The purpose of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (M.A.T.L) is to prepare emerging and established leaders for ministry and service in churches, parachurch organizations, civic organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses. A growing number of churches and organizations in America and around the world, as well as global mission agencies, are large and highly complex organizations. These organizations require increasing levels of leadership sophistication. Persons prepared through this program will be equipped to take on leadership in these fluid and continually growing endeavors. The M.A.T.L. is a cooperative venture between Bethel Seminary and designated partner organizations which provide a supervised leadership context and sponsor an individual student or student cohort group. This unique educational setting provides a day-to-day leadership context for study, leadership development, spiritual and personal formation, and practical application. The program allows non-resident students currently serving in supervised leadership settings to complete the degree requirements through technology-mediated delivery, with a mixture of distance courses, local, on-site mentored leadership courses, and on-campus intensives taught at the St. Paul campus. A hallmark of this program is the link between classroom learning, peer interaction among the cohort group, and practical application in the supervised leadership context of the student.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
  2. Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
  3. The capacity and skills to provide biblically based, effective leadership in a variety of settings, including local churches, non-profit organizations, and ministry agencies.
  4. Intercultural competence for the purpose of advancing the Gospel in his or her local community and the global arena.
  5. Integration of biblical knowledge, leadership theory and practice, and personal and spiritual formation into his or her ministry context.

Campus and Delivery

St. Paul: Online with Intensives


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership - St. Paul

Online with Intensives

Core Requirements
HS501DEChurch History: From the Early Church to the Reformation1.5
HS502DEChurch History: The Church in the Modern World1.5
ML/TS 517DEChristian Social Ethics for the Workplace3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
OT518Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3
or NT518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
Degree Specific Courses
ML523Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3
ML630Team Leadership in Global Perspective3
ML631DELeadership Communication in Global Perspective3
ML632DEThe Global Mission of the Church3
ML633Stewardship, Change and the Missional Community3
ML780Senior Integrative Seminar: Global Leadership in the 21st-Century1.5
Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
ML551DEMentored Leadership Development (MATL) A0.75
ML552DEMentored Leadership Development (MATL) B0.75
SP001Formation Assessments0
TL001Vocational Assessments0
Total Credits42

A minimum of 42 semester credits is required for graduation from an M.A.T.L. program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.

Academic Plans

The academic plan listed below serves as an example of what completing the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership could look like. This plan is for illustrative purposes only. Variations in course availability may occur due to differences in delivery system, campus, starting term, and other factors. Individual students will consult their academic advisers to create a custom plan based on start term, length of completion, language options, and student preference.

2.5 Year Completion

First Year
BT510 (3 Day Intensive) Hermeneutics3HS501DE Church History: From the Early Church to the Reformation1.5OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3HS502DE Church History: The Church in the Modern World1.5ML517DE Christian Social Ethics for the Workplace3
ML523 (3 Day Intensive) Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective3 ML633 (5 Day Intensive) Stewardship, Change and the Missional Community3  
SP001 Formation Assessments0 ML551DE Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) A0.75  
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0    
 6 1.5 6.75 1.5 3
Second Year
FallCredits SpringCredits SummerCredits
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 ML632DE The Global Mission of the Church3 TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
ML630 (5 Day Intensive) Team Leadership in Global Perspective3 TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3  
  ML552DE Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) B0.75  
  TL001 Vocational Assessments0  
 6  6.75  3
Third Year
ML631DE Leadership Communication in Global Perspective3    
NT518 or OT 518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations or Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations3    
ML780 (3 Day Intensive) Senior Integrative Seminar: Global Leadership in the 21st-Century1.5    
Total Credits: 42