Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


MA / L

Master of Arts / Leadership


The MA in Leadership develops people of character who foster relationships of influence to reach goals of significance.


Students will be challenged to enrich their character by making ethically sound and principled decisions; to gain wisdom for managing relationships within an organization and in the broader world; and to gain skills – based on awareness of themselves and research-grounded best practices for effectively reaching their vocational goals.

Master of Arts / Leadership

Where Can This Degree Take Me?

The MA in Leadership program is intended for faith-minded individuals who want to enhance their leadership capabilities. Perhaps you are a mid-range manager who wants more education to help press in on your increasing responsibilities. Maybe you are someone who feels that God has called you to work with a diverse group of individuals to realize certain ambitions but you realize you need more tools to do this well. The MA in Leadership program is the bridge that can help you get to the next level.

The MA in Leadership is designed to empower you to lead more effectively. You will be challenged to enrich your character by developing your ability to make ethically sound and biblically principled decisions and by gaining wisdom for managing relationships within and outside the corporate world. Choose from one of our three emphases: Organizational Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership or International Leadership.

Perhaps you are enrolled in another Graduate or Divinity school program and want to add a second degree to hone your skills for success in an organization. The MA in Leadership program might be the bridge that helps you get to the next level. 

What makes the MA in Leadership Distinctive?

Faith Integrated

Christian convictions should make a difference in how one leads. Trinity draws from a long Christian intellectual tradition that informs our curriculum. We seek to bring faith, life, and learning to bear on the endeavor of leadership. This commitment is clearly demonstrated in our approach to various topics such as ethics, followership, and mentoring.

Practitioner Connected

The MA in Leadership degree emphasizes connection to expert practitioners and mentors. Integration of practitioner’s perspective in every area of discipline is a core value. Building networks of relationship with field leaders is a priority in every course.

Culturally Engaged

As our world becomes increasingly globalized, so does the task of relating cross-culturally for the leader. Engagement with culture from a Christ-centered foundation that is intellectually rigorous and highly relevant is our perspective. We are committed to high standards of research, thinking, and living as a means of preparing students to be responsive leaders in the face of an ever-changing context. On our campuses are students representing over 30 different countries and every corner of the US. If you have not fully wrestled with the changing dynamics of contextualization, or the skills to communicate sensitively in a cross-cultural environment, you will be prompted to reach that potential.

Designed for the Life Engaged Learner

Adult Learners bring a wealth of understanding from their life and vocational experience. You should not have to disengage from your responsibilities to be a better leader. Our program is designed to accommodate your work obligations while allowing you to make timely progress. If you have to be out of town for business we can work with you to stay connected. A motivated part-time student can complete this program in as little as 36 months, mostly attending one night a week. Daytime, modular, and online classes are also available. Our program coordinator will work with you to complete your program according to your scheduling needs

What Will I Study?

In addition to the core required courses across all programs, students pursuing an MA in Leadership will focus on the following areas:

  • Electives (6 hours)

    Given the interdisciplinary nature of leadership and the diverse potential goals of our graduates, students may avail themselves of a variety of graduate-level electives offered by Trinity Graduate School, such as the bioethics courses. Departments of Counseling, Education, Pastoral Theology, and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School offer electives that may be of particular interest to a learner’s pursuits.

    Select 6 hours from among the following:


    LR 5530 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
    BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics: Matters of Life and Death 3 hours
    BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
    BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1-2 hours
    BE 6300 Bioethics, Human Dignity, and the Church 3 hours
    BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
    BE 6600 Classic Cases in Bioethics 3 hours
    BE 7700 Bioethics Seminar 1-4 hours
    CO 5210 Counseling Skills in Training 3 hours
    CO 6000 Current Studies in Counseling 1-4 hours
    CO 6120 Addiction Counseling 3 hours
    CO 6530 Child and Adolescent Counseling 2-3 hours
    CO 6610 Human Sexuality 3 hours
    CO 7140 Crisis Counseling 2-3 hours
    EM 5150 Urban Educational Ministries 3 hours
    ES 7805 Developing Emerging Leaders 1-2 hours
    ES 7816 Leading Change in Organizations 1-2 hours
    ES 7830 Developing Collaborative Teams 1-2 hours
    ES 8220 Teaching in Higher Education 2 hours
    ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry 2 hours
    ME 6660 Christian Community Development 2 hours
    ME 7722 Studies in Reconciliation 2 hours
    ME 8312 Christian Encounters with World Religions 3 hours
    PT 7870 Ministry of Mercy and Justice 2 hours


  • Leadership Core Courses (6 hours)

    LR 5001 Foundations for Integrative Thought in Leadership 3 hours
    LR 5002 Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Leadership 3 hours

  • Leadership Studies Courses (15 hours)

    LR 5010 Introduction to Leadership: Definition & Perspectives 1 hour
    LR 5051 Foundations of Ethical Leadership 2 hours
    LR 5460 Change & Conflict Management 2 hours
    LR 6371 Contextualization & Communication 2 hours
    LR 6380 Assessment & Innovation 2 hours
    LR 6720 Followership 2 hours
    LR 6811 Social & Cultural Understanding for Leadership 2 hours
    LR 6850 Organizational Dynamics 2 hours

  • Nonprofit Courses (9 hours)

    LR 6920 Human Resource Management 3 hours
    LR 6940 Essentials of Nonprofit Operational Management 3 hours
    LR 6960 Nonprofit Organizational Dynamics 3 hours

  • Organizational Courses (9 hours)

    LR 5570 Group & Organizational Communication 3 hours
    LR 6520 Coaching & Mentoring 3 hours
    LR 6920 Human Resource Management 3 hours

  • International Courses (9 hours)

    LR 5820 Globalization for LEadership 3 hours
    LR 5890 International Practicum 3 hours
    ME 8210 Intercultural Communication 3 hours

  • Leadership Capstone (4 hours)


    LR 7468 Leadership Capstone Literature Review 1 hour

    Choose one of the following:

    LR 7478 Leadership Capstone Project 3 hours
    LR 7480 Leadership Integrative Paper 3 hours