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Master of Arts


Program Details

Next Start Date
Est. Program Length
2-3 years
Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours
Transfer Credits Accepted

Program Overview

Jessup’s fully online Master of Arts in Leadership program equips students to be transformational leaders in the marketplace and the church.  As a student, you’ll gain insights and develop skills you can apply immediately at work and in ministry. Built on Christian beliefs and values, the program focuses on personal development and leadership skills. Graduates of the program bring Christ-centered leadership to churches, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

The Christian Ministry Concentration includes five courses designed to equip students for the next level of leadership in a church or parachurch ministry.

The Executive Coaching Concentration includes five courses designed to equip students to practice coaching skills in the marketplace.

The Master of Arts in Leadership program includes a Capstone Project in which students develop research and writing skills while applying the best of their learning to a workplace project.

For those seeking personal and professional development as transformational leaders, the Master of Arts in Leadership is an ideal program.

The Kern Scholar Program allows students can complete two degrees at an accelerate pace and become skilled leaders in ministry. Visit the School of Theology & Leadership page for more information.

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.


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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.

  1. 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.

  2. Apply

    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.

  3. Decision

    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
  • The Executing Coaching concentration requires students to have current supervisory relationships. Applicants will need to provide the names of individuals they are supervising in an organization related to work, ministry, athletics, or volunteer service
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Regionally Accredited Institution
  • Official Transcripts
  • Christian Ministry Concentration Corequisites include New Testament, Old Testament, Art of Interpretation (Hermeneutics)
  • TOEFL may be required for international students
Tuition Rates & Transfer Credits
Item Credits Cost/Credit Hour Totals
Tuition 36 $500 $18,000
Maximum Transfer Credits 9 $440 ($4,500)
Total with transfer credits: † $13,500

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.

Financial Aid

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.

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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 Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Career Outcomes

Why Choose Jessup?

  • Graduate Fast

    Finish your degree in two years or less.

  • Well-Rounded Education

    Prepare for meaningful service through emphasizing value-based leadership and developing your emotional intelligence.

  • Customizable Studies

    Personalize your curriculum by choosing from personal, professional or theological development.

  • Versatile Experience

    Combine a spiritual foundation with practical application for effective faith-based leadership.

Benefits of Learning Online

Studying online rather than in the classroom has its perks as it provides a great opportunity for students who are too far away to get the education they deserve at an affordable price. Plus, the courses take half the time to complete compared to those on campus.

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