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Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MALS) provides advanced work for lay leaders, ministers, and ministerial students in the theory and practice of leadership within congregations and community-based ministries.
The MALS degree is designed to develop liberal religious leadership for congregational and community life, grounded in a clear sense of the current challenges leadership face within our contemporary pluralistic, multi-faith, cross-cultural world.
Successful completion of 54 units of credit (1 full course = 3 units of credit) are required. Of the 54 units, 30 are traditional academic courses. Additionally, the student will receive 6 units of credit for the thesis preparation and 18 units of credit for a supervised, full- time internship in a congregational or community-based setting (the internship is a requirement of the degree program).
The student must complete fifteen (15) credits in the cultural context of ministry, chosen from:
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Requirements for Applying for Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
For the MALS degree program, Meadville Lombard Theological School utilizes a rolling admissions model. All applications are reviewed in chronological order according to the date they were completed and applicants are notified of their acceptance status within two to four weeks of the completion of the application.
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