A Program for Leaders

The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MALS) 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.


In this graduate program, students will:

    •  apply leadership thoeory, a theological framework, and critical thinking skills in order to creatively impact organizations and their environments
    • apply the intercultural and communication skills necessary to lead in partnership with people of other cultures and contexts;
    •  analyze and apply tools of ethical reasoning and decision making to ethical dilemmas in specific contexts of leadership, life, and ministry; and
    •  formulate a theological framework of spirituality in relation to character development and the soul care of leadership.Three different delivery formats of the MALS are specifically designed for working adults:

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.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the fully online program.

Cost & Financial Aid

The current cost per unit is $485.  At that rate, tuition for each course costs $1,455 and the program tuition cost is $20,370. 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

Schedule & Design
List of Courses
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