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Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership


Northwestern's new MAML degree will equip you for the spiritual, relational, and managerial demands of ministry leadership.

Ministry is everywhere.

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7 Emphasis Tracks
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The program provides seven 12-credit emphasis tracks.

36 credits
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This is a focused 36-credit practical ministry degree.

MAML + MDiv Option

Apply toward a Master of Divinity degree. Graduate with both degrees in as few as 76 credits.

About the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) is an accelerated online and blended program designed to equip local church, non-profit, and parachurch leaders with tools for spiritual formation, biblical interpretation, and organizational leadership. In order to fit your unique needs and interests, the M. A. in Ministry Leadership also includes emphasis tracks in Pastoral Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Human Services, Educational Studies, and Clinical Pastoral Education.

Whether you are a pastor, associate pastor, nonprofit or lay leader, this flexible program can help you take the next step in your leadership journey. The fully online or blended program can be completed in just 18-22 months. If you have completed previous graduate work, you may be able to apply up to nine credits of previous coursework toward this transfer-friendly degree. In addition, student may continue on from this MA degree to pursue the Master of Divinity or other graduate degree offerings including the MBA.

During this program, you will experience dynamic discussions in a rich, non-denominational setting and be involved in ministry through internships with the option to apply to an outside Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program to be trained for chaplaincy work.

Northwestern's new MAML degree will equip you for the spiritual, relational, and managerial demands of ministry leadership. Choose an emphasis in:

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Human Services
  • Educational Studies
  • Clinical Pastoral Education


Courses include Spiritual Formation for Leadership, Effective Communication and Leadership, Ministry Relationships, and Ministering Culturally and Globally.

This program is available fully online and with the option for evening classes.

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