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Master of Arts in Leadership


The programme is ideal for those in full-time professional employment, including pastors, church administrators, business managers, educational leaders, and more. It can be completed part-time across a three-year period, with intensive sessions accompanied throughout the year by a range of flexible online interactions and a face-to-face learning group.

The programme represents a new concept in graduate education, designed to meet the needs of mid-career leaders. It is highly flexible to allow self-motivated learners to pursue a graduate degree without requiring to move their families or interrupt their careers. Key elements are:

Three years, part-time

Part-time (summer and winter intensives, monthly regional group meetings and online learning)


May 24-30: Orientation
May 31 – June 13: Joint cohort session

36 US

Serena Santona

Andrews University (United States)


*For information on how to apply, click here.


  • The programme uses a unique approach to learning and teaching where the participants’ experience and skills are the implicit starting point. Participants learn to understand and scrutinise their own skill sets and subsequently they extend them systematically and in collaboration with a group of fellow learners, their teachers and advisors.
  • Previous students can attest to the programme having a life-changing effect on their lives.
  • A range of scholarships are available such as those from the Trans-European Division (TED) and the British Union Conference (BUC). Contact your Union President for more details.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre, including access to the extensive electronic databases of the James White Library at Andrews University.
I completed the Master of Arts in Leadership when it was offered by Newbold in the early 2000s. The degree was transformational – not just in terms of my competence as a leader, or my understanding about leadership – the experience changed my attitude to and outlook about the values that belong to Christian leadership. It didn’t change my theology, but helped me learn to excel and honour God.
Pastor Llew Edwards


The programme takes three years in part-time studies and comprises seven face-to-face sessions that must be attended (it is compulsory). During this time, participants meet twice a year for course modules designed to support the development of ten leadership competencies, including a research competency that requires participants to complete a master’s thesis (dissertation).

  • One/Two-week orientation in the summer at Newbold (Session 1)
  • One-week session during the autumn/winter (Session 2)
  • Monthly one-day meetings with the local learning groups (venue organised by learning group)
  • Online discussions using the designated Virtual Learning Platform
  • Two-week session in the summer at Newbold (Session 3)
  • One-week session during the autumn/winter (Session 4)
  • Monthly one-day meetings with the local learning groups (venue organised by learning group)
  • Online discussions using the designated Virtual Learning Platform
  • Two-week session in the summer at Newbold (Session 5)
  • Research Thesis defense at the one-week session during the autumn/winter (Session 6)
  • Monthly one-day meetings with the local learning groups (venue organised by learning group)
  • Online discussions using the designated Virtual Learning Platform

Final Summer Joint session (Session 7)

Presentation of the completed ten competencies in a professional Leadership Portfolio.

The MA in Leadership has a four year time limit for completion.

The programme sessions offer course modules designed to support the development of ten leadership competencies. These modules encompass subjects such as:

  • Models of leadership
  • Biblical philosophy of leadership
  • Christ as an example of leadership
  • Leadership styles
  • Ethics & problem solving
  • Leadership in church organisations and entities
  • Visioning
  • Cultural leadership
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time management
  • Change management
  • Developing and mentoring leaders


All participants have the opportunity to develop seven required (core) competencies and three selected from six optional competencies:

  • Cultivating Spiritual Leadership
  • Leading Others
  • Developing Others
  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Managing Organisational Health
  • Culture & Context
  • Leadership and Research

Optional competencies

  • Innovating with Technology
  • Health Outreach & Leadership
  • Urban Church Planting
  • Creative Leadership & Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneuring
  • Working with Youth in Mission


The following members of the Department of Leadership (Andrews University) teach the Master of Arts in Leadership:


You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is.

To apply to complete the Master of Arts in Leadership, you will need:

  • An undergraduate degree in any area
  • To be currently employed (and have at least 5 years experience)
  • To hold a leadership position

If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C

The Master of Arts in Leadership is available through Andrews University and as such applicants will need to apply directly to Andrews University in order to enrol on the programme.

Deadline for Application: 24 February 2017


Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with universities in the United Kingdom and with Adventist higher education providers in the United States.

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.


Participants experientially develop competencies through actual projects in their workplace. Achievements of the competencies are documented in a leadership portfolio that includes artifacts of work-embedded projects and reflection papers that demonstrate the participant’s ability to integrate theory with practice. The portfolio also includes a dissertation focusing on a leadership problem in the participant’s context.

Leaders do not work by themselves. Leaders work with people. Their challenge is how to multiply human accomplishment by amplifying and aggregating human effort (Hamel, 2007). In today’s challenging work environment it is important that leadership education is not classroom-bound but impacts the real life context of the leader. How does the Leadership programme approach this challenge?

  • By requiring participants to be full-time employed or own their own business
  • By encouraging the development of competencies in actual work contexts
  • By creating a learning context that allows participants to use real-life and work experience as a foundation for competency development

Participants in the Leadership programme are at various stages in their career development. They come from a broad spectrum of organisations and institutions.


Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Master of Arts in Leadership is offered through Andrews University (USA).

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