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Master of Arts in Leadership

The programme is ideal for those in full-time professional employment, including pastors, church administrators, business managers, educational leaders, and more.

About the Course

The Master of Arts in Leadership is ideal for those in full-time professional employment, including pastors, church administrators, business managers, educational leaders, and more. It can be completed part- time across a three-year period, with intensive sessions complemented throughout the year by a range of flexible online interactions and a face-to-face learning group.

The course represents a new concept in graduate education, designed to meet the needs of mid-career leaders. It is highly flexible to allow self-motivated learners to pursue a graduate degree without needing to move your family or interrupt your career.

Why enrol in MA Leadership with us?

  • You will experientially develop competencies through actual projects in your workplace
  • The programme uses a unique approach to learning and teaching where the your experience and skills are the implicit starting point
  • Working through ten areas of specialisation, you will enhance your understanding of leadership models and styles, the biblical philosophy of leadership, Christ as an example of leadership, cultural leadership, leadership in church organisations and entities, visioning, ethics and problem solving, conflict resolution, time management, change management and the development and mentoring of leaders.

Your future matters.

Achievements of the competencies are documented in a leadershipportfolio that includes artifacts ofwork-embedded projects and reflection papers that demonstrate your ability to integrate theory with practice. The portfolio also includes a dissertation focusing on a leadership problem in your own context.

 

The course breakdown

 

MA LEADERSHIP

Your academic years

The course comprises seven face-to-face compulsory sessions. During this time, you will meet twice a year for course modules designed to support the development of ten leadership competencies, including a research competency that requires the completion of a master’s dissertation.

 

Sessions

Year One

  • One- or two-week orientation in the summer at Newbold (Session 1)
  • One-week session during the autumn/winter (Session 2)
  • Monthly one-day meetings with local learning groups (venue organised by learning group)
  • Online discussions using the designated virtual learning platform

Sessions

Year Two

  • Two-week session in the summer at Newbold (Session 3)
  • One-week session during the autumn/winter (Session 4)
  • Monthly one-day meetings with local learning groups (venue organised by learning group)
  • Online discussions using the designated virtual learning platform

Sessions

Year Three and Final Summer Joint Session

  • Two-week session in the summer at Newbold (Session 5)
  • Research thesis defence at the one-week session during the autumn/winter (Session 6)
  • Monthly one-day meetings with local learning groups (venue organised by learning group)
  • Online discussions using the designated virtual learning platform

Final Summer Joint Session

  • Presentation of the completed ten competencies in a professional leadership portfolio

MA Leadership

Work experience

Leaders do not work by themselves. Leaders work with people. Their challenge is how to multiply human accomplishment by amplifying and aggregating human effort (Hamel, 2007).

In today’s challenging work environment, it is important that leadership education is not classroom-bound but impacts the real life context of the leader. How does the Leadership programme approach this challenge?

  • By requiring participants to be full-time employed or own their own business
  • By encouraging the development of competencies in actual work contexts
  • By creating a learning context that allows participants to use real-life and work experience as a foundation for competency development

Participants in the Leadership programme are at various stages in their career development. They come from a broad spectrum of organisations and institutions.

Modules

  • Core Competencies

    The course sessions offer modules designed to support the development of ten leadership competencies. You will develop seven core competencies and choose an additional three optional competencies

    • Cultivating Spiritual Leadership
    • Leading Others
    • Developing Others
    • Leading Organisational Change
    • Managing Organisational Health
    • Culture and Context
    • Leadership and Research
  • Optional competencies

    You will be able to choose the following additional three optional competencies:

    • Innovating with Technology
    • Health Outreach & Leadership
    • Urban Church Planting
    • Creative Leadership & Innovation
    • Social Entrepreneuring
    • Working with Youth in Mission

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

To apply to complete the Master of Arts in Leadership, you will need:

  • An undergraduate degree in any area
  • To be currently employed (and have at least 5 years experience)
  • To hold a leadership position

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

The Master of Arts in Leadership is available through Andrews University and as such applicants will need to apply directly to Andrews University in order to enrol on the programme.