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MA, Ministry Leadership, Online

At a Glance:

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Semester hours 56
Average Completion Time 3 years
Cost per credit $472* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools;
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with online and local format options
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.


The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership is designed for individuals in ministry who do not have formal theological education. It is a 56-credit-hour degree program.

This degree is designed for:

  • Church staff for large or medium churches whether paid or volunteer
  • Emerging church leaders and church planters
  • Small and midsize church pastors who can't relocate for seminary training
  • Parachurch leaders, mission leaders, or outside-the-box social service leaders

Online Learning Community

The Online Learning Community (OLC) consists of students from various geographic locations that engage in distance learning online six days a week, with face-to-face gatherings twice a year in Portland, Oregon. The face-to-face gatherings meet for eight days each (from Wednesday to Wednesday) in October and February. Summer courses are online.

Expanded Community

  • Study with the same group of peers throughout the program
  • Begin with a two-day on-site Threshold event that ushers students into their cohort community, the dynamics of the Online Learning Community, and the systems needed for success in the program.
  • Customize your learning experience with coaching, seminars, and independent studies.

Program Objectives

  • To enable the individual student to mature into God’s fullness
  • To encourage habits of authentic disciplines for thinking and living in Christ’s presence
  • To train students to understand themselves and relate to others as created in God’s image and called into community and ministry
  • To gain a critical and constructive understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of the Christian tradition
  • To enable students to understand the mission of God in the world and their place in it
  • To equip students to understand the mission of the church, the church’s role in the world, and the student’s relationship to it
  • To equip transforming leaders to lead their churches

In the Field

Andy Sikora, a graduate of the MAML program, used what he learned in class and customized research to conceive of and launch Renew Communities in Cleveland, OH. In this video, he reflects on the first year of Renew and talks about the role that his coursework played in helping his dream of a missional community become a reality.