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.

2019-20 tuition is $525per credit hour. 89% 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.

  1. Submit online application and application fee
  2. Supply documentation
    • Submit three references (academic, pastoral, personal) to the enrollment office. Complete the Applicant Reference Request to send instructions to your references.)
    • Submit Formal Academic Research Paper (or 500-word formal essay) to
    • Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent directly to Nazarene Theological Seminary: Enrollment Services (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient until official ones arrive)
    • For international, previously admitted students, non-Baccalaureate, and non-degree seeking students, click here for application requirements.

  3. Acceptance
  4. Register for classes
  5. Orientation
  6. Confirm financial arrangements and begin classes!

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