Master of Arts in Leadership in Specialized Ministry

The MAL in 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.

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


Concentration Learning Outcomes

In addition to the core MAL degree learning outcomes, the outcomes for the MAL Specialized Ministry program will be based on the elective courses that the student selects in consultation with their advisor.


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)
  • All MAL concentrations, including Specialized Ministry, can be completed entirely via distance learning; many courses can be taken completely asynchronously


Program Course Guide Sheet for Academic Year 2023-2024

Religious Texts 2
Introduction to Religious Texts
One 2000-level Religious Texts course
Theological Tradition 2
Invitation to Theology: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Ethics/Justice 2
Choose one:
Christian Ethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 1 Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Cultural Contextualization 1
Choose one:
Global Christianities
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 6
Two Practices of Ministry courses
Two elective courses
Choose one:
Congregational Internship
CPE Internship*
Ministry Practicum
MAL Final Project
* Although not specifically required for degree completion, Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care must be completed to be eligible for CPE Internship registration.


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