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Leadership Studies

Offered: On Campus, Online, Hybrid Apply

The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies exists to inspire transformational leaders to serve their organizations, churches, and nonprofits within the global community. Integrating the best practices of real-world leadership with theology, culture, ethics, and spirituality, students engage in a learning community that develops critical thinking, collaborative participation, and the cultivation of long-standing networks.

Outcomes

  • Leadership Practices: Apply leadership theory, a theological framework, and critical thinking skills in order to creatively impact organizations and their environments.
  • Intercultural Competence: Apply the intercultural and communication skills necessary to lead in partnership with people of other cultures and contexts.
  • Ethical Decision-Making: Analyze and apply tools of ethical reasoning and decision making to ethical dilemmas in specific contexts of leadership, life, and ministry.
  • Spirituality: Formulate and present a theological framework of spirituality in relation to character development and the soul care of leadership.

Formats & Schedules

Vanguard University offers this world-class MA in three formats. All are taught by the same top-ranked faculty using the same core curriculum, and all are designed for working adults. Students can choose from the following:

1. Traditional Format (classes on campus). Students enroll in two 8-week classes (3 units each) one night a week throughout the semester (currently offered on Thursday nights, 6-10 p.m.); and a 1-unit Saturday class.

2. Hybrid Format (classes on campus and online). Students enroll up to 7 units each semester, spend three weeks a year on campus (Monday through Saturday) with the remaining coursework online.

3. Fully Online Format. Students enroll up to 7 units each semester and engage in a variety of online learning activities, including extensive reading and reflection, a live online format with faculty and other students, threaded discussions, and independent research.

Quick Facts

TOTAL UNITS
42

COST PER UNIT
$490*

LENGTH OF PROGRAM
2 years

START TERMS
Fall, Spring & Summer


*Tuition is based on the 2017/2018 academic year and is subject to change.

Accreditations

West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Awesome Biology
Assemblies of God
Awesome Biology
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Gregory Austring, PhD

Gregory Austring, PhD

Professor of Religion & Intercultural Studies, Chair of General Education, School for Professional Studies
Tommy Casarez, PhD

Tommy Casarez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology
Sarah Cassell

Sarah Cassell

Student Success Coordinator
Roli Dela Cruz, PhD

Roli Dela Cruz, PhD

Associate Professor of New Testatment
Willem Dogterom, DMin

Willem Dogterom, DMin

Professor of Pastoral Ministries & Spiritual Formation, Chair of Religion, School for Professional Studies
Roger Heuser, PhD

Roger Heuser, PhD

Professor, Co-Director, Graduate Religion
Richard Israel, PhD

Richard Israel, PhD

Professor of Old Testament
Frank Macchia, ThD

Frank Macchia, ThD

Professor of Theology
Doug Petersen, PhD

Doug Petersen, PhD

Co-Director
Markita Roberson

Markita Roberson

Program Coordinator
Gary Tyra, DMin

Gary Tyra, DMin

Professor of Biblical & Practical Theology
Diana Wahlstedt

Diana Wahlstedt

Administrative Assistant
April Westbrook, PhD

April Westbrook, PhD

Chair of Religion, Professor of Old Testament

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