Master of Arts in Leadership

The M.A. in Leadership is a 36-hour degree program focused on equipping leaders with the competencies and character essential for effective leadership that glorifies God. Graduates of the program are prepared to lead with distinction in real-world contexts of government, business, education, ministry, and non-profit organizations.

Students are trained in areas recognized as important in the eyes of employers, such as communicating a vision, collaborating with diverse groups, building teams, leading change initiatives, exhibiting emotional intelligence, and resolving conflict. In addition, students develop and strengthen a Christian worldview that prepares students to ethically and morally apply leadership principles.

More than an Education

Failed leadership often occurs due to the inability of the leader to inspire and achieve shared outcomes in the organization and/or as a result of the leader's poor character. Graduates from DBU’s Master of Arts in Leadership are skilled and capable in effectively leading organizations in new directions by inspiring a shared vision, by encouraging team members to give their best, and by providing an example of integrity that others want to follow.

The Master of Arts in Leadership provides an educational experience through on-site visits to organizations, a mentored leadership internship, experiential learning trips, and guest lecturers working in diverse leadership roles.

Marked by Service

Biblical servant leadership as modeled by Christ sets the standard for the style of leadership we hope graduates emulate in their respective callings. From the example of professors and guest lecturers to the exemplary leaders and practical concepts discussed in class, students are encouraged to grow in servant leadership.

Additional M.A. in Leadership Program Information

Career Opportunities with an M.A. in Leadership

  • CEO or Executive Director
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Non-profit Executive Director
  • Police Supervisor
  • Military Officer and Enlisted Officers
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Management Consultant
  • Team Leader or Manager
  • Executive Coach
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Public Administrator
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Education Administrator

The MAL is a wonderful degree to pair with a second master's degree or a certificate in Leadership Studies.

Advanced Certificates

The Advanced Certificate in Leadership Studies is a 12-hour certificate program designed to enhance students’ leadership competencies and understanding of core leadership principles. Students will have the opportunity to learn not only key leadership theories but also how to practically apply those leadership principles, in practical, real-world settings.

Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Leadership

View DBU Graduate School’s admission requirements.

Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another. Applicants who show potential for graduate study but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission may be admitted for up to 12 hours under provisional status. Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master’s Degrees Admission Committee.

Full Admission Requirements | International Admissions | Transfer Admissions

Meet the M.A. in Leadership Program Director

Dr. Josh Longmire
(214) 333-5853

Dr. Joshua Longmire