Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership

MA in Transformational Leadership


The Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) provides students a new lens through which to view and live out their vocation. The MATL is designed to help students purposefully integrate their faith and work whether they sense a call to be a teacher, administrator, musician, artist, entrepreneur, nurse, or other profession. The MATL integrates the theological disciplines, contextual leadership, and specialized courses to help students become an intentionally Christian leader in their chosen field.


The MATL is a 36-credit hour degree program with a simple threefold structure:
- Common Core (12 hours) Courses focused on the theological disciplines
- Integrative Core (12 hours) Courses addressing community and context, leadership development, integrative theology, and practicum/assessment
- Specialization (12 hours) Working with an advisor, students may specialize this degree and choose courses which apply to their area of specialization

Sample Specializations:
Intercultural Studies
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Leadership
Curriculum and Design
Ministerial Entrepreneurship
Music or the Arts
Media and Communications
Urban Renewal
Spiritual Direction
Age-level Ministries
Church planting, development, or evangelism

Distance students will come to Kansas City two times for one-week, intensive seminars (called Convene) that foster professional relationships and create opportunities for deep, spiritual formation. Students living in the Kansas City area can study face-to-face with faculty on our urban campus.

An accredited undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is expected for admission as a Regular Student.

International students, non-degree seeking students (including students seeking to audit), and students without a bachelor’s degree may view additional requirements here.

Have more questions about transfer of credits or other admission-requirement related questions? Please see the Academic Catalog or contact us.

Tuition is $540/credit hour for Fall 2021 – Summer 2022. 97% of enrolled NTS students receive financial assistance. The office of financial aid is committed to coming alongside students to resource and help them make graduate-level education an affordable reality. The general scholarship application is embedded in the NTS application. View more about program costs, fees and additional financial aid options here.

For admission to a master's degree program, prepare to submit the following during the application process:

  • Three references: academic, pastoral, personal
    NOTE: Army Chaplains may submit the last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Lay Person references.
  • Transcripts: Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent directly to Nazarene Theological Seminary: Enrollment Services (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient until official ones arrive).
  • 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • Formal Academic Research Paper (or 500-word formal essay)

Please be prepared to provide the following additional items:

For more information, please consult the International Student Handbook.

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