Christian Theology (BA) to Christian Leadership (MA)

Douglas Koskela, PhD, Contact
Theology faculty
Seminary faculty

A combined Christian Theology (BA) and Christian Leadership (MA) is ideal for students who feel called by God to serve in pastoral leadership and desire educational and formational training to support this vocation.

Through dual-function courses that count for both degree programs, you will be able to complete this combined degree in an accelerated timeline, graduating with both degrees within five years instead of six, as shown on this sample degree sequence (PDF) for the accelerated program.

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Christian Theology (BA)

  • Undergraduate students should apply to the Christian Theology major via the online Major or Minor Application form no later than the fall of their junior year.
  • Successful applicants to this accelerated major must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • When applying to the accelerated major, students must submit an essay to the School of Theology associate dean of undergraduate studies describing their understanding of their vocation for pastoral leadership.

Upon acceptance in the Christian Theology undergraduate major, you will be advised by the associate dean on the completion of your major in order to have finished all but upper-division elective requirements for the BA by December of your fourth/senior year. View 

Christian Leadership (MA)

  • Students must apply for the Christian Leadership (MA) via the standard application process for that degree program (application form, resume, personal essay, official transcripts attesting a minimum 3.0 GPA; two recommendation letters) no later than March 31 of their third/junior year.
  • Once accepted into the graduate program, students will take master’s courses beginning in January of their senior year. 
  • Those master’s courses will transfer back to fulfill the remaining elective requirements in their major for their BA, while certain designated courses taken during their BA will fulfill specific course requirements of the MA. 

During the time that they are pursuing the Christian Leadership (MA) degree, students will participate fully in the academy, abbey, and apostolate components of the seminary curriculum, preparing them to serve in pastoral leadership positions upon graduation.

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