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Master of Arts

Transformational Leadership

Develop your leadership skills on a solid theological foundation and champion transformation in organizations and communities as a strategic Christian leader.

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 Graduate

219 Students

126  Fully Online

30 Denominations Represented


To value the life of the mind, and so offer a carefully-designed, intentionally-integrated academic program that cultivates an aptitude for faithful theological reflection about the most central questions of life and ministry.

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Transformational Leadership- Featured Courses

With classes in Rochester, NY and even offered online, this seminary degree is designed to be as flexible as possible in both format and coursework. Our students in the Transformational Leadership program 
will develop the organizational mindset and skills of an effective Christian leader and deepen your personal faith

Calling & Vocation

This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the relationships between spiritual formation, personality, and leadership. Students will benefit from standard personality and leadership assessment tools to gain insights into their own personality and leadership style.

Fundamentals of Transformational Leadership

This course explores the process by which God calls and prepares people for leadership and gives attention to the development of the inner life and character of an effective leader. Beyond self-leadership, students will consider communication and the constructive use of criticism and resistance. Transformational theory will be presented and illustrated through the use of case studies.

Teaching the Bible

This course focuses on the educational ministry of the church and the practice of teaching the Bible as God’s Word. Students will develop skills in teaching, curriculum planning, and evaluation, and communicating God’s word to people of all ages. Opportunities will be given to improve teaching skills through in-class practice.

Total Program
Sticker Price: $24,496

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

100% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one

A leadership degree for Christian Professionals

We can't just use our faith as a ticket to heaven and ignore the hells of this earth, but we need to use our faith to compel us to do something about the wrongs of this world.

Shane Claiborne

Transformational Leadership Student

Sorangely Brito

I decided to go to seminary because I felt the Lord calling me to more. Then after making the decision to pursue my master's, the Lord opened the door to move forward in creating a ministry called 'Stay Encouraged Podcast' for teens and youth leaders, and I understood the urge in my heart to learn more about God. He was leading me to start my non-profit, write books, and equip teens to be all that God has called them to be, and my degree will help to do that. I am learning to trust in God as he helps me though it.

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.

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.