the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership is a practitioner’s degree program that prepares persons for specialized ministry in church administration and/or leadership. The program integrates theology with leadership through an expanded curriculum of leadership courses. Graduates of this program will be prepared for ministries in discipleship, church administration, and executive or denominational leadership.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in local church leadership.
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980  Written Communication (if required) (2)
42490  Cooperative Program (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies (27 hours)
20200  Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220  Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100  Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200  Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220  Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100  Introduction to Church History I or Introduction to Church History II 3
27060  Systematic Theology I 3
27070  Systematic Theology II 3
27080  Systematic Theology III 3
Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry (12 hours)
32100  Personal Evangelism 3
32960  Introduction To Missiology 3
35040  Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40080  Pastoral Leadership1 or
40200  The Worshiping Church 3
Leadership Studies (12 hours)
40080  Pastoral Leadership2 or
42210  Team Ministry Relations 3
42450  Change and Conflict Management 3
45150  Worldview, Culture, and Discipleship 3
45400  Christian Teaching 3
BGS Applied Ministry: 44920 (2 hours)
M.A. Core 39
Leadership Studies 12
BGS Applied Ministry 2
Total (53)

1Pastoral Leadership (40080) is reserved for men. Women will take The Worshiping Church (40200).
2Pastoral Leadership (40080) is reserved for men. Women will take Team Ministry Relations (42210).

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.