United Theological Seminary

MAL Degree Learning Outcomes

A graduate of United’s Master of Arts in Leadership degree program will be able to:

  • critically interpret and reflect on Hebrew Bible texts, primarily from Genesis to Kings, from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • apply to their vocational context or academic study the critical interpretation of and reflection on New Testament texts, primarily from the Gospels OR the Epistles, Acts and Revelation, from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • critically interpret, analyze and reflect on 1st–17th Century OR 18th–20th Century theological texts and perspectives in their historical context as well as through the lens of modern questions and challenges;
  • apply to their vocational context an appropriate critical analysis of and reflection on moral dilemmas from a variety of Christian OR interreligious ethical perspectives;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the religious history and theological perspectives of populations traditionally marginalized by the dominant voices of their religious traditions (this outcome not addressed in the MAL in Spiritual Direction concentration);
  • demonstrate understanding of each of the Formation Six Key Qualities and self-assess their capacity in each quality;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the global expressions of Christianity OR other religions in relation to their own faith tradition;
  • articulate an informed understanding of the historical OR contemporary use of the arts as a means of theological or religious expression and reflection;
  • develop a plan for a social change initiative that demonstrates the effective application of theoretical and practical tools for interpreting and leading social transformation within various organizational contexts;
  • add to the body of knowledge and practice in a chosen specialized vocational setting through the thoughtful synthesis of knowledge and skills in religious texts, theology, ethics, formation, contextualization, the arts, social transformation, and/or vocational practice; and
  • demonstrate effective academic theological research and writing skills.