United Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Leadership in Social Transformation

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Social Transformation program will equip you with the theological, strategic, organization and practical skills to lead social transformation in a wide variety of organizational contexts, including nonprofits, philanthropy, congregations, community organizing, public service, education, business, politics, social justice advocacy and activism, and other community contexts. The program provides a broad foundation in theology, religious texts, ethics, and leadership as well as focused study in areas specific to a chosen career path.

You’ll be equipped to think critically about socio-political dynamics and reflect constructively on the role of spiritual and theological traditions in movements for social change. This professional graduate program combines the tools and methodologies of social change with practical and constructive theology to prepare you to be an innovative and effective leader for an increasingly pluralistic and complex world.

If you wish to receive training for ministerial competencies along with social transformation skills, check out the MDiv in Social Transformation.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in:

  • Increasing your proficiency and leadership within your current vocational context
  • Establishing yourself within the sector of your vocational aspiration
  • Launching your own social enterprise or social ministry

You could serve in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Congregational community engagement
  • Teaching
  • National faith-based advocacy
  • Organizing for eco-justice
  • And much more


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 Specialized Ministry, 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 Theology for Social Transformation

Social Analysis and Community Engagement

Social Enterprise

Two Electives

Social Transformation Practicum

Masters Final Project



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