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Master of Arts in Leadership Studies

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Where Our Students Come From

  • California
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Kansas
  • Oregon
  • Washington State
  • South Carolina
  • Arizona, Missouri
  • Minnesota
  • Bahamas
  • India

Accepted Applicant Majors

Among some of the popular undergrad majors that apply to the program, 31% majored in business and management, 25% majored in psychology, and 54% of students pursued other majors such as communications, political science, and many more.

The Academic Program of the M.A.L.S.

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The curriculum is composed of 11 required Leadership courses (33 units), 6 one unit Special Topic Workshops (6 units), and 1-2 Exit Option courses (3-6 units) depending on the Exit Option type chosen. Students choosing the Integrative Seminar (3 units) as the Exit Option will complete a total of 42 units. Students choosing the Directed Reading (3 units) or the Master’s Thesis (3 units) Exit Option instead of the Integrative Seminar will register in additional 3 units for the Exit Option Design and Proposal course, bringing the program total to 42 units.

Course Requirements 42 units

The required courses develop a theological and theoretical framework for understanding leadership, mission and culture, and ethics in order to reflect theologically on what it means to be in authentic community and to examine the impact of mission in the community. The research course provides practical opportunity for students to learn how to conduct inquiry through a variety of methods that will be used in coursework and in the final exit option.

Core Courses (39 units)

CLSG 601 - History of Spirituality (3 units)

An exploration of Spirituality throughout church history that includes examples from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant (including Pentecostal) traditions.

CLSG 606 - Spiritual Formation (3 units)

An examination of the theological foundation for spiritual formation and an exploration of the spiritual practices as a means of grace for personal growth, communal spirituality, and faithful service.

CLSG 607 - Spiritual Direction (3 units)

The course introduces and develops foundational understandings and resources necessary to explore the practice of spiritual direction, and seeks to assist persons in discerning the ways that God is present and at work in their lives.

CLSG 632 - Team Development and Conflict Management (3 units)

An exploration of team development and conflict management in relation to leadership effectiveness with an emphasis on team dynamics, the nature of conflict, and strategies of assessment and intervention.

CLSG 638 - Leadership and Global Issues (3 units)

This course focuses on leadership in global and intercultural contexts with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary and interlocking themes of culture, theology and the church. The course explores dimensions of social and organizational identities and examines how cultural perspective impacts both theology and practice. Cultural competence across a range of domains equips leaders to be relevant and innovative in theological reflection and ministry practices.

CLSG 642 - Soul Care of Others (3 units)

A practical and theological exploration of the nature of the soul and of soul care, and the partnering relationship between pastoral care and other forms of counseling.

CLSG 646 - Leadership and Character Development (3 units)

This course examines how character development and spirituality can enable leaders to become more authentic in their working relationships and more effective as transformational leaders through their organizations.

CLSG 710 - Mission and Culture in Theological Perspective (3 units)

This interdisciplinary study, integrating theology and praxis, seeks to develop a theology of mission based on the premise that the unifying theme of Scripture is embodied in the concept of the Kingdom of God introduced in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and demonstrated to the world through the life and actions of a believing community empowered by the Holy Spirit.

CLSG 715 - The Church and Contemporary Moral Issues (3 units)

This course aims to develop a constructive Christian ethic as a basis from which to address the moral problems confronting leaders in the contemporary church. The course explores the relationship between theological reflection and ethical thinking and examines how cultural perspective and context impact ethical decision- making.

CLSG 720 - Theology and Theory of Leadership (3 credits)

An examination of leadership, including theological and theoretical frameworks, that will enable students to assess their own mental models and inform their leadership practices in organizational settings.

CLSG 670 - Special Topics (6 units)

Study in a special topic in leadership studies.

RELG 788 - Research Methodology: Leadership Studies (3 units)

An introduction to research and inquiry regarding leadership and religious organizations. Students will design and complete a mini research project that includes: a problem statement, definition of terms, limitations and delimitations, literature review, description of research method, collection of data, data analysis and interpretation of data. Required for all MALS students.

Exit Options (3-6 units)

RELG 693 - Integrative Seminar (3 units) OR

The Integrative Seminar is a classroom experience designed to help students reflect theologically on ministry experience by integrating what they have learned in graduate coursework with the practice of ministry.

RELG 791 - Exit Option Design and Proposal (3 units) AND

The development of an appropriate thesis and directed reading topics in the field of leadership, and the description of these topics in a formal proposal format. Students will meet with selected faculty and other students enrolled in each semester to research proposals until approved by faculty. After approval of the research proposal, students will continue to meet in this seminar to report progress on their research exit options. May be used as elective credit.

RELG 795 - Directed Reading (3 units) OR

The development of a problem statement necessary to conduct a literature search in a given area. Written critiques, a summary reflection paper and meetings between the student and directed reading mentor monitor the student's progress and mastery of research topic.

RELG 791 - Exit Option Design and Proposal (3 units) AND

The development of an appropriate thesis and directed reading topics in the field of leadership, and the description of these topics in a formal proposal format. Students will meet with selected faculty and other students enrolled in each semester to research proposals until approved by faculty. After approval of the research proposal, students will continue to meet in this seminar to report progress on their research exit options. May be used as elective credit.

RELG 798 - Master's Thesis (3 units)

The study of a well-defined problem that both emerges from and carries forward some existing body of knowledge or theory. Students who choose this research option work with the guidance of a faculty committee.

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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.