MAL Degree Learning Outcomes

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

  • interpret a selected passage from a selected religious text from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives and using one or more critical methods, demonstrating understanding of the influence of their own situatedness on that interpretation;
  • critically interpret, analyze and reflect on a selected theological text or perspective in its historical context as well as through the lens of modern questions and challenges;
  • apply to their vocational context or academic study an appropriate critical analysis of and reflection on a selected moral dilemma from a variety of Christian OR interreligious ethical perspectives;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the religious history and theological perspectives of a selected population historically marginalized by the dominant voices of their religious traditions;
  • evaluate one’s spiritual development in light of one’s own “sources of the self” and religious horizons;
  • identify, transform, and/or create specific sources of spiritual power that resist human degradation and enhance human life;
  • critically analyze and reflect on the global expressions of religions in relation to their own faith tradition;
  • articulate an informed understanding of the historical use of the arts as a means of theological or religious expression and reflection OR an informed understanding of the complex relationships among art, culture and religion;
  • analyze a historical or contemporary artistic or cultural work for the ways it expresses spiritual and religious ideas;
  • interpret cultural and vocational contexts and identify strategic points of leadership for social transformation;
  • develop an effective plan for a social transformation initiative that includes a needs assessment, strategies and plans that address those needs, a communications plan, and a plan for acquiring needed resources;
  • 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.


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