Master of Science in Leadership with Ministry Concentration

The online Master of Science in Leadership with Ministry Concentration is a 36 credit hour graduate program, designed to enhance the professional skills of ministry leaders. The program caters to adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in the church, parachurch, other ministry organizations, and other areas of their professional lives.

Intended to grow the individual’s comprehension of internal and external social, political, interpersonal, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within an organization, this master degree in leadership has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines.

Master of Science in Leadership classes are offered in eight week terms. All courses are taught from the foundation of the biblical worldview, and students are taught to lead with conviction, think critically, and achieve success according to Christian principles.



The following are the Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Ministry Concentration program:

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Understand the mission of the church
  • Grasp the role of the educational ministry of the church
  • Understand the Biblical concept of shepherding and how this relates to the role of the leader
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Appreciate the trends of a global world and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of sub-units.
  • Master methods of organization change and development.
  • Develop the ability to utilize the most recent tools and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and find strategies to address them.

Curriculum Summary

Master of Science in Leadership with Ministry Concentration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSL/MBA640 Organizational Behavior 3
MSL630 Leading Productive Teams 3
MSL658 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MSL665 Conflict Resolution 3
MSL660 Human Resources 3
MSL686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL668 Organizational Change 3
MSL670 Leadership Capstone 3
MIN610 Biblical Shepherding 3
MIN620 Education Ministry of the Church 3
MIN630 Church and its Mission 3

Admission Information

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.S.L. program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee.  Students admitted on a conditional basis to the M.S.L. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.