MA in Christian Leadership

MA in Christian Leadership

Shaped by Scripture, sent to lead.

We live in an increasingly complex world. As a Christian leader you need to know how to apply theological truth to a variety of challenges and settings. Through an integration of core biblical principles with training in leadership, administration, and conflict management you will be prepared for effective Christian leadership, whether in ministry or in the marketplace.


BIB 505     Biblical Hermeneutics

EMS 525   Intercultural Communication

EMS 550   History and Theology of Missions

MIN 505    Christian Leadership

MIN 612    Organizational Management

MIN 614    Educational Ministry in the Church

MIN 616    Principles of Teaching

PHI 502     Philosophy of Religion

PHI 540     Moral Philosophy

THS 504    Spiritual Foundations


One of the following:

MIN 625    Topics in Leadership

MIN 710     Topics in Ministry


One of the following:

THS 603    Church History

THS 604    Baptist History and Distinctives

AMP 500   Applied Ministry Project

(Required each semester for full-time students)

EMS 101     Personal Evangelism

THS 102     Survey of Theology

The best Bible education anyone could ever hope to get. I treasured every moment I spent there.

Two laughing housing students sitting on the floor.


Graduates with a MA in Christian Leadership are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Educational ministry
  • Administrative ministry
  • Missionary work
  • Non-profit work
  • Promotions to management roles in current jobs


Dr. Scott Shiffer, Senior Director of Information, Adjunct Professor of Theology, Director of Distance Education, and Program Director of M.A. in Christian Studies and M.A. in Christian Leadership

Scott Shiffer

Adjunct Professor of Theology; Director of Distance Education; Program Director of M.A. in Christian Studies & M.A. in Christian Leadership

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.