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Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

This program of study will challenge emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview.

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Overview

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program of study is suited to the student who desires extensive training for the purpose of leadership in the local church, non-profit, or workplace. Each student chooses one of the following focus areas: Biblical Studies, Intercultural Studies, Organizational Leadership, or Worship Ministry.

 

Program Objectives

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and to explore ramifications of this gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Equip the student to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.
  • Give the student an understanding of how to apply Christian and organizational leadership knowledge, theories, and skills within a global context.
  • Equip the student for research that is exegetical, qualitative and quantitative for leadership and organizational understanding, analysis and problem solving.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The M.A.C.L. degree requires 13 courses (or 39 credit hours), which can be completed within 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Graduate Tuition Rate = $280 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,630

Semesters 2 - 4

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,620

* This is per semester.

Semester 5

Tuition for 1 course: $840
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $940

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $11,580

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $300 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.

Courses

Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog.

All Courses
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 601 Historical Biblical Leaders 3
MBIB 602 Biblical Issues for Leadership 3
MLEA 501 Organizational Leadership 3
MLEA 502 Christian Leadership Development 3
MLEA 503 Strategic Leadership & Change 3
MLEA 504 Contemporary Leadership Issues 3
MLEA 601 Organizational Research and Analysis 3
MLEA 602 Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership 3
MLEA 603 Global Leadership 3
MLEA 604 Culminating Experience I 3
MLEA 605 Culminating Experience II 3
MLEA 606 Culminating Experience III (as needed) 1
Total Credit Hours: 39

Admissions

Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@gcd.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of GCD’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by GCD’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Josh’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Josh leads a busy life. Balancing family, work, and serving at his local church is a tough act, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“I grew so much as a leader and flower of Jesus during my time in the MACL program. Great leaders, who have devoted their lives to learning, taught me how to lead from a biblical perspective and imparted to me a zeal and passion for learning.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at GCD can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.