of ethical reasoning and decision making to ethical dilemmas in specific contexts of leadership, life, and ministry.
- Spirituality: Students will formulate and present a theological framework of spirituality in relation to character development and the soul care of leadership.
Admission Requirements for the M.A.L.S.
A student seeking the M.A. Degree in Leadership Studies must meet the following admission requirements:
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Exceptions: Applicants from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, or from other institutions not accredited by a regional association, will be considered on an individual basis. If accepted, provisional standing will be applied. After completion of 12 units earning a grade of "B" or better in each course, the student may request transferring to regular standing.
Students in the senior year of their Bachelor’s degree can still apply. If admitted, provisional standing is granted while finishing their Bachelor’s degree.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a four-point scale) in all Bachelor’s work.
Exception: If the GPA is below 3.0, the student's application may still be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. If accepted, provisional status will be granted, requiring students to complete the first 12 units of graduate level courses with grades of "B" or above before receiving further consideration for regular standing in the GPR.
M.A.L.S. students may transfer a maximum of nine (9) units of coursework from an accredited graduate program when the coursework directly applies to their program design. Requests for transfer credit are to be submitted to the Registrar no later than the deadline for advancement to candidacy. Final decisions regarding transfer credit rests with the Registrar upon receipt of the recommendation of the Director. No courses with a grade lower than “B” (3.0) will be transferred toward the M.A. degree. No transfer credit can be granted for coursework used for a degree awarded by another institution. A minimum of 27 units at VU is required of all students in the M.A. degree program, or 30 units if the directed reading exit option is chosen. All core courses must be taken at VU.
The Academic Program of the M.A.L.S.
The curriculum is composed of 11 required Leadership courses (33 units), 6 one unit Special Topic Workshops (6 units), and 1-2 Exit Option courses (3-6 units) depending on the Exit Option type chosen. Students choosing the Integrative Seminar (3 units) as the Exit Option will complete a total of 42 units. Students choosing the Directed Reading (3 units) or the Master’s Thesis (3 units) Exit Option instead of the Integrative Seminar will register in additional 3 units for the Exit Option Design and Proposal course, bringing the program total to 45 units.
The required courses develop a theological and theoretical framework for understanding leadership, mission and culture, and ethics in order to reflect theologically on what it means to be in authentic community and to examine the impact of mission in the community. The research course provides practical opportunity for students to learn how to conduct inquiry through a variety of methods that will be used in coursework and in the final exit option.
|CLSG-601||History of Spirituality||3|
|CLSG-632||Team Development & Conflict Management||3|
|CLSG-642||Soul Care of Others||3|
|CLSG-710||Mission/Culture in Theo Persp||3|
|CLSG-715||Church/Contemporary Moral Issues||3|
|CLSG-720||Theology/Theory of Leadership||3|
|RELG-788||Resrch Meth: Leadership Studies||3|
|CLSG-670||Special Topic: (Six 1 unit workshops)||6|
|Select one of the following options:||3-6|
|Exit Option Design/Proposal:leadership|
|Exit Option Design/Proposal:leadership|