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 their 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 Objectives

It is our intent that graduates of the MA/L program will meet program objectives in four areas: ethical character, contextual relationships, managerial skills, and academics, defined as follows:

  • In regard to ethical character, graduates will integrate their Christian faith with their thoughts, feelings, and actions in such a way that they become lifelong agents of ethical conduct, influence, and organizational participation.
  • In regard to contextual relationships, graduates will apply culturally-aware, biblically-framed, and contextually communicated approaches to relational development.

  • In regard to managerial skills, graduates will employ leadership skills and tools effectively to manage operations within the specialized contexts of their professional and/or academic discipline(s).

  • In regard to academics, graduates will demonstrate competencies in the domains of leadership theory/practice, research, lifelong learning, and discernment regarding current/emerging issues in leadership.

Program of Study (39-40 Credits)

Common Core Courses6
LR 5001Foundations for Integrative Thought in Leadership3
LR 5002Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Leadership3
Leadership Studies Courses15
LR 5010Introduction to Leadership: Definition and Perspectives1
LR 5051Foundations for Ethical Leadership2
LR 5460Change and Conflict Management2
LR 6371Contextualization and Communication2
LR 6380Assessment and Innovation2
LR 6720Followership2
LR 6811Social and Cultural Understanding for Leadership2
LR 6850Organizational Dynamics2
Concentration Courses9
Choose one of the following three concentrations:
Nonprofit Leadership Courses
LR 6920Human Resource Management3
LR 6940Essentials of Nonprofit Operational Management3
LR 6960Nonprofit Organizational Dynamics3
Organizational Leadership Courses
LR 5570Group and Organizational Communication3
LR 6520Coaching and Mentoring3
LR 6920Human Resource Management3
International Leadership Courses
LR 5820Globalization for Leadership3
LR 5890International Practicum3
ME 8210Intercultural Communications3
Graduate Level Electives6
Select 6 hours of the following: 1
LR 5300Contemporary Issues in Leadership-Global Leadership Summit2
LR 5530Interpersonal Communication3
BE 5000Introduction to Bioethics: Matters of Life and Dignity3
BE 5100Intensive Bioethics Institute3
BE 6100Bioethics Colloquium1-2
BE 6300Bioethics, Human Dignity, and the Church3
BE 6500Advanced Bioethics Institute3-4
BE 6600Classic Cases in Bioethics3
BE 7700Bioethics Seminar1-4
CO 5210Counseling Skills Training3
CO 6000Current Studies in Counseling1-3
CO 6120Addiction Counseling3
CO 6530Child & Adolescent Counseling2-3
CO 6610Human Sexuality3
CO 7140Crisis Counseling2-3
EM 5150Urban Educational Ministries3
ES 7805Development of Emerging Leaders1-2
ES 7830Developing Collaborative Teams1-2
ME 6610Anthropology for Ministry3
ME 6660Christian Community Development2
ME 7722Studies in Reconciliation2
ME 8312Christian Encounter with World Religions3
PT 7870Ministry of Mercy & Justice2
Capstone Courses3-4
LR 7468Leadership Capstone Literature Review 21-2
LR 7478Leadership Capstone Project,Leadership Capstone2-3
Total Hours39-40

Given the interdisciplinary nature of leadership and the diverse potential goals of our graduates, students may avail themselves of a variety of graduate-level electives offered by Trinity Graduate School, such as the bioethics courses. Departments of Counseling, Education, Pastoral Theology, and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School offer electives that may be of particular interest to a learner’s pursuits.


This course may be waived by the program director for a student with exceptional research skills.  If this course is waived, LR 7478 must be taken for 3 credits.  If this course is not waived, students must take a combination of credits between LR 7468 and LR 7478 that equals 4 credits total.

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.