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$520 per credit
Expand your understanding of Christian leadership with a flexible Master’s in Ministry Leadership (MAML). You will be equipped with the tools needed to lead organizations, communicate effectively, and impact the world for Christ. Graduate prepared for leadership and Christian ministry in churches, nonprofits, and other faith-based organizations.
Our M.A. in Ministry Leadership degree is intentionally designed to be both realistically attainable and undeniably valuable. Discover an accelerated online MAML program designed to equip local church, non-profit, and lay leaders with tools for spiritual formation, biblical interpretation, and organizational leadership. And, experience it all within a supportive Christian community to encourage you as you live out your calling.
Optimize your Master’s in Ministry Leadership degree for your unique ministry goals. Customize your program by selecting one of six concentrations:
Students complete 12 credits specific to Biblical Studies.
Students complete 12 credits specific to Clinical Pastoral Education. Students interested in chaplaincy may pursue this option through a partnership with a regional hospital.
Students complete 12 credits specific to Cultural Engagement.
Students complete 12 credits specific to Organizational Leadership.
Students complete 12 credits specific to Pastoral Leadership.
Students complete 12 credits specific to Theological Studies.
Still have questions about earning a Master’s in Ministry Leadership? Check out a few of our most frequently asked questions!
Will I be able to successfully juggle coursework with my other responsibilities?
Definitely. We know it can be nerve-wracking to take the next step toward your goals, especially as you consider how pursuing a degree will fit into your busy life.
That’s why we’ve created a value-packed MAML program that provides a manageable workload for a busy adult. Experience flexible education and student-friendly courses all within a convenient online format — so you can complete coursework when it’s convenient for you.
Is it affordable?
Yes! It is a top priority to make quality education affordable so that you can ignite your calling right here at UNW. You can expect affordable tuition, with financial aid options.
More than our commitment to an affordable education, though, is our commitment to a valuable one. Invest in an education at UNW that offers faith-infused learning, a highly interactive online community, courses taught by actively practicing faculty, and student-friendly course design.
Will I have access to support resources?
Absolutely. We believe students of all ages thrive in a learning environment where they feel known, supported, and encouraged. Our online MAML program, firmly rooted in biblical principles, offers access to free tutoring and coaching resources, personal academic advising, optional live-learning sessions, and—of course—our highly interactive virtual community.
Is this an accredited degree?
Yes, UNW’s MAML program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an Associate Member of the Association of Theological Schools.
Is the MAML transfer friendly?
Yes. 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, students may continue on from this master’s degree to pursue the Master of Divinity or other graduate program offerings including the MBA.
How will faith be incorporated into the curriculum?
We recognize that faith is central to Christian ministry. Experience an online MAML program that will carefully prepare you to ignite your unique calling while maintaining a strong commitment to the authority of God’s word.
Grow in your spiritual walk and develop strategies for effective ministry work locally or around the world. Wherever you feel led in ministry, graduate with a deepened level of confidence as a faithful servant leader in the Kingdom of God.
The School of Theology and Ministry is excited to launch this new MA in Ministry Leadership so that we can prepare a new generation of leaders to make an impact in their churches, communities, and world. We look forward to seeing how Christ will use the graduates of this program to make an impact for his Kingdom.
I use the things that I learned in my Bible and ministry classes every day. There are times that I can recall exactly which class I learned how to handle a situation with my youth group students or the Bible class where I learned about a topic that I plan to teach about. UNW equipped me to teach the Word of God and to be a leader in the local church.
This program transformed me into a better leader. I am better equipped to be the pastor and leader I want to be, and I see God has called me to be, so that I can equip the Church to continue to raise up life-long followers of Jesus.
What types of work are related to a Master’s in Ministry Leadership?
required for program
total cost (before financial aid)
apply toward a Master of Divinity degree. Graduate with both degrees in as few as 76 credits.
As you pursue a Master’s in Ministry Leadership at UNW, you will be challenged, grow in your own spiritual life, and develop strategies for reproducing leaders in a diverse world. Plus, engage in real Christian ministry experience through internships with the option to apply to an outside Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program to be trained for chaplaincy work. Ultimately, you will be prepared to lead and serve in various ministry contexts.