MA in Leadership

Master of Arts in Leadership

A Master of Arts in Leadership empowers students to lead in any type of organization. Individuals who will find this program most useful are aspiring Senior Executives, Corporate Trainers, Human Resource Managers, School Leaders or other similar roles. Your passion for leadership can be rewarding regardless of your field. Within our program we will teach you how to become a relevant and impactful leader.

FEATURES OF OUR MAL DEGREE PROGRAM

  • Flexible. Master of Arts in Leadership classes are offered Online and at most of our locations (Atlanta, Marietta, and Gwinnett). We offer daytime and evening course options.
  • Fast. Our flexible transfer credit policy can decrease the length of time in the program.
  • Personalized attention. Our small class sizes enhance the learning experience and allow students to interact more easily with our faculty.
  • Affordable. Our affordable tuition puts an MAL within your reach.
  • Accredited. Beulah Heights University is accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
  • Faith-based. Our courses reflect a Christian worldview with a biblical philosophy of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development.
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Program Details

What Will I Learn?

Students in this program will become more self-aware and develop skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, change leadership, and emotional intelligence. 

Your course work will enable you to:

  • understand the dynamics of Christian leadership
  • understand key elements of organizational leadership such as ethics, communication, and organizational development
  • exhibit relevant and effective problem solving and conflict resolution methodologies
  • identify power structure within organizational models and understand how to effect change within the cultural context. 
What Courses Will I Take?

Master of Arts Leadership Studies - 42 Credits

Core Curriculum – 27 credit hours (9 courses)
LS 620 Research Writing in Leadership and Business (must be taken in first year)

  • Bi 501 Old Testament
  • Bi 502 New Testament
  • TH 503 Systematic Theology I
  • LS 698 Leadership Studies Capstone
  • Th 513 Systematic Theology II
  • LS 600 Introduction to Leadership
  • LS 613 Case Studies in Biblical Leadership
  • LS 601 Ethical Considerations of Leadership

Leadership Studies Requirements - 15 credit hours (5 courses)
Students will choose 15 hours of curriculum study from the Leadership electives

  • LS 590 Executive Leadership I
  • LS 591 Executive Leadership II
  • LS 602 Global Dimensions of Leadership
  • LS 603 Organizational Communication
  • LS 604 Conflict Resolution
  • LS 605 Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
  • LS 606 Organizational Administration
  • LS 607 Managing Organizational Change
  • LS 609 Church Planting
  • LS 610 Financial Administration
  • LS 611 Women in Leadership
  • LS 612 Principles in Business
  • LS 613 Case Studies in Biblical Leadership
  • LS 614 Multicultural management
  • LS 616 Marketing Strategies
  • LS 617 Leading in Crisis
  • LS 618 Servant Leadership
  • LS 619 Historical and Contemporary Models of Leadership
  • LS 683 Laws of Leadership

Note: Check for pre-requisites before enrolling in a course.

Master of Arts Leadership Studies- Leadership Coaching Concentration 42 Credits

Core Curriculum – 27 credit hours (9 courses)

  • LS 620 Research Writing in Leadership and Business (must be taken in first year)
  • Bi 501 Old Testament
  • Bi 502 New Testament
  • TH 503 Systematic Theology I
  • LS 698 Leadership Studies Capstone
  • Th 513 Systematic Theology II
  • LS 600 Introduction to Leadership
  • LS 503 Coaching Essentials
  • LS 557 Whole Life Coaching

Leadership Studies Requirements - 15 credit hours (5 courses)
Students will choose 15 hours of curriculum study from the Leadership Coaching Requirements

  • LS 563 Essentials of Practical Coaching
  • LS 627 The Business of Coaching
  • LS 687 Advanced Assessments and Professional Certification
  • LS 593 Coaching Specialties
  • LS 655 Coaching the Coach
Course Descriptions

Bi 501 Old Testament
This course gives a broad overview of the entire Old Testament in the context of history, geography and culture of its time demonstrating how each book fits into the whole story of redemption.

Bi 502 New Testament
This course gives a broad overview of the entire New Testament in the context of history, geography, and culture of its time. The chief events, characters, and teachings of each book will be studies in reaction to God’s ongoing plan.

