Traditional Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Leadership

Trinity Graduate School and Trinity College offer a dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree that pairs an MA in Leadership with an undergraduate degree in any major. This opportunity is open to qualified students in any undergraduate major, but may have special appeal for students with the following majors or interests: psychology, business, education, communication, Christian ministries, and organizational leadership.

In this program, undergraduate students may earn a graduate degree by taking graduate-level courses beginning in their junior year. Nine hours of coursework from the MA counts toward the BA. These nine overlapping hours are taken as part of the undergraduate load.

Qualified applicants must have a Trinity GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 70 hours of undergraduate coursework, and demonstrated leadership potential. Students may apply for acceptance to the Dual Degree program through Trinity Graduate School. A positive recommendation from their academic advisor and a supervisor capable of assessing their performance in an ongoing or recent leadership role is required.

Transfer students may apply for the program if they have 70 hours of undergraduate coursework, a positive recommendation from a former professor or their academic advisor, a 3.0 GPA for all transferred college work, and a 3.0 in Trinity coursework, in addition to demonstrated leadership potential. Students interested in the dual degree are advised to notify their advisor(s) and the MA/L Program Director as early as possible to allow for expedient course planning and to assure that overlapping course requirements can be planned and scheduled.

Curricular Plan for the Traditional BA/MA in Leadership Dual Degree

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Years

Undergraduate Coursework:

BI 101Understanding the Old Testament3
or BI 111 Understanding the New Testament
BI 210Biblical Interpretation3
PH 180Introduction to Philosophy3
Other general education courses and required major courses

Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:

  • BI 101 or BI 111: LR 5001 replaces either BI 101 or BI 111 in general education category Foundations of Christian Thinking and Living.
  • Religious and Ethnic Diversity: LR 5002 replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory under Foundations of Cultural and Global Perspective.
  • One LR course (3 hours) replaces 3 hours of undergraduate elective credit.

Junior Year

  • Upon completion of 70 hours with a 3.0 GPA, students must submit an application and letter of recommendation to Trinity Graduate School Admissions to be accepted to the Dual Degree Program.
  • Student takes LR 5001, LR 5002.

Summer Before Senior Year

  • Optional: Student takes some courses during summer sessions.

Senior Year

  • Student completes requirements for BA graduation.
  • Student takes graduate courses, schedule permitting.

Summer After Senior Year

  • Student takes some courses during summer sessions.
  • Student completes coursework for MA program.
  • Student completes requirements for MA graduation.

Adult Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Leadership

Trinity Graduate School and the adult undergraduate programs, REACH and Excel, offer a dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree that pairs an MA in Leadership (MA/L) with an undergraduate degree in any major. This opportunity is open to qualified students in any undergraduate major but may have special appeal for students with the following majors or interests: business, organizational leadership, Christian ministries, and psychology.

Approved students will take nine credits in the MA/L, which, upon completion of those nine credits, will reduce the number of required credits from 124 to 115 in order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. This can be accomplished in one or more of the following ways:

  1. ID 5001 / LR 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought (3 hours) replaces either BI 101 or BI 111 in the general education category Biblical Studies.
  2. ID 5002 / LR 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement (3 hours) replaces the general education requirement in the category Intercultural Study.
  3. One LR course (3 hours) replaces 3 hours of undergraduate elective credit.

Or, if a student does not take ID/LR 5001 and/or ID/LR 5002 as an undergraduate, one or two additional LR courses (3 or 6 credits) replace an additional 3 or 6 hours of undergraduate elective credit.

Qualified applicants must have a Trinity GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 70 hours of undergraduate coursework, and demonstrated leadership potential. Students may apply for acceptance to the Dual Degree program through Trinity Graduate School. A positive recommendation from a TIU instructor capable of assessing their performance in an ongoing or recent leadership role is required. This instructor must have had substantial interaction with the student, per the final approval of the REACH or Excel academic directors.

Transfer students may apply for the program if they have 70 hours of undergraduate coursework, a positive recommendation from a TIU instructor (per the final approval of REACH or Excel academic director), a 3.0 GPA for all transferred college work, and a 3.0 in Trinity coursework, in addition to demonstrated leadership potential. Students interested in the dual degree are advised to notify their advisors as early as possible to allow for expedient course planning and to assure that overlapping course requirements can be planned and scheduled.