M.A. Transformational Leadership and Administration

Master in Transformational Leadership and Administration

Number of credits: 36

Offered Hybrid Flex and Fully Online

The MATLA Degree Program, both in our hybrid flex and fully online format, seeks to offer maximum learning opportunities to “prepare faith and thought leaders to engage in “relevant, restorative and revolutionary ministry.” The MATLA Program envisions “a diverse and inclusive community of learners” and provides resources, tools, and strategies for effective leadership with a special focus on the urban context, with global perspectives.

MATLA is for individuals who plan to serve in executive, programmatic and administrative leadership positions in congregations and faith-based and non-profit organizations. Participants in this program will “engage in prophetic and transformative ministry” with training in a broad range of theological disciplines, including scriptural studies, religious thought and tradition, and the practice of ministry. The coursework and field placement project will offer content that integrates theological education with transformational, administrative, and organizational theory and practice, building on the student’s own cultural and experiential competencies. Students learn leadership, management, and transformational change strategies that promote transformation 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.

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