The MA in Leadership (MA/L) equips students to lead resiliently and adaptively to meet the
challenges of the business, community, international, and nonprofit organizations.
Students graduating with a Master of Arts degree in leadership will be able to:
- Apply and demonstrate multiple aspects of leadership through experiential learning,
practicums, and/or projects (Experiential/Leadership Skills),
- Integrate solid ethical framework into actions, discussions, and decision making (Ethical
- Develop and empower others to be effective organizational and relational leaders that enable
the reproduction of leaders (Contextual Relationships),
- Demonstrate increased competence in leadership theory, models, and practice to grow and stay
engaged in life-long learning and discernment of current and emerging issues in leadership
(Academic Capability), and
- Develop robust collaborative consultative approaches to drive organizational results and
desired outcomes through effective leadership aligned with the organization’s values, vision,
strategy, and mission (Driving and Managing Results).
Program of Study (32 Credits)
|Leadership Studies Core Courses||13|
|LR 5010||Introduction to Leadership Dynamics and Perspectives||1|
|LR 5020||Ethical Frameworks and Leadership Integrity 7||3|
|LR 5460||Making Decisions During Uncertainty and Change||2|
|LR 6020||Vision, Strategy & Culture Development 7||3|
|LR 6380||Driving Creativity and Innovation||2|
|LR 6850||Organizational Transformation||2|
|Electives may be from any TGS or TEDS program as deemed appropriate.|
|Global and Cultural Leadership|
|Leadership and Effective Financial Management|
|Social and Cultural Understanding for Leadership|
|Choose one of the following emphases:|
|Emphasis: Entrepreneurial Leadership||9|
|Understanding and Exploring Entrepreneurial, Intrapreneurial, and Joint Venture Organizations|
|Entrepreneurial Organizational Design and Development 7|
|Leading Start-Ups and New Organizational Forms|
|Emphasis: Organizational Leadership||9|
|Organizational and Team Communication|
|Developing, Coaching and Empowering Leaders|
|Driving Organizational Effectiveness and Results|
|Emphasis: Nonprofit Leadership||9|
|Transformational Leadership and Nonprofit Social Enterprises 7|
|Essentials of Nonprofit Financial Management|
|Driving Operational Excellence in Nonprofit Organizations|
|Capstone or Class & Comprehensive Exam||4|
|Choose one of the following:|
|1. Capstone Process||4|
|Leadership Capstone Literature Review (May be taken for 1 or 2 hours) 1,2,3|
|Leadership Capstone Project (May be taken for 2 or 3 hours) 1,2,4|
|2. Or Additional Coursework and Comprehensive Examination Process||4|
|LR Coursework from the Leadership catalog offerings.||4|
|LR 7400||Leadership Comprehensive Examination 5,6||0|
May be taken for 1 or 2 hours.
May be taken for 2 or 3 hours.
Students doing the Capstone Process (see above) do not need to take a comprehensive examination.
Students should take the Comprehensive Examination during the last semester before graduation.
Course includes an experiential learning project – a key distinctive of the program.
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 120 to 111 in order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. This can be accomplished in one or more of the following ways:
- ID 5001 / LR 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought (3 hours) replaces either BI 101/BI 105 or BI 111/BI 115 in the general education category of biblical studies ("Thinking and Living Biblically in the World").
- ID 5002 / LR 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement (3 hours) replaces the general education requirement in the intercultural study category ("Diversity, Traditions, and Cultures").
- An LR course can replace undergraduate credit hours up to 9 credits.
- Specific leadership courses might be accepted by your undergraduate program. (Please consult your undergraduate advisor for approval before taking the graduate course.)
Or, if a student does not take IDS/LR 5001 and/or IDS/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.