Transformational Leadership, M.A. Degree

Northeastern Seminary’s Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership degree builds up your leadership skills on a solid theological foundation. If you seek to better fulfill your calling as a bivocational pastor, church or nonprofit administrator, or in another Christian-based management role, consider our master’s degree centered around Christian leadership.



graduates have gone on to serve in business, non-profit administration, higher education, and community agencies



Offered online or on-campus in Rochester New York, Northeastern Seminary offers this leadership program with a Nonprofit Administration track or a Church Administration track.

A Leadership Degree for Christian Professionals

The Master’s in Transformational Leadership is designed to help you grow as a Christian leader who champions meaningful change, and as a gracious participant in a worldwide, multiethnic, multigenerational Christian community. Through innovative online and classroom experiences, you will develop a Biblically-based philosophy of leadership that is responsive to social, ethical, and secular demands in an organizational context. 

Specifically, the Transformational Leadership degree develops your habits and skills to: 

  • Form a philosophy of leadership grounded in biblical, theological, and leadership realities.
  • Grow in one’s personal relationship with God and the qualities necessary for effective ministry.
  • Understand the social and ethical demands of leadership.
  • Interpret and strategically respond to the rapidly changing culture.
  • Provide effective leadership within an organizational context.

Our flexible programming offered online or through evening courses in Rochester are designed to fit into our students’ lives, even if they are currently pursuing a full-time career. This 44-credit Transformational Leadership master’s degree can be completed in as few as two years or students can enroll part-time to better balance their career and family responsibilities.

Explore the Curriculum

We are dedicated to the comprehensive career preparation of our seminary students. Core Transformational Leadership courses include Organizational Diagnosis and Change Management; Biblical Theology of Leadership; and Strategic Planning for Churches and Non-profit Organizations. As part of your leadership degree, you will have the opportunity to gain contextual experience that fits your vocational goals as well as an integrative program capstone that prepares you for ministry placement. Exploring Christian leadership through a master’s degree program would benefit a variety of vocations and careers including

  • Church Administration Positions- Pastors, Ministry Staff, Outreach Staff, Christian Education Staff
  • Non-profit Administration Roles- C-suite/directors/managers at community agencies and other parachurch organizations 
  • Bivocational pastors and Christian professionals in business, higher education or community advocacy 

Another career-building element of our Master’s in Transformational Leadership is the pragmatic coursework that allows students to select a Church Administration track or Nonprofit Administration track. These tailored tracks provide the opportunity to explore finance, human resources, or management courses alongside more traditional seminary courses.

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 | Spring Session 
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 29, 2022 | Fall Session
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Seminary class size

Class Size

Under 25 Students

Meet a Faculty Member

Nelson Grimm, Ph.D.

Nelson J. Grimm, Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Theology

Dr. Nelson J. Grimm has wide-ranging ministry experience including pastoring, chaplaincy, conference superintendence, leadership, and advisory capacities with other pastors, churches, and organizations. He served as a member of the Ministerial Education and Guidance Board of the Genesee Conference of the Free Methodist Church, is a clinical member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of the Evangelical Association of Theological Field Educators. Read more...

Alumni Success

Bill Gibbons

Bill Gibbons '15
Pastor of Discipleship and Leadership Development, Pearce Church

David Hertweck

David Hertweck '15
Lead Pastor, Trinity Assembly of God

Priscilla Ozodo

Priscilla Onyedikachi Ozodo '14
Minister of Worship & Production, Seattle Pacific University

Beverly Coleman

Beverly Coleman
Ministry Coordinator, New Life Ministries


Dianna Henderson '15
Diversity Consultant and Social Worker

“My experience at Northeastern Seminary has nurtured the desire to embrace the power of the Holy Spirit to bring transformation in my personal relationship with God and others. I now feel empowered to encourage those around me to experience this same transformative work of the Spirit in their lives.” ~Bill Gibbons, Transformational Leadership, M.A. ’15

Between faith and vocation, you find a vision for the future.

Why Northeastern Seminary?

Exploring your faith and Christian spirituality is an important aspect of understanding your call to Christian leadership. Our seminary-wide curriculum The Great Conversation provides our master’s degree students with a program that centers personal spiritual formation alongside the coursework for their specific degree. Students explore Christianity throughout history and in different cultures to better understand living life as a Gracious Christian who contributes to God’s ongoing work to restore wholeness to the world. 

Northeastern Seminary’s stackable curriculum allows students curious about the seminary experience to begin this degree as an accredited Certificate. In addition, the Master’s in Transformational Leadership can be assembled into a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Leadership. 

To support our students through their seminary experience we provide a variety of resources including personalized academic advising and assisting students connected with the military. Whether you join us in Rochester or through our immersive online classes, you can nurture your calling and advance your career with a master’s program at Northeastern Seminary.

Tools for Success

You will find support to achieve your vocational and academic goals throughout your Seminary journey.

Seminary Learning Center

Learning Center

writing assistance, disability services, individualized academic support

Seminary I.T. Helpdesk

I.T. Helpdesk

available 24 hrs/day

Seminary Advising

Academic Advising

course schedule planning for graduation, vocational placement and mentoring

Seminary Library

Golisano Library

research and classroom resources


Learn More About Northeastern Seminary

Throughout your Master’s in Transformational Leadership, you will develop the organizational mindset and skills of an effective Christian leader and deepen your personal faith. If you are interested in pursuing this leadership degree, we encourage you to request information below or contact us at

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Contact 585.594.6802 or to connect with an admissions representative.