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 0
Scripture and Interpretation (15 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
Theology and Tradition (12 hours)
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
Ministry and Proclamation (12 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction To Missiology 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40080 Pastoral Leadership or
40600 Foundations of Worship 3
Leadership Studies (12 hours)
40080 Pastoral Leadership or 3
42210 Team Ministry Relations
42450 Change and Conflict Management 3
45150 Worldview, Culture, and Discipleship 3
45450 Teaching Practicum 3
Leadership Field Education (2 hours)
45190 Leadership Field Education: Survey 1
45193 Leadership Field Education: Leadership 1
M.A. Core 39
Church Ministries Core 12
Leadership Studies/Field Education 2
Total (53)
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.