Jessup’s fully online Master of Arts in Leadership degree equips students to be transformational leaders in the home, church, and marketplace. As a student, you’ll gain insights and develop skills that you can immediately apply to your life and leadership roles. The program focuses strongly on both your leadership skills and personal development. Graduates of the program serve in churches, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and government agencies.
The Christian Ministry Concentration includes five courses specifically designed to equip students for the next level of leadership and ministry within the church, whether as paid staff members or as volunteers.
The Master of Arts in Leadership also requires students to complete a Capstone Project, where students demonstrate their research, skills, and learning in a workplace-related project. This provides a great opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills acquired from the program.
For those seeking to enhance their leadership, the Master of Arts in Leadership is an ideal hands-on program for personal and professional development as transformational leaders.
Courses and Requirements
Jessup’s online Master of Arts in Leadership requires 36 credit hours. The program is divided between 22 credit hours in Leadership, 10 credit hours for the Concentration, and 4 credit hours for the Capstone Project.
The following courses are required as co-requisites for the Christian Ministry Concentration, unless students have comparable credits at the undergraduate level.
Course Number Course Title Credits BIBL 500 Old Testament Foundations 2 BIBL 505 New Testament Foundations 2 BIBL 510 The Art of Interpretation 2
Course Number Course Title Credits LDRS 500 Personal Life of the Leader 2 LDRS 501 Strategic Leadership Foundations 2 LDRS 513 Transformational Leadership 2 LDRS 530 Diversity & Global Leadership 2 LDRS 543 Emotional Intelligence & Leadership 2 LDRS 521 Leadership & Communication 2 LDRS 560 Organizational Leadership 2 LDRS 561 Team Leadership & Conflict Management 2 LDRS 642 Unleashing Creativity 2 MIN 520 Managing Stress/Avoid Burnout 2 MIN 523 Heritage & Leadership 2
Choose five of the following:
Course Number Course Title Credits MIN 530 Hearing God 2 MIN 531 Spiritual Disciplines 2 MIN 551 Justice and Mission 2 THEO 586 Church Life & Leadership 2 THEO 680 Leadership: Vocation & Calling 2
Capstone Project4 Credits
This course marks the culmination of the program, and gives the student an opportunity to synthesize their learning throughout the program into a single, life-related project. Students will demonstrate their research, communication, personal development, and leadership skills in this capstone experience.
Applying to Jessup is simple. Be sure to apply early to ensure that there is enough time between submitting your application and the start date in case additional information is needed. Below are the steps to the admissions process.
Pick a Program
Choose an online program that you’re genuinely interested in as you’ll be studying it for a few years. Also, make sure you meet the requirements for that program. Our online Master of Arts in Leadership degree has six start dates throughout the year, so you can easily begin classes when it’s convenient.
Submit your application. Be sure to include a copy of your undergrad transcript confirming at least a 3.0 GPA. If you do not have a 3.0 GPA, you should include an explanation of your prior performance and describe the experiences and skills you believe indicate your ability to succeed at the graduate level. You’ll also need to submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word personal statement explaining why the program is valuable for your ministry. In addition, you can transfer up to nine credit hours, which must be all degree work and not life experience.
We’ll notify you of our decision. If you still wish to pursue your degree with Jessup and are accepted, congratulations! Don’t forget to respond to your acceptance letter.
- 3.0 Cumulative GPA
- If less than 3.0, include an explanation of prior performance and describe the experiences and skills you believe indicate your ability to succeed at the graduate level.
- Personal Statement
- Please upload a personal statement essay of 500 words on why this program is valuable for your ministry.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Bachelor’s Degree from Regionally Accredited Institution
- Official Transcripts
- Pre/Corequisites: New Testament, Old Testament, Art of Interpretation (Hermeneutics)
|Maximum Transfer Credits||9||$440||($3,960)|
|Total with transfer credits: †||$11,880|
The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 224-5483 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
† Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.
Online students receive the same financial aid options as those attending classes on campus. Students receive a dedicated financial aid officer who will guide them through all of their available financial aid options. There are several grants, scholarships and loans available.
Learn more about financial aid options.
New Jessup students can receive up to $2,000 per year with the Church Partnership Grant, which is reserved for candidates who attend supporting churches. Additionally, there are several privately funded scholarships available.
Find out more about the grants and scholarships available.
Prospective students who are transferring can transfer up to 25 percent, or nine, of the program’s total credit hours. The transfer credits must be from degree work and not through life experiences. Credits may come from other regionally accredited institutions.
Learn more about transferring your credits.
Jessup proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to fully support our nation’s veterans. Veterans with 100-percent eligibility will have tuition and most fees completely covered. Additionally, up to $2,500 per year may be awarded to those who qualify for the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship.
Learn more about Jessup’s military friendliness.
Jessup is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
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Why Choose Jessup?
Finish your degree in two years or less.
Prepare for meaningful service through emphasizing value-based leadership and developing your emotional intelligence.
Personalize your curriculum by choosing from personal, professional or theological development.
Combine a spiritual foundation with practical application for effective faith-based leadership.