The mission of the graduate programs in religion is to provide a graduate level education that comprises a covenantal learning community within the academy that fosters the passionate teaching and learning of scriptures, theology, spirituality and leadership for the purpose of transforming individuals, relationships and communities around the globe.
The M.A.L.S. is an academic degree that emphasizes research competencies in the field of leadership studies. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. It is offered through various delivery systems including an online program (pending WSCUC approval).
Because of its unique emphasis on the social sciences, contemporary discussions of issues in Christian leadership, and the field of leadership studies generally, students often choose this degree as preparation for leadership in a variety of contexts, including congregational ministry, ministry in para-church settings, in missions, or in other contexts of leadership in Christian organizations. Other students find that the rigorous emphasis on research methodology is good preparation for doctoral level research in the field of leadership studies.
This course is designed mainly to expose the student to the nature and task of theology, especially to the issue of theological method. Included in theological method will be how biblical themes are interpreted in light of tradition and social/cultural contexts. Also included will be an awareness of the major fields of theological study.