Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7, NIV)

The future transformation of Haiti inevitably requires a new generation of men and women who are able to move faith-based organizations into the future. To that end, the Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration (MALA) prepares persons to serve as leaders who exhibit the Christ-like leadership required in an increasingly complex and changing cultural context and equips them to assume leadership positions in churches, Christian schools and colleges, mission organizations and community organizations. In addition, the MALA provides an opportunity for those who are currently in service to enhance their leadership skills. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Leadership & Administration (MALA) should be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of a biblical and theological foundation for Christian leadership;
  • The ability to apply the practical skills associated with being an effective Christian leader in their ministry setting;
  • Commitment to person spiritual formation and the renewal in order to be an agent of personal spiritual growth and renewal in the lives of others.

Course List

  • Methods in Graduate Studies, Research, and Writing
  • Introduction to Leadership and Administration
  • Biblical Paradigms for Leadership
  • Contemporary Theories and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution and Team Building
  • Human Resources and Business Administration
  • Financial Management and Economics
  • Org Culture and Change
  • Decision Making and Planning
  • Strategic Development and Partnerships
  • Graduate Capstone

Course Descriptions

Methods in Graduate Studies, Research, and Writing (3) prepares students for success in graduate studies by introducing the expectations and responsibilities for graduate work, training in Populi, participating in graduate-level thinking and dialogue, complete graduate student readiness inventory, technology requirements and training, how to submit work, how/where to print work, use of writing styles and basic writing skills, basic research methods; introduces Capstone or Thesis frameworks.

Introduction to Leadership and Administration (3)engages the student in self-assessment calling, student’s commitment to the learning process, what is their support system, who are they being mentored by, what is their context. Basic definitions, personal characteristics of a leader, history of studies of leadership and admin, L & A as spiritual gifts. Differences between leadership, administration, and management. Major assignment to be the leadership and administration development plan

Biblical Paradigms for Leadership (3) examines core concepts of “organization” as a basic social unit, leading teams, exemplary Christian leadership, and emotional intelligence as they are shaped by a model of redemptive leadership rooted in a trinitarian theology of creation and the kingdom of God. Major assignment to be a written analysis of a specific leadership situation using the concepts from the course.

Contemporary Theories and Practice of Organizational Leadership and Research (3) surveys the field of organizational leadership, influential scholarly works, names, and theories, contemporary trends; Contemporary Theories and Practice of Leadership.

Conflict Resolution and Team Building (3) focuses on what believers have in common in Christ, assessing spiritual gifts and skills to optimize their use in the local church context, developing teams for ministry within the church and in the community, and learning to manage conflict between individuals and within the local church.

Human Resources and Business Administration (3) surveys relevant topics of human resource management relevant to Haitian and Caribbean culture such as recruitment and hiring, training, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, personnel record-keeping, legal issues, and employee relations.

Financial Management and Economics (3) explores the foundational knowledge and essential skills for financial leadership to an organization, including an understanding of principles of economics related to organizational leadership.

Org Culture and Change (3) examines the meaning of organizational culture, a variety of change management strategies, and, using the Redemptive Leadership Model as a lens, presents the 5 core components of leading organizations to have change-ready cultures able to flourish in a changing, complex world.

Decision Making and Planning (3) examines concepts and principles for effective planning, informed decision making, and goal setting.

Strategic Development and Partnerships (3) explores issues in leading an organization based on priorities and mission and establishing partnerships with other organizations.

RSC684 Graduate Capstone I (3) focuses on capstone project structure and requirements, receiving topic approval, writing literature review, conducting preliminary research, and drafting the project outline.

RSC685 Graduate Capstone II (3) guides the student to completion of and preparation for presenting their capstone project.

Christ-like Leaders for the Transformation of Haiti