United Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Leadership Specialized Ministry

The Master of Arts in Leadership Specialized Ministry program will provide you with an applied ministry degree that is flexible enough to create a customized curriculum around your vocational goals. Choose this program if your specialization is not represented by one of our other MAL concentrations (Faith Formation, Social Transformation or Spiritual Direction).

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

  • A non-ordained ministerial career in a church
  • A career in a para-church organization
  • A career in a social service context


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 Two Practices of Ministry Electives

Three Electives (as approved by advisor)

Choose one:

  • Church Internship
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Justice Ministry Education
  • CPE Ministry Practicum*

Masters Final Project


* Although not specifically required for degree completion, Interreligious Pastoral and Spiritual Care must be completed to be eligible for CPE registration.


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