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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.

Interested in receiving an overview of the program with specific courses, costs, and academic plans?

44 credits, online & Part time options

Customize Your Seminary 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 bi-vocational pastor, church or nonprofit administrator, or in another Christian-based management role, consider our master’s degree centered around Christian leadership.

This 2-year 44-credit program is for those who seek to better fulfill their calling as a bi-vocational pastor, church or nonprofit administrator, or in another Christian-based management role. This master’s degree is centered around those who want to take their leadership into the workplace with a sound theological foundation.

The program can be done 100% online. Students also have the option to take some of the classes through evening courses in Rochester. This 44-credit Transformational Leadership master’s degree can be completed in as few as two years by going full-time or students can enroll part-time to better balance their career and family responsibilities.

Check out some of the courses offered below.

How will this degree help me?

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.

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

Master of Arts Program Tuition

Cost for Theological Studies

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Total Program
Sticker Price: $24,420

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

98% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one

What Are Students and Alum Saying About Their Studies?

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

I decided to go to seminary because I felt the Lord calling me to do 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 through it.

Sorangely Brito, Transformational Leadership Student


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.

Learn more about our online masters programs

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 a Nonprofit Administration track. These tailored tracks provide the opportunity to explore finance, human resources, or management courses alongside more traditional seminary courses.

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.

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