Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a 30-credit, 100% online degree that strengthens Christians for service in their chosen vocation. The degree will nurture biblically and theologically informed, culturally sensitive leaders for the church and world.

You will learn from experienced seminary professors who are devout Christians and passionate about preparing you for Christian service. The degree is offered through the University of Dubuque Graduate Program, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and can be completed in as little as 12 months.

The program requires six credits in Christian Scriptures, six credits in the history of Christianity, three credits in Christian mission, six credits in Christian leadership, and nine credits of electives. A bachelor’s degree in any field is required for admission. Students may apply to transfer in up to 15 graduate credits from accredited graduate theological schools.

Students seeking to be commissioned by their PCUSA Presbytery as a CRE (Commissioned Ruling Elder) can craft a MACL degree which satisfies their presbytery CRE course requirements. 

Students considering ordained ministry can start their studies as a MACL while discerning their call. Transfering into the MDiv or MAMD is a simple process if the student has maintained adequate progress toward their degree. MACL courses are interchangeable with MDiv and MAMD degrees.

To explore the current semester's courses, course descriptions and book lists, follow this link: UDTS Course Descriptions.

If you have questions about the MACL and how it might support God's call for your life, please contact:

Dr. Susan Forshey, MACL Director
Assistant Professor, Discipleship & Christian Formation | 583.589.3353

If you have any questions about the application, please contact UDTS Admissions by phone at 563.589.3115 // 800.589.8387 or email at

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