Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership in Black Leadership in Ministry


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 Black Leadership and Ministry specialization invites pastors and leaders who are currently engaged in the Black Church tradition to participate in education from a Black Theological perspective. The uniqueness of the Black Church experience, exemplified in the racial injustices that continue to trouble Black communities, requires theological education and scholarly analysis from a Black Theological perspective. Such work is crucial in strengthening the Black Church leader's prophetic and ministerial voice. Critical dialogue about these problems will aid Black ministers and leaders in finding resources for addressing their personal, congregational, and community challenges.

The MATL in Black Leadership & Ministry can be obtained as a standalone degree, or can lead into the Doctor of Ministry in Black Leadership & Ministry. The combined program takes students through the MA and DMin in 5 years.


This robust hybrid modality consists of weekly virtual conferencing, one week in-person intensives (called Convene), and asynchronous online classes. With access to our virtual classrooms, students will be able to develop relationships with fellow students, and faculty, from anywhere in the world. We offer three semesters during each academic year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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.

Up to 18 hours in graduate studies may be transferred towards the completion of the Master of Divinity. If you have more questions about transfer of credits or admission requirements, 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:

TOEFL Scores: 550 (paper based); 79-80 (internet based)
Completed Affidavit of Financial Support (consult the Cost of Attendance document to help you complete this.)
For more information, please consult the International Student Handbook.

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