Grand Canyon University

MA in Christian Leadership

Theology students who want to pursue more advanced careers or continue their education may be interested in Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree program. For more information about this option, continue reading.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program should be interested in Christian principles and how they apply to a leadership position. They must also have an accredited undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8. For students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, proof of an accredited degree and sufficient test scores on the GMAT or GRE exams will also suffice. Additional requirements may apply.

Program Description:

Designed for those who are interested in pursuing leadership positions in Christian ministry, the MA in Christian Leadership program combines theological studies with courses on management and leadership. Different leadership styles, hermeneutical studies, and the Biblical foundations of Christian leadership are covered, as well as Christian theology and doctrine. Ministry field experience is also included in this degree program, giving students the opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned in real-world scenarios.

Learning Format:

Online and evening, campus-based courses

Program Length:

38 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Various financial aid options, including scholarships, loans, and grants, may be available for students at Grand Canyon University. Special discounts are available for high school students and military service members. For more information about how to receive financial aid, contact the university financial aid office.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

This program is made up of 38 credits of graduate coursework covering Christian leadership concepts. Degree programs and course options are always subject to change; be sure to contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (38 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry & Theology
  • Ministerial Ethics
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Practical Theology
  • Old Testament Foundations
  • New Testament Foundations
  • Christian Doctrines
  • Biblical Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • Best Practices in Christian Leadership
  • Leading Through Crisis, Conflict & Change

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates who are interested in receiving a degree beyond a master's may be interested in pursuing a doctorate in Christian theology or leadership. These advanced degree programs provide a path for individuals seeking senior leadership roles, professorships, and administrative positions. Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Ministry with a specialization in Ministry Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Studies

Career Paths:

Completion of an MA in Christian Leadership program may open opportunities for you to pursue a leadership role in a faith-based organization as an executive, administrator, or program director. By studying organizational leadership through the lens of the Christian faith, employment opportunities in churches, youth groups, corporations, and other organizations may be available to you. Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Missions director
  • Chaplain
  • Christian school principal
  • Camp director of outdoor ministries