United Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Leadership in Faith Formation

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Faith Formation program is designed for those who wish to lead education and formation programs in congregations. You will be prepared to develop and oversee congregational religious education programs or specialized ministry programs, such as youth and/or children’s ministries, adult or senior adult formation programs, or other community life programs, such as small group or outreach ministries.

The program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in pursuing a career in a variety of church ministry contexts, most likely associate ministry positions in mid-size or larger churches with religious education and other specialized ministry programs that require leadership with focused attention to faith development and religious and theological training.


United’s Mal at a Glance

  • 48 credits
  • Sixteen 3-credit courses, including one field experience and a final project
  • Can be completed in two years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most concentrations, including Faith Formation, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

Formation 1 Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Religious Texts 2 Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation

New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation

Theological Tradition 2 Religious and Theological Interpretation

Choose one:

  • History of Christian Theologies
  • History of Modern Theologies
  • Constructive Theology
Ethics/Justice 1 Choose one:

  • Christian Ethics
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
Cultural Contextualization 1 Choose one:

  • World Religions
  • Global Christianities
Arts and Theology 1 Choose one:

  • History of Arts and Theology
  • Theological Interpretation of the Arts
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 7 Interreligious Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Faith Formation

Three Practices of Ministry Electives

Choose one:

  • Church Internship
  • Ministry Practicum
  • CPE Ministry Practicum

Masters Final Project



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