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Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership is a 36-hour, non-thesis program designed to equip leaders with the core leadership skills and knowledge necessary to become effective practitioner-leaders in for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations. Courses are designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of key leadership theories and are heavily weighted towards learning how to apply leadership skills in real-world contexts. Students will hear from panels of leaders in the field, perform individual and group learning projects, visit the headquarters of exemplary organizations, and engage in a capstone trip experience to Washington, D.C. designed to allow students to learn about key historical leaders as well as interview current national leaders. The goal of the program is to provide a practical, yet thought-provoking master’s-level degree in leadership that will allow practitioners to become Christian scholars, servant leaders, and global thinkers.


Considerations for Admission Specific to This Program:

Applicants must have: 1) earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by DBU, 2) show strong moral character commensurate with the University’s mission of producing servant leaders, and 3) demonstrate through their academic record a likelihood of success in the Master of Arts in Leadership program. In addition to these requirements, another factor that will be considered is the applicant’s record of service in the community and in positions of leadership.


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership
MAL 5308 - Great Leaders in History 
MAL 5309 - Revolutionary Power: Leadership in the Lives of the Founding Fathers 
MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership
MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change 
MAL 6303 - Leadership in Conflict and Adversity
MAL 6304 - Leadership Communication
MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
MAL 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
MAL 6307 - Mentored Leadership Internship (S-L)
MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.