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B.A./B.S. & MA in Ministry Leadership
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Department of Christian Ministries

B.A./B.S. & MA in Ministry Leadership


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate

+20-22 credits

required for program

+20-22 credits

+20-22 credits

required for program

Be further prepared for leadership in churches, missions, nonprofits, and other faith-based organizations by adding a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership to your undergraduate degree. Every undergraduate major in the Christian Ministries Department (Intercultural Studies, Ministry, Nonprofit Leadership, Pastoral Ministries, and Youth and Emerging Adult Studies) includes the option of accelerating into this graduate program.

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faster than separate bachelor’s and master’s programs

$8,000

saved in approximate graduate tuition

7 Emphasis Tracks
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to focus on your area of leadership calling

Why choose the accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership at Northwestern?

Through the accelerated master’s track, you can earn a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership one year after your bachelor’s degree – an effective, affordable way to increase your influence as you go out to lead for Christ. This fast-tracked pathway will equip you with tools for spiritual formation, biblical interpretation, and organizational leadership—while saving you 14-16 credits of graduate tuition expense as you add a master’s degree to your portfolio in as little as one year. You will develop your capacity to lead spiritually, think strategically, and communicate effectively while you transition into the workplace.

All undergraduate ministry majors include an accelerated MA in Ministry Leadership pathway including:

  • B.A./B.S. in Intercultural Studies
  • B.A./B.S. in Ministry (On-campus or Online)
  • B.A./B.S. in Nonprofit Leadership
  • B.A./B.S. in Pastoral Ministry
  • B.A./B.S. in Youth and Emerging Adult Studies

You will receive a bachelor's degree after completing the undergraduate requirements, which includes 14-16 credits of the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) courses taught in a traditional day-school format on Northwestern’s beautiful campus. You’ll wrap up the remaining 20-22 credits with one additional year of graduate studies offered in an accelerated format (evenings or online) through our Graduate Studies Program.

Whether you desire to become a pastor, associate pastor, missionary, or nonprofit leader, this flexible program will help you take the next step in your leadership journey. In addition, you may continue on from this MA degree to pursue the Master of Divinity or other graduate degree offerings including the MBA.

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.

In addition to your personal and spiritual formation for leadership, this graduate degree provides a foundation for growing skills in strategic planning, communication, and cultural impact. Be encouraged by our faculty who are practitioner scholars with a personal vision to help you grow as a ministry leader.

To enhance your unique skills and interests, the MA in Ministry Leadership also includes emphasis tracks in Pastoral Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Human Services, Educational Studies, and Clinical Pastoral Education.

What will you learn?

You will be challenged to grow in your own spiritual life and pursuit of your calling. You will also discuss contemporary theological issues while maintaining a commitment to the authority of God’s Word. You will develop strategies for reproducing leaders in a diverse and increasingly global world.

Core degree classes

  • Spiritual Formation for Leadership
  • Leading and Organizing Ministry
  • Effective Communication and Leadership
  • Ministering Culturally and Globally

Next Steps

Because of the rigorous and accelerated nature of this program, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your enrollment advisor and our faculty team as soon as possible. If you desire to have a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership added to your professional arsenal, you must first apply to Northwestern to be admitted and then submit an application for this program through your academic department. Dedicated scholarship funds are available for qualified students and are provided in addition to the Northwestern financial aid package.

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