TH 503 Systematic Theology I
This course serves as an introduction to the nature and source of theology, the inspiration and verification of the Scriptures, the doctrine of God, the creation and doctrine of man, and the doctrine of the angels. Study includes God attributes, God’s names, and Trinitarians.

LS 698 Leadership Studies Capstone
During the last semester of study before graduation from each program of study, and before being awarded a degree, the student will be required to complete this course in which the student produces a substantial writing assignment (generally 50-60 pages). This research paper will demonstrate comprehension and synthesis of the material covered over the course of the program of study and will address an area of interest, ministry, or future employment context, relating biblical concepts to ministry or leadership topics. A grade of C or better must be achieved in this course to earn a degree.

Th 513 Systematic Theology II
This course examines Christology (the doctrine of Christ), which includes the names of Christ, His nature, humiliation, exaltation, and offices, as well as the soteriology (doctrine of salvation).

LS 600 Introduction to Leadership
During the last semester of study before graduation from each program of study, and before being awarded a degree, the student will be required to complete this course in which the student produces a substantial writing assignment (generally 50-60 pages). This research paper will demonstrate comprehension and synthesis of the material covered over the course of the program of study and will address an area of interest, ministry, or future employment context, relating biblical concepts to ministry or leadership topics. A grade of C or better must be achieved in this course to earn a degree.

LS 613 Case Studies in Biblical Leadership
This course empowers students to look at biblical examples of leadership (both good and bad) to identify leadership “styles” and to distill leadership principles. It utilizes a case study methodology and thereby engages the student’s critical thinking and synthesis of key concepts related both to sound leadership practices and biblical models.

LS 601 Ethical Considerations of Leadership
This course focuses on how values and ethics are established and managed in ministry and how they are influenced by the personal beliefs, values, and ethical standards of the individual leader. This study examines how an organization with Christian leaders can induce changes in the values and ethical behaviors of the communities and cultures within which they reside and operate.

LS 590 Executive Leadership I
The goal of this course is to train successful global leaders in biblical principles, practical leadership, business and economic development skills that are transferable cross-organizationally.

LS 591 Executive Leadership II
The goal of this course is to train successful global leaders in biblical principles, practical leadership, business and economic development skills that are transferable cross-organizationally.

LS 602 Global Dimensions of Leadership
This course will examine various models of leadership and their appropriateness for use within a community of faith. Once foundational material is presented, an analysis and critique of each model is performed resulting in practical application in ministerial settings.

LS 603 Organizational Communication
This course examines organizational communication, including dyadic, small group, formal and informal communication, as well as the relationship of communication to organizational satisfaction and effectiveness. In addition, students study how communication differs in leader-member exchange and mass-communication of charismatic leader/large group interaction.

LS 604 Conflict Resolution
This course equips students to apply biblical principles to personal, pastoral and group conflict and considers effective models for leading congregational change with preventive measures to minimize conflict. Attention is given to understanding personality distinctive, implementing change, and decision making leadership.

LS 605 Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
This course addresses critical thinking and how to use the cognitive skills or strategies that increase the probability of a desirable outcome. Students learn to interpret, analyze, and evaluate ideas and arguments and to develop strategies for critical thinking and problem solving. Students also learn how leaders acclimate to the reality that change is constant and how effective problem solving examines many ways to productively deal with change.

LS 606 Organizational Administration
This graduate level course is designed to sharpen managerial skills for leadership in ministry settings. It will deal with principles of good leadership based upon biblical norms, streamlining the organization for effectiveness, staff development, planning for the future, and leading with vision.

LS 607 Managing Organizational Change
This course leads students through a biblical, organizational, and psychological understanding of leadership, motivation, planning, evaluation, change principles, and organizational development.

LS 609 Church Planting
This course will look at biblical basis, the historical background and the planting process of birthing churches in a number of contexts. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the role of the church planter and the local and cultural context of the church plant.

LS 610 Financial Administration
This course examines the challenges faced by ministers in small to medium-sized congregations. The course will deal with integrity in handling offerings, raising special offerings, planning for financial growth, budgeting, managing church debt, IRS reporting, IRS audits, records of contributions and designated giving.

