Master of Arts – Leadership

Advance Your Career with a Master’s Degree in Leadership

Every workplace needs transformative, visionary leaders. MACU’s Master of Leadership program addresses this need by preparing students to lead in their fields of work with a deep understanding of theoretical foundations and applicable knowledge.

The degree is ideal for many individuals, from workers with technical skills who wish to transition into positions of management to individuals who are already in positions of leadership but desire to polish their expertise. No matter their background, students complete the program equipped with the skills they need to advance in their careers and increase their impacts.

The Master of Arts in Leadership program prepares students to lead in any work place through courses that focus on topics such as organizational culture, training, leadership theory and project management. In order to prepare students to manage the changes that accompany the constant expansion of technology and social media, the program emphasizes strategies of leading change.

Additionally, students in the M.A. in Leadership program will cultivate their skills in communication and teamwork. Individuals will graduate the program as leaders equipped to manage others, identify and offer solutions to problems and initiate positive change in any setting.

MACU's M.A. in Leadership is also available 100% in Spanish! ¡La Maestría en Liderazgo de MACU también está disponible 100% en español! Click here to learn more. 

Why MACU is Your Choice for a Master of Arts in Leadership

At Mid-America Christian University, we understand the need for flexibility when one is earning a degree while working full-time. Our six-week classes, whether on-campus or online, are designed to work around the schedule of a busy adult who is committed to advancing his or her career.  In addition to flexibility, the MA in Leadership offers an ethics component, which is a feature unique to MACU. 

We are excited to announce that the online classes are available entirely in Spanish so that Spanish-speaking students can develop their leadership skills without the obstacle of learning in a second language.

To further differentiate their educational experience, students can gain expertise in specific fields of leadership by choosing one of the four available concentrations:

  • Business Management
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Ministry Leadership
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What You Can Do with a Master’s in Leadership

  • Supervisor
  • Corporate Trainer 
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Management Consultant
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MGMT5113 Organizational Behavior
This course introduces the theories of behavior in human management. A critical analysis is performed on the contributions to the organizational behavior discipline and its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of culture development, time management, job design, change, motivation, leadership development, communication, small group dynamics, and negotiation in the business setting.
MGMT5353 Communication in Professional Organ izations
This course is designed to groom the aspiring business professional leader to deliver professional, concise, powerful, and audience appropriate communication by utilizing the most acceptable tools, modes and media available. This will also sensitize the professional to appropriate communication etiquette and protocols to help ensure the credibility and effectiveness of the intended message.
ML5111 Program Orientation
This course serves as an orientation to the Master of Leadership and Master of Leadership Public Administration degree programs explaining the program elements of mentorship, research, scholarly writing, collaboration and the Christian worldview including social equity.
ML5123 Organizational Culture and Behavior
This course examines organizational culture in terms of its history, setting, characteristics, components, and different types of interventions. Students will consider the perspectives of sociology and other social sciences as they explore personal and organizational values, communication and social networks, community trends, and forecasting for the future. Every leader who has served more than one organization is well aware of the likelihood of differences, but is often inadequately trained to diagnose and create workable solutions to the problems facing the particular group they are leading.
ML5133 Introduction to Quantitative Method of Administrative Data
Introduction to the basis and use of quantitative methods in government adsministration. Subjects include systematic research in public administration, measurement theory, bivariate analysis, and hypothesis testing and statistical inference.
ML5143 Leadership Theory and Practice
This course explores the history and development of leadership theory as well as the role of leadership in the students’ current organizational settings. Although leadership and management are not the same, they are often confused. The unique features of each are studied along with practical application of case studies of current leaders as well as from history. Managers develop subordinates, leaders develop followers, and the most highly successful leaders develop leaders. Students will evaluate their own leadership style using the Leadership Practices Inventory developed by Kouzes and Posner. Students will gain hands-on experience by analyzing their performance in a current or new leadership role.
ML5163 Training and Development
This course addresses the core aspects of instructional systems design as applied to workforce learning and performance. Learners apply key principles involved in assessing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating employee development and performance improvement programs. Learners gain hands-on experience by creating an active training event.
ML5243 Leading Change
Leaders often attempt changes that they believe are critical to the survival of the organization only to find those changes are resisted by the very people the leader is attempting to help. People's response to change depends on the degreeto which they understand the need for change, are involved in teh change process, and understand the implications the change has for their roles. This class explores the processes necessary to identify the need for change using appropriate models, plan the process of change, obtain authorization for the change and motivate the appropriate stakeholders to ensure success.
ML5263 The Adult Learner
Learners explore the basic theories and current research in adult education. This class draws from both adult development and adult education to explore the stages of human development, issues concerning adult learning ability, how and why adults learn, and how to make sure that learning has taken place.
ML5273 Nonprofit Leadership
Learners explore the basic theories and current research in adult education. This class draws from both adult development and adult education to explore the stages of human development, issues concerning adult learning ability, how and why adults learn, and how to make sure that learning has taken place.
ML5313 Project Management
This course presents the technical, managerial and organizational concepts and tactics associated with managing projects. Topics include the skills, tools, and techniques for projecting activities to achieve project requirements while using processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Studens will be required to evaluate a recent change process in which they participated, created a project managment structure for a needed change project, and to initiate the change process in their own setting using project management models.
ML5333 Research Methods
This course is designed to acquaint students with research methods including qualitative and quantitative procedures, sampling procedures, and survey design as well as how to design a study, ethical issues, data collection, and presentation of data.
ML5343 Financial Development and Resource Management
Leaders must be able to find the money to fund the budget for the planned programs to accomplish the mission of the group they are leading. Funding, budgeting, and financial accountability are prerequisite to success in any organization. This class explores the skills necessary for budgeting, stewardship, donor development, funding, accountability and ethical use of resources. While not an accounting course the differences between for-profit, not-for-profit, and cash flow accounting requirements are explored.
ML5353 Decision Making
Leadership decisions must often be made with incomplete evidence. This course provides an understanding of various forces which influence the process of making and implementing decisions. Students will learn leadership decision making from individual, small group, and social environment contexts, as well as values of good decisions and the unintended consequences of poor decisions.
ML5363 Communication for Leadership
This course focuses on the philosophy and behaviors associated with leadership communication in various contexts. Emphasis is placed on unique aspects of messages as individuals enact leadership roles. Includes an overview of emerging technologies, use of social media and multimedia, and an analysis of the social and behavioral effect of these technologies on human interaction in intra- and inter-agency contexts.
ML6023 Integrative Leadership Project
This course serves as a capstone for the MA Leadership program. Students will complete an application project related to their emphasis and field of interest.

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