Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL) is a graduate program jointly-offered through a strategic partnership between TCA College (Singapore) and Life Pacific University (United States). Life Pacific University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

The biblically grounded, ministry focused, professional and practical curriculum is offered online with two one-week residencies. Students will master advanced concepts of Christian leadership, become conversant in organizational and congregational practices, understand how to do applied research, and implement strategic thinking to impact their ministry context.

The program includes an integral field-based component and a major leadership project (capstone) which will involve a deep exploration of the students’ calling, an understanding of their leadership context, and the development of a strategic initiative for an existing ministry or the creation of a new endeavor.


Overview / Admission Requirement

Accreditation WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and The Association for Biblical Higher Education in Canada and the United States (ABHE)
Credits 36 credits
2 years online learning with 2 one-week residencies on campus

You must:

  • Be a born-again Christian leader
  • Possess the relevant educational qualifications from a recognized and accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate a significant commitment in Christian ministry
  • A minimum of three (3) years of leadership, management or ministry involvement
  • Applicant, who received education where English is not an official language of instruction, is required to submit TOEFL test result. A minimum TOEFL score of 79(IBT) / 550(PBT) / 213(CBT).

Upon successful completion of the program, you should

  • Display growth as an individual and help others grow towards their potential
  • Apply a biblical and theological perspective to leadership and ministry
  • Relate research to diverse ministry contexts
  • Able to evaluate congregational and organizational dynamics in order to lead others to achieve such objectives

Curriculum / Faculty

The online format provides flexibility for students to work around diverse schedule constraints. Student learning is done via online text, audio, video delivery, discussion boards and vital interaction.

Students go through the program as part of a cohort, moving from class to class through the sequential, 36 credit curriculum. It begins with a one-week on-campus residency, followed by four weeks of online work, and transition to a series of five (5) eight-week-long online courses that are scheduled one at a time, back to back. The schedule is repeated for the second year.

  Course Curriculum in Sequential Format as a Cohort

Year One

The Personal Life of a Christian Leader Residency 1 3
Discipleship, Mentoring and Coaching for Christian Leaders 3
Christian Perspectives on Human Behavior in Organizations and Congregations 3
Cultural Trends and Christian Ministry 3
Leadership Theology 3
Biblical Case Studies on Leadership Theory 3

Year Two

Trends in Christian Leadership and Management Residency 2 1
Organizational Research Methods Residency 2 2
Contextualized Ministry and the Book of Acts 3
Theology and Worldview 3
Leadership Ethics in the Old Testament 3
Christian Leadership, Renewal, Innovation, and Change 3
Strategic Analysis of Organizations and Ministry Contexts (Capstone Project) 3

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What is the CAPSTONE project?

  • Capstone projects give students the ability to take knowledge and theory they have learned and apply in a real-world and ministry setting
  • They get to explore a particular challenge and address that problem through focussed study and applied research
  • This Capstone project can become a strategic initiative for renewal of an existing ministry/organization or the creation of a new endeavor

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfil the following requirements for graduation:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B)
  • Settlement of all financial obligations with the College
  • Submission of graduation application to the Academic Office
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