LS 611 Women in Leadership
This course will explore the roles, responsibilities, and challenges of women in leadership or those called to leadership positions from a biblical perspective. Particular attention will be given to help students learn their leadership style along with providing strategies for leadership skill development.

LS 613 Case Studies in Biblical Leadership
This course empowers students to look at biblical examples of leadership (both good and bad) to identify leadership “styles” and to distill leadership principles. It utilizes a case study methodology and thereby engages the student’s critical thinking and synthesis of key concepts related both to sound leadership practices and biblical models.

LS 614 Multicultural management
This course will review the nature, dimensions, and different contexts of workplace diversity, assess the impact of diversity on organizations, and explore how diversity can be managed. Further, it will look at specific ways to manage/lead effectively in multicultural settings.

LS 617 Leading Through Times of Crises
This course provides an introduction to crisis management in organizations. It examines the types of crises encountered, potential impact on the organization and its stakeholders, and strategies for prevention, management, and recovery. Current events and cases will be presented to explore the ethical, legal, and human implications of these crises. Effective Fall 2011.

LS 618 Servant Leadership
This course explores servant leadership theory along with biblical integration and practical application. As a theory, servant leadership is supported by a growing body of academic literature that demonstrates the positive potential effect that a servant leadership approach can have in a variety leadership venues. As a practice, servant leadership was exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ, who is the ultimate model.

LS 683 Laws of Leadership
This course analyzes the fundamental laws of leadership. The emphasis is on the application of the laws, and the types and different approaches of leadership in day-to-day leadership scenarios. In addition, the students will gain an understanding as to how to integrate biblical principles of leadership into their lives. The principles or “laws” of leadership can be seen in leaders within the Scriptures as well as throughout history.

LS 503 Coaching Essentials
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Articulate techniques and strategies for coaching; Articulate coaching, counseling, mentoring, and consulting overlaps, contrasts, and benefits; Demonstrate limited knowledge of proper coaching formats.

LS 557 Whole Life Coaching
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Identify his or her own strengths and weaknesses; Cultivate an awareness of his or her assumptions, presumptions, and world view, and its impact on their coaching; Understand and diagram life journey patterns and biases; and understand the importance of ongoing personal growth to successful coaching.

LS 563 Essentials of Practical Coaching
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Identify common coaching themes and understand the what and why of challenges common to all leadership organizations; Discover pathways for assisting those they are coaching into a comprehensive understanding of their challenges; Identify theoretical paradigms leading to greater effectiveness in coaching individuals and organizations.

LS 627 The Business of Coaching
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Contemplate his or her future plans for organizing deliverables and delivery systems; Think strategically regarding building a coaching business; Organize his or her coaching business (product and delivery system) in a systemized sequential manner.

LS 687 Advanced Assessments and Professional Certification
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Identify and learn the purpose, value, and execution of a variety of assessment tools; Advance his or her Beulah Heights University and Dream Releaser Coaching credentials to internationally recognized coaching agencies.

LS 593 Coaching Specialties
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Discover paradigms, processes, and best practices of experienced coaches in specific coaching niches; Identify his or her personalized coaching niche

LS 655 Coaching the Coach
Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Coach as well as train other coaches; Organize his or her trainer processes and systems; Enhance his or her services by having a pedagogy of coaching.

Requirements and Cost

Admissions Requirements
  • A High School Diploma, an associate's degree from an accredited institution, or a GED passing Score.
  • Submit:
    • A completed application form (Online or In-Person) and $50 non-refundable application fee.
    • Official High School transcript OR a GED Test Scores OR Official transcript(s) from college/university where the associate degree was conferred.
    • One personal reference

Note:  International Students should inquire about additional admissions requirements.

Tuition

The estimated tuition for the BBA program is approximately $41,022. This does not include the $100 online services fee for students who elect to take classes online. This cost is assessed each semester that a student registers for online courses.

Note: Tuition cost is based on the 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Beulah Heights University offers financial assistance for eligible programs through federal financial aid or institutional scholarships to students who meet the requirements or demonstrate academic excellence or need. Students can gain more information on the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by contacting the Financial Aid Department through financialaid@beulah.edu. Information on scholarships is available online at http://beulah.edu/scholarships.

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