Master of Arts in Leadership

Leadership is more than just what you do, it’s who you are.

Northwest Christian University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Leadership is designed for seasoned leaders and aspiring leaders to engage with principles of best practice, to sharpen their own self-understanding as leaders, and to sharpen their skill set for more effective leadership in the groups and organizations where they serve. Complete your M.A. in Leadership in as little as 12 months while you learn and grow under the guidance of faculty with rich, real-world experience.

NCU’s online M.A. in Leadership is not like other programs because you get to customize your education. You will choose from four concentrations which allow you to focus on the subject matter that is important to you. Concentrations available are:

  • Business Administration
  • Church Leadership
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Non-Profit


NCU has over 120 years of preparing Christian leaders for service. Since 1895, we’ve provided a top-quality education for students. NCU provides a transformational educational experience that champions wisdom, faith and service, providing graduates with superb career preparation within a Christ-centered environment.



  • 6 starts per year
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • No previous business or leadership coursework required
  • 8 week courses
  • 100% online


This 36 credit program is offered entirely online to help you balance the pursuit of your degree with all of the other priorities that compete with your time. The online Master of Arts in Leadership at NCU is a flexible program that can be completed in 12 or 24 months and with six starts a year you can start pursuing your degree when it works best with your schedule.


Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Leadership program, candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Facilitate personal growth and leadership effectiveness
  • Integrate wisdom, faith, and service in the leadership of complex organizations
  • Impact positive change and empower mission fulfillment
  • Nurture, mentor, develop leadership skills in other members of the organization
  • Navigate complex social & cultural systems on a local and global spectrum
  • Practice principled stewardship of organizational resources (people & systems)


Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on average professionals with a master’s degree earn close to $12,000 more a year than those with a bachelor’s degree. Some of the career opportunities that may be available to you:

  • Small Business Owner/Manager
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Lay Leader
  • Public Administrator
  • Personnel Manager
  • Higher Education Administration


Application Requirements

  • Free application for admission.
  • Official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university (3.0 cumulative GPA) and transcripts for any subsequent academic work.
  • A Statement of Purpose (500 words) showing skills in written communication, addressing how the online Master of Arts in Leadership relates to student’s personal and professional goals.
  • Your resume.

Special Considerations

Students who do not meet GPA requirements may apply for conditional admission to the program. NCU evaluates applicants holistically, evaluating academic progress, as well as work and personal experience in the admissions process. Students may provide a one page description of the previous academic history results, with an explanation of how they intend to be successful at the graduate level.


All application materials must be received at least two weeks prior to the start of coursework.

Upcoming Start Dates

  • March 9, 2020
  • May 11, 2020
  • June 29, 2020


Kassia Galick
Assistant Director of Admission
Phone: 541-684-7334
Text Only: 541-238-9385


2020-21 Cost of Attendance

Tuition: $635/credit which includes eTextbooks.
Total credits in program: 36
Total program cost: $22,860
No added fees.

*Tuition rates are subject to change

Financial Aid Information

At NCU, we know financial aid inside and out and can help you apply for and receive the best financial aid package available.

Veteran Benefit Information

NCU is approved by the Oregon Department of Education and the Department of Veteran Affairs for educating students who are eligible for VA educational benefits. You can begin receiving your educational benefits in just a few, simple steps!

Courses within the Program

Business Administration Concentration

Church Leadership Concentration

Higher Education Concentration

Non-Profit Concentration

Program Director: David Walsh, J.D.

J.D., University of Wisconsin
M.P.S., Cornell University
M.B.A., Alaska Pacific University
B.A., Loras College

David Walsh arrived at NCU in 2019. He comes to NCU from his most recent appointment as Executive in Residence at Columbia University Business School. Prior to his work at Columbia University, David served for ten years as President and CEO of Amalgamated …

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