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Leadership Studies

Offered: On Campus & Online 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.


  • 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 two formats. Both are taught by the same top-ranked faculty using the same core curriculum, and both 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. Online Format. Students enroll in 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



2 years

Fall, Spring & Summer


*Tuition is based on the 2019/2020 academic year and is subject to change.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Gregory Austring, Ph.D.

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

Tommy Casarez, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Division of Theology, Chair, Department of Religion, Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology

Sarah Cassell

Graduate Religion Student Success Coordinator

Roli Dela Cruz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testatment

Willem Dogterom, D.Min.

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

Roger Heuser, Ph.D.

Professor of Leadership Studies

Alicia Jackson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Frank Macchia, D.Theol.

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

William Mendoza

Program Coordinator

Sandra Morgan

Director, Global Center for Women and Justice

Richard Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics

Doug Petersen, Ph.D.

Margaret S. Smith Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

John Mark Robeck, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture

Gary Tyra, D.Min.

Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology

April Westbrook, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament

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