A Program for Leaders

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

This narrowly focused academic degree provides strong preparatory work for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in a related area.


  • Combine focused leadership studies coursework with an emphasis in Christian spirituality.
  • Complete the degree program quickly, in just over two years.
  • Choose from eight-week or hybrid (in-class and online) formats, which cater to local and out-of-state students.
  • The program is a great value for the price.

Cost & Financial Aid

The current cost per unit is $450.  At that rate, tuition for each course costs $1,350 and the program tuition cost is $18,900. The cost for textbooks varies from class to class. Seventy-two percent of graduate students at Vanguard receive financial aid.


Vanguard admits students to the MA in Leadership Studies in Fall (August), Spring (January) and Summer (May). Students may apply for admission via paper or online application.

MALS Program Details

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