Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


MA / L

MA in Leadership

The MA in Leadership develops people of character who foster relationships of influence to reach goals of significance.

Students will be challenged to enrich their character by making ethically sound and principled decisions; to gain wisdom for managing relationships within an organization and in the broader world; and to gain skills – based on awareness of themselves and research-grounded best practices for effectively reaching their vocational goals.

MA in Leadership

Where can this degree take me?

The MA in Leadership program is intended for faith minded individuals who want to enhance their leadership capabilities. Perhaps you are a mid-range manager who wants more education to help press in on your increasing responsibilities. Perhaps you are someone who feels that God has called you to work with a diverse group of individuals to realize certain ambitions, but you realize you need more tools to do this well. Perhaps you are enrolled in another Graduate or Divinity school program and want to add a second degree to hone your skills for success in an organization. The MA in Leadership program might be the bridge that helps you get to the next level.

What makes the MA in Leadership Distinctive?

Faith Integrated

Christian convictions should make a difference in how one leads. Trinity draws from a long Christian intellectual tradition that informs our curriculum. We seek to bring faith, life, and learning to bear on the endeavor of leadership. This commitment is clearly demonstrated in our approach to various topics such as ethics, followership, and mentoring.

Practitioner Connected

The MA in Leadership degree emphasizes connection to expert practitioners and mentors. Integration of a practitioner’s perspective in every area of discipline is a core value. Building networks of relationship with field leaders is a priority in every course.

Culturally Engaged

As our world becomes increasingly globalized, so does the task of relating cross-culturally for the leader. Engagement with culture from a Christ-centered foundation that is intellectually rigorous and highly relevant is our perspective. We are committed to high standards of research, thinking, and living as a means of preparing students to be responsive leaders in the face of an ever-changing context. Students on our campuses represent over 30 different countries and every corner of the US. For those who have not fully wrestled with the changing dynamics of contextualization, or the skills to communicate sensitively in a cross-cultural environment, this program will provide opportunities to reach that potential.

Designed for the Life Engaged Learner

Learners bring a wealth of understanding from their life and vocational experience; they should not have to disengage from current responsibilities to be a better leader. Our program is designed to accommodate work obligations while allowing students to make timely progress and we work closely with our students to ensure they stay connected even when other commitments arise. A motivated part-time student can complete this program in as little as 36 months, mostly attending one night a week. Additionally, daytime, modular, and online classes are available, and our program coordinator will work with students to help them complete program according to their scheduling needs.

What will I study?

The majority of coursework is split between core leadership studies and emphasis/elective options. Students complete their work with a capstone project or integrative paper.

  • Common Core Courses - 6 hours

    LR 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought in Leadership 3 hrs
    LR 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement in Leadership 3 hrs


  • Leadership Core: Character, Relationships & Goals - 15 hours

    LR 5010 Introduction to Leadership: Definition & Perspectives 1 hr
    LR 5051 Foundations of Ethical Leadership 2 hrs
    LR 6720 Followership 2 hrs
    LR 6811 Social & Cultural Understanding for Leadership 2 hrs
    LR 6850 Organizational Dynamics 2 hrs
    LR 6370 Contextualization & Communication 2 hrs
    LR 5460 Change & Conflict Management 2 hrs
    LR 6380 Assessment & Innovation 2 hrs


  • Leadership Emphasis - 9 hours

    The MA in Leadership program seeks to develop individuals as they prepare for influence in one of three selected venues: International, Organizational, or Nonprofit Leadership emphasis. Details for each of the emphases, including required courses, are listed below.

  • Electives - 6 hours

    Students choose 6 hours from Graduate or Divinity school courses relevant to their leadership development. Students should consult with an academic advisor in planning their individual programs of study.

  • Capstone Course - 3-4 hours

    At the culmination of this program, students may choose from a capstone project or an integrative research paper that will enable them to creatively explore personalized application of their leadership studies. This opportunity allows them to reflect on the totality of their experience and to celebrate their accomplishment.
    LR 7468 Leadership Capstone Literature Review*
    *May be waived by Program Director
    1 hr
    Choose one:
    LR 7478 Leadership Capstone Project 3 hrs
    LR 7478 Leadership Thesis 3 hrs


The MA in Leadership program seeks to develop individuals as they prepare for influence in one of three selected venues: International, Organizational, or Nonprofit Leadership emphasis. Classes from another emphasis may be taken to fulfill elective hours.