Ministry Leadership MA

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Online Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Ministry Leadership Graduate Degree at Crown

Mention ministry leadership and, usually, seminary comes to mind. Crown provides an excellent and practical alternative to the seminary experience: The online Christian Master’s in Ministry Leadership. An advanced degree with an emphasis on practical leadership, the program prepares men and women for leadership positions in churches, missions and other faith-based organizations. Our graduates also actively study and engage a changing culture from a Christian perspective.

The online Master’s in Ministry Leadership empowers leaders with skills in researching one’s ministry context so that effective strategies can be developed and implemented. This preparation includes coursework related to key leadership competencies in the areas of spiritual formation, social and cultural analysis, theories of leadership, and the theology of work and leadership.

M.A. in Ministry Leadership students can choose from numerous Emphasis tracks including:

The online Master’s in Ministry Leadership is designed so that students can also pursue the Master of Divinity degree.  Students hoping to pursue the M.Div. in addition to MA degree are encouraged to pursue the Christian Studies emphasis.

Anyone actively involved in leadership and ministry is a life-long learner. So our M.A. in Ministry Leadership includes research components that engage students in analyzing the ministry context in which they are working, and in enhancing their relevance in addressing the needs of the people they are leading. In this way, the program equips graduates to innovate and move their faith-based organizations into the future.

Faculty with the highest academic degrees, as well as significant ministry and mission experience, lead the courses in Crown’s dynamic online learning environment. The quality of the Christian Ministry M.A. is reflected in top rankings by both MONEY Magazine and Christian Universities Online.

Crown’s easy-to-use online learning environment allows you the freedom and flexibility to complete coursework at your convenience. Tuition is priced competitively lower than similar accredited institutions. In fact, 98 percent of those enrolled at Crown receive student loans, scholarships or financial aid for graduate students.

  • Career Outcomes

    Degree details

    The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MA) degree is a 1-2 year graduate-level program designed as an accelerated path for those who want to earn a ministry-oriented master’s degree.  The online ministry degree is a convenient program for those already working in ministry and desiring to further develop their knowledge and skills as professionals. The program is also a good choice for individuals seeking to change careers and move into a vocational ministerial role.

    What it emphasizes

    The Ministry Leadership (MA) equips students with innovative ideas to keep their ministries relevant and Christ-centered. Leadership theory, organizational communications, ethics, strategy, and topics in applied ministry are all key components of the program.   Other key outcomes associated with this degree will include enhanced leadership skills and the ability to effectively lead conflict resolution, strategic planning, research, and analysis of various ministry contexts. The overarching goal is to train leaders who will lead their faith-based organizations more strategically, effectively, and in alignment with biblical principles of leadership.

    Types of opportunities where this degree might be used

    The online Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MA) degree is a good choice for individuals who are already actively engaged in fulltime ministry as well as those employed outside the church but desiring greater training for key leadership roles they hold within the church or related ministries.  The degree may be well-suited to those serving in missions, para-church ministries, Christian schools, Christian colleges, and a wide range of faith-based nonprofit organizations.  Graduates might hold roles as senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, committee chairperson, elder, deacon, church business administrator, nonprofit director, executive director, and so on.

    What you need to pursue this degree

    Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have a baccalaureate degree in any subject. This degree will be beneficial for those who have some training and research background in Theological studies.

    Interesting facts

    Crown faculty in our graduate programs have earned doctoral degrees and actively serve as practitioner-scholars in a variety of church and non-profit ministry contexts.

    Our program is designed for both men and women who seek to serve in a variety of religious leadership roles.

    Crown’s M. A. degrees seek to draw upon the strengths in our other graduate programs to allow students to take elective credits in their area of interest. The online master’s degree in Ministry Leadership offers various areas of Emphasis in the areas of Christian Studies, Spiritual Formation,Pastoral Leadership,Executive Leadership,Pastoral Counseling,Intercultural Ministries, Disaster and Emergency Management and Social Science Research.

  • Learning Goals

    The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership is designed to prepare men and women for a variety of leadership positions in local churches, para-church ministries, and non-profit organizations.

    Graduates of the MAML will be prepared to:

    • Demonstrate a commitment to spiritual formation as a lifelong journey and correlate spiritual formation with ministry and leadership development
    • Analyze one’s personal and leadership decisions in light of the principles of effective stewardship, time-management, teamwork, and leadership initiative
    • Apply the theology of leadership and work to an area of ministry leadership practice
    • Employ sound hermeneutical and theological principles of Scripture and identify and assess unsound theologies and hermeneutical approaches in print, audio, and visual media
    • Create a strategy for facilitating spiritual formation in a particular ministry context
    • Analyze one’s social and cultural context in order to develop strategies for local ministry
    • Write an effective strategic plan
    • Recommend changes based on a communication audit
  • Course Requirements

    Ministry Leadership (M.A.) Courses

    Required Courses for the Ministry Leadership M.A. Degree


    II. Electives - 12 Credits


    General electives should be selected in consultation with one's academic advisor. General electives accepted for transfer into this degree program should normally fall within the areas of study represented by the following emphasis tracks. If an emphasis track is chosen, the student will  need to complete additional elective credits to reach the required number of credits for the degree.

    Note: Students hoping to continue on to pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  degree are encouraged to pursue the Christian Studies emphasis track and consult with their advisor to choose electives which will transfer into the M.Div.

    Emphasis Tracks - 9-11 Credits

    Note: If required emphasis track courses have been taken as part of the degree core, an additional 3 credits of electives per course will be required in order to fulfill the emphasis requirements.

    Biblical Studies Emphasis  

    Christian Studies Emphasis  

    Church Development Emphasis  

    Community Development Emphasis  

    Disaster and Emergency Management Emphasis  

    Executive Leadership Emphasis  

    Hmong Ministry Emphasis  

    Intercultural Ministries Emphasis  

    International Christian Education Emphasis  

    Non-Profit Leadership Emphasis  

    Pastoral Counseling Emphasis  

    Pastoral Leadership Emphasis  

    Social Science Research Emphasis  

    Spiritual Formation Emphasis  

    Urban Ministry Emphasis  

    Total - 36 Credits


    Two-Year Program Plan for the Ministry Leadership Program


    Block B (Spring Semester)


    Block C (Fall Semester)


    Block D (Spring Semester)


    Block Sequence:


    Students starting in the Fall: A, B, C, D

    Students starting in the Spring: B, A, C, D



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  • Tuition

    Graduate School (GS) Tuition

    Online Graduate 2018-2019 Costs

    Tuition Per Credit (except MBA Program) $530
    Block Tuition 12-16 Credits (except MBA Program) $5,725 per semester
    MBA Program Tuition Per Credit $545
    Application Fee $25
    Technology Fee $130 per semester

    Online Graduate 2017-2018 Costs

    Tuition Per Credit (except MBA Program) $510
    Block Tuition 10-15 Credits (except MBA Program) $5,410 per semester
    MBA Program Tuition Per Credit $530
    Application Fee $25
    Technology Fee $125 per semester

    Check Course Catalog for any additional fees related to your specific program.

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