Master of Arts - Leadership, Transformational Leadership

Become a Successful Leader and Disciplemaker with a Transformational Leadership Degree

Successful ministers are successful leaders who can help head up their local church, nonprofit organization or missions to impact the world for Christ. 

When you add a Transformational Leadership emphasis to your Master of Arts in Leadership degree program, you amplify your focus on developing servant leadership skills for local church ministry. This degree may be the perfect fit for you if you studied Bible and theology in your Bachelor's degree program. 

Upon completion of the M.A. in Leadership with a Transformational Leadership emphasis program, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to lead a church that nurtures the spiritual life of the congregation and that develops effective, meaningful relationships with its members. You will be able to help equip others for ministry, becoming an effective disciplemaker who helps fulfill The Great Commission. 


Why Choose MACU for a Master’s Degree in Leadership?

At Mid-America Christian University, we understand the importance of developing leaders who are equipped with a strong ethical foundation and practical knowledge so that they can serve in the public sector.

With our experience in adult and online education, we know how to do this without forcing someone to choose between devoting time to work and devoting time to school. Our six-week classes, whether on-campus or online, work around the schedule of a busy adult who divides time between a career, family and school.

In addition, our leadership professors are experienced in the field in which they are teaching, so students are guaranteed to complete the program with leadership strategies proven to be effective and knowledge that can immediately be applied in the workforce.

Careers Opportunities for Graduates of the M.A. in Leadership with a Transformational Leadership Emphasis Program

  • Chaplain
  • Church Administrator
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
  • Pastor
  • Teacher

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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 Organizations
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.
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.
ML5153 Public Budgeting and Finance
Examines how to develop successful fiscal policy initiatives. A sufficient understanding of the technical material and the political processes involved in making tax and spending policy. Economic policy and the impact on a state or municipality will be studied.
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.
ML5233 Public Policy Implementation
Examines the ethical implementations of public law. Develops an understanding of different analytic strategies for assessing if a program is being instituted as designed and is reasonably connected to its articulated goals.
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.
ML5253 Legislative Process and Behavior
Facilitates a better understanding of the: workings of the federal and state government; legislative process; relationship between bicameralism, federalism and the republican form of government; and the roles of elected representatives and the legislative staffs.
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.
ML5403 Bethel Studies I
Bethel Studies I focuses on nine major historical themes that challenge students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the first part of the Old Testament, based on ethical and transformational leadership. Participation in threaded discussions and external media links that support class content, as well as specific examples from biblical examples, foster student understanding and practical knowledge of contemporary issues of leadership and management, giving the student tools to develop a transformational leadership style.
ML5413 Bethel Studies II
This course continues an examination of historic books of the Old Testament through eleven major themes related to transformational leadership. Assigned and supplemental readings, combined with external media, provide a foundation to build on prior leadership concepts. Participation in threaded discussions fosters student understanding and practical knowledge of contemporary issues of leadership and management. Prerequisite: ML 5403 - Bethel Studies I
ML5423 Bethel Studies III
This course focuses on eleven major themes related to historic books of the New Testament. Students are exposed to these themes through participation in threaded discussions, use of external media links that support class content, and examination of specific examples from historic transformational leadership examples found in the New Testament. Prerequisite: ML 5413 - Bethel Studies II
ML5433 Bethel Studies IV
This course focuses on nine major themes related to historic books of the New Testament. The Bethel series challenges students to develop a comprehensive knowledge of ethical and transformational leadership through readings, discussions, media, and examples drawn from biblical individuals. The Bethel Series fosters student understanding and practical knowledge of contemporary issues in leadership and management, with an emphasis on the development of a transformational leadership abilities. Prerequisite: ML 5423 - Bethel Studies III
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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