Master of Arts in Religious Leadership and Administration (MARLA)
Number of credits: 48
The Master of Arts in Religious Leadership and Administration (MARLA) is a 48-credit degree designed to prepare individuals for administrative leadership in churches, religious institutions and faith-based organizations. The leadership and administrative demands of modern institutions can be overwhelming. This degree integrates foundational theological education with effective leadership and organizational development practices germane to faith-based institutions and non-profit organizations. Students learn the latest leadership and management and transformational change strategies, and are equipped with analytical and strategic skills that will promote growth, management and positive change.
- Executive Minister
- Program Executive/Coordinator
Dr. Alfred Johnson
The Master of Arts in Religious Leadership & Administration degree program is open to women and men who:
- possess a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college (applicants holding degrees or diplomas from another country may be required to provide a translated copy and to provide further information to help the admissions committee determine equivalency).
- demonstrate evidence of an ability to do graduate level study, primarily assessed through the written answers to the application essay questions and through recommendations.
- are able to articulate in a manner that is appropriate to their own experience and faith tradition an understanding of their call to serve in the specialized area of congregational or non-profit organizations.
- currently belong to a community of faith that recognizes or expects the applicant to exercise his or her calling to leadership and administration; or be willing to work within such a community of faith, exercising her or his calling to congregational administration.