Master of Arts in Religious Leadership and Administration

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.

Career Pathways

  • Executive Minister
  • Program Executive/Coordinator
  • Manager
  • Administrator

Program Chair

Dr. Alfred Johnson

Program Requirements

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.

Due to Covid-19,

all NYTS classes will take place remotely for the Fall 2020 semester