M.A. in Christian Leadership

M.A. 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.


Biblical Studies (3 hours)

BIB 505     Biblical Hermeneutics


Ministerial Studies (27 hours)

CSL 540    Conflict Management

MIN 503    Personal Evangelism

MIN 612    Organizational Management

MIN 614    Educational Ministry in the Church

MIN 618    Financial Leadership and Marketing

MIN 715     Ministry Practicum


Theological and Philosophical Studies (9 hours)

PHI 620    Christian Ethics

THS 660    Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Theology

THS 665    Modern and Postmodern Theology


Two of the following:

COM 601    Intercultural Communication

MIN 621    History and Theology of Missions

MIN 623    World Religions


One of the following:

MIN 610    Topics in Ministry

MIN 625    Topics in Leadership


Pastoral Formation (3 hours)

MIN 505    Christian Leadership

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 M.A. 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

From 2018—2021, 100% of those who graduated with a M.A. in Christian Leadership are either employed or continuing their education.

Dr. Jeff Campbell, Associate Professor of Preaching, W.A. Criswell Chair of Expository Preaching, and Dean of Students

Jeffery Campbell

Associate Professor of Preaching; Program Director for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL); W. A. Criswell Chair of Expository Preaching

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.