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Master of Arts in Discipleship/Master of Arts in Leadership


The dual Master of Arts in Discipleship and Master of Arts in Leadership is a 60-hour, non-thesis dual degree program that will allow students to learn not only about ministry but also how to lead effectively in their respective callings. The program is designed to equip students with the theological background, ministry training, and leadership skills they will need to serve in a variety of leadership positions in the world of ministry.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.

Note:  Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.


  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey

Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 3 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

MA IN DISCIPLESHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 27 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


DISC 6301 - Christian Education in the Local Church

DISC 6302 - Biblical Strategies for Discipleship
DISC 6304 - Principles for Bible Teaching
DISC 6308 - Disciple-Making Through Evangelism and Missions
GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship
Six (6) hours of the MA in Leadership Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MA in Discipleship Required Curriculum.

MA IN LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change 
MAL 5308 - Great Leaders in History
MAL 5309 - Revolutionary Power: Leadership in the Lives of the Founding Fathers (Experiential Learning Trip to Washington, D.C., or Boston)
MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership
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
MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics
Three (3) hours of the MA in Discipleship Required Curriculum serve as an elective for the MA in Leadership Required Curriculum.


3 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

27 hours

MA in Discipleship Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Leadership Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

(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.