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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
$515*

LENGTH OF PROGRAM
2 years

START TERMS
Fall, Spring & Summer


*Tuition is based on the 2018/2019 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, Ph.D.

Gregory Austring, Ph.D.

Professor of Intercultural Studies, Religion and Ethics, Chair of General Education, School for Professional Studies
Leonard Bartlotti

Leonard Bartlotti

Dr.
Tommy Casarez, Ph.D.

Tommy Casarez, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Religion, Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
Sarah Cassell

Sarah Cassell

Coordinator, Graduate Program in Religion
Roli Dela Cruz, Ph.D.

Roli Dela Cruz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testatment
Willem Dogterom, D.Min.

Willem Dogterom, D.Min.

Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Spiritual Formation, Chair, Professional Studies, Religion
Gayle Heuser

Gayle Heuser

Mrs.
Roger Heuser, Ph.D.

Roger Heuser, Ph.D.

Professor of Leadership Studies
Richard Israel

Richard Israel

Dr.
Alicia Jackson, Ph.D.

Alicia Jackson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Frank Macchia, D.Theol.

Frank Macchia, D.Theol.

Professor of Theology, Editor, PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies
Ava Oleson

Ava Oleson

ADJUNCT
Richard Park, Ph.D.

Richard Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics
Doug Petersen, Ph.D.

Doug Petersen, Ph.D.

Margaret S. Smith Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies
John Mark Robeck, Ph.D.

John Mark Robeck, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture
Markita Roberson

Markita Roberson

Coordinator, Traditional Undergraduate Program in Religion
Gary Tyra, D.Min.

Gary Tyra, D.Min.

Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology
Diana Wahlstedt

Diana Wahlstedt

Administrative Assistant, Department of Religion
April Westbrook, Ph.D.

April Westbrook, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament

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