Degrees

Master of Arts in Leadership

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 48-hour Master of Arts in Leadership prepares you to be a missional leader within the church, marketplace or non-profit organization. In an increasingly complex and changing global context, you’ll develop effective leadership skills and qualities to be a transformational pastor, leader, director or CEO through the disciplines of biblical, theological and leadership studies, missiology and spiritual formation.

Study Online. Stay on Mission.

With an online Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Complete this 48-hour degree in as few as three years with online classes and three, one-week campus visits. World-renowned scholars integrate theology, history, sociology, ethics and leadership into your coursework that’s designed specifically for your ministry context. Through campus-visits, online courses and practicums, you’ll gain a community of life-long friendships and practical skills to be a creative and innovative ministry leader.

What to Expect from the Degree

As you complete your degree, you’ll be able to

  1. Integrate biblical, theological, missiological and social science perspectives into a cohesive understanding of Wesleyan leadership.
  2. Demonstrate increased capacity within a holistic systems approach to leadership.

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.

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If you received a religion major or minor from an accredited college or university, you can receive a maximum of 12 credits toward a Master of Arts degree.

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Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Spring

Summer

Fall

 

January 15

May 15

August 15

  • Application (online at asbury.to/apply)
  • $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • The M.A. in Leadership program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0
  • Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
  • Personal history essay (1050-1500 words) 350-500 words per question.
    • Share your testimony starting with how you met Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in seminary.
    • What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
    • Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
    • Optional: If your GPA is not a good indication of your academic ability, please explain.
  • Four required references (references cannot be related to applicant)
    • Four references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu, including a pastoral reference (required) and a professor or academic administrator reference (recommended). Laity or personal acquaintances are accepted.
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
  • Background Check 
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

The Master of Arts in Leadership is offered as an approved exception to the Association of Theological Schools’ Standard B, section B.3.1.3.

 

Hrs Course ID Course Name
Master of Arts Required Courses
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative 
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry
3 CH501 Church History–One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 MS501 Missional Formation
3 NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511 Inductive Bible Study
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
Leadership Studies Required Courses
3 CL605 Christian Leadership Identity
3 CL/CD/SF613 Theology & Practice of Equipping Laity
3 CL718 Cross Cultural Leadership
3  CL/MS717 Leading Change
Choose a Mentored Ministry Path
3 MM701 Mentored Ministry Project
-OR-
1 MM514 Mentored Ministry in Leadership One
1 MM614 Mentored Ministry in Leadership Two
1 MM714 Mentored Ministry in Leadership Three
  Leadership Elective Courses
9

CL550-799, CS620, CS621, CS625, CS642, OT/NT (IBS) 610-649, PC510, PC515, PR610-649,WO510, WO515, MS634, MS671, MS702, MS705, MS730

Hispanic Theology & Social Ethics,Hispanic History, Theology and Ministry, Black History, Theology and Mission, Majority/Minority Relations, Care of Persons, Pastoral Crisis Intervention, Preaching Course Option, Worship Leadership, Sacramental Theology, 21st C. Church Planting, Anthropology and Biblical Theology, Urban Church Planting & Global, Congregations & Social Change

Proposed degree pathway:

FA 16 (Residential) CD501 & CL/SF/CD613  JA 17

SP17

TH501 & CL605

SU17

BT501

FA 17

MS501 & CS601

 JA18

GE

SP18 (Residential)

CL615 & NT (IBS)510 

SU18

TH601 

FA 18

CH501 & GE

 JA19

 SP19

MM701 & GE

SU19 (Residential)

CL/MS/SF717

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually to help you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance

Degree

Total Credits

Cost

Master of Arts

48 credits

$650/credit hour

Total

 

$31,200

Academic Year 2018-2019

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$140 per semester

$70 per semester

Graduation Fee

$200 one-time fee

$200 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$115 per semester

$55 per semester

Scholarships

Institutional scholarships are available through Asbury Theological Seminary. Scholarships are highly competitive and priority consideration is given to those who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Asbury Financial Aid Application, and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Recipients of scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need. 

Some of the scholarships include:

  • Mary Whetstone and Walter J. Knabe Scholarship – average award $10,700
  • Windgate Scholarship – average award $10,000
  • J.C. McPheeters Scholarship – average award $7,000
  • Timothy C. Tennent Church Planting and Cross-Cultural Missionary Service Scholarship – average award $4,500
  • Leo H. Naughton Scholarship – average award $3,200
  • Asbury Deans Scholarship – average award $1,500
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