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Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree is designed to give you an interdisciplinary approach to ministry by utilizing classes from Corban University’s graduate programs in business, education and divinity. Vocational ministry often requires you to be equipped in areas besides ministry. You may often be required to balance budgets, recruit volunteers, counsel team members, develop curriculum, manage events or communicate with a variety of people from all ages and walks of life. This degree prepares you for the variety of roles your ministry demands.

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A Comprehensive Degree

Ministry is more than serving in a church. It is about serving where you are. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is built to give you the biblical and theological training you need while allowing you to specialize in an area that applies directly to your ministry. You will take your core courses in Bible, theology and ministry and then choose a concentration to tailor your program to your ministry needs. Choose from tracks in Spiritual Formation, Christian Teaching or Non-Profit Leadership. These concentrations pull from the knowledge and expertise of Corban University’s other graduate degree programs and faculty expertise to give you the highest quality of training in your specialized ministry area.

Flexible Schedule

Whether you are looking for a face-to-face experience or need to work your classes into a busy schedule, Corban has created classroom environments that provide high-quality education in a format flexible enough to meet your needs. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership courses are available entirely online or create a hybrid degree that mixes online and on-campus courses to fit your schedule. Finish your degree in just two years while attending full time or go at a part-time pace as you continue in your current ministry. 

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Not everyone in ministry is called to be a senior pastor; some are called to be community leaders, teachers, directors, non-profit organizers, or youth leaders. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership provides seminary training with a strong theological base and three versatile concentrations allowing you to tailor your degree to your ministry’s needs.

Whether you are looking for a face-to-face experience or need to work your classes into an inflexible schedule, Corban has created both online and on-campus classroom environments to provide the highest quality education in a format flexible enough to meet your needs. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is available both online and on campus. Choose to take credits full-time or part-time, online or on-campus; build your program to fit your education into your schedule and your ministry.

Sample Courses

  • Interpreting Scripture
  • Servant Leadership
  • Building Community Partners
  • Understanding Generations
  • Leadership Theories
  • Theology

Spiritual Formation

Concentration courses such as Building a Christ-Centered Home, Counseling in Ministry, and Teaching Scripture encourage students taking the Spiritual Formation concentration to apply new and sharpened ministry skills to their current and future ministry context. This concentration will challenge students to develop a deeper understanding of the practical application of biblical truth.

Sample Courses

  • Growing in the Lord
  • Teaching Scripture
  • Counseling
  • Cross-cultural Ministry

Non-Profit Leadership

By integrating business classes from The Corban MBA with the core Bible and theology courses of the Master’s in Christian Leadership, students in the Non-Profit Leadership concentration are prepared as spiritual leaders who also have the knowledge and understanding of business practices and challenges that occur within non-profit organizations.

Sample Courses

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management
  • Stewardship/Financial Planning
  • Human Resource Management

Christian Teaching

The Christian Teaching concentration explores the foundations of education with a biblical perspective. This concentration builds upon the core of the Master’s in Christian Leadership by incorporating courses from the Graduate Education program at Corban. This concentration is ideal for those looking to effectively educate students in churches, Christian schools, and on the mission field.

Sample Courses

  • Teaching
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Theories of Learning and Teaching
  • Diversity of Learners


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