Program Purpose

The MA in Leadership (MA/L) equips students to lead adaptively to meet the challenges of the business, community, international and nonprofit organization.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Master of Arts degree in leadership will be able to:

  • integrate Christian faith with their thoughts, feelings, and actions (Ethical Character)
  • become lifelong agents of ethical conduct, influence, and organizational participation (Contextual Relationships)
  • employ leadership skills and tools to manage the operational aspects within the specialized context of their occupational and/or academic discipline (Managerial Skills)
  • demonstrate increased proficiency in leadership theory and practice, research, life-long learning, and discernment of current and emerging issues in leadership (Academic Capability)

Program of Study (32 Credits)

Leadership Studies Core Courses13
Introduction to Leadership: Definition and Perspectives
Ethical Foundations and Integration of Leadership
Contextualization, Worldview & Communication
Organizational Dynamics
Assessment and Innovation
Electives 6
Electives may be from any TGS or TEDS program as deemed appropriate.
Change and Conflict Management
Leadership and Finances
Social and Cultural Understanding for Leadership
Emphases Courses (9 hours)
Choose one of the following three emphases:
Emphasis: Nonprofit Leadership (9 hours)
Human Resource Management
Essentials of Nonprofit Operational Management
Nonprofit Organizational Dynamics
Emphasis: Organizational Leadership (9 hours)
Group and Organizational Communication
Coaching and Mentoring
Human Resource Management
Emphasis: International Leadership (9 hours)
Globalization for Leadership
International Practicum
Intercultural Communications
Emphasis Total:9
Capstone or Class & Comprehensive Exam (4 hours)
Choose one of the following two options:
Capstone Process (4 hours)
Leadership Capstone Literature Review
May be taken for 1 or 2 hours
Leadership Capstone Project
May be taken for 2 or 3 hours
- LR 7468 & LR 7478 should total 4 credits, but can be spread differently over 2 semesters.
- LR 7468 should be taken prior to LR 7478, with LR 7468 coursework completed before students take LR 7478.
Additional Coursework and Comprehensive Examination Process (4 hours)
LR Coursework from the Leadership catalog offerings.
Leadership Comprehensive Examination
- Students doing a Capstone (see process above) do not need to take a comprehensive examination.
- Students should take the Comprehensive Examination during the last semester before graduation.
Capstone/Comprehensive Exam Total4
Other Program Requirements
- Cumulative GPA at 3.0 or above, with all grades at least a "C" or above.
- Advising plan & Capstone/Comprehensive Examination sequence established.
- Applied for graduation (Check due dates from Student Handbook).
- Capstone or Comprehensive Examination
Total Hours32

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 (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 undergraduate 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 undergraduate academic directors), 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.