Your ministry 
 is unique. 
 Your degree 
 should be too. 

Ignite Your Calling. 

Fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch with more information about how pursuing your Master’s in Ministry Leadership online degree at UNW might be a good fit for you. 


Interlock faith and purpose as you expand your understanding of Christian leadership. 

Step into your calling in ministry. 

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Take your ministry to the next level.

At UNW you’ll encounter an online Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership that’s not only realistically attainable, but undeniably valuable. So you can graduate equipped to serve effectively, lead commendably, and infuse light into today’s world.

Discover a flexible program designed to explore Christian leadership in churches, nonprofits, and other faith-based organizations. Collaboratively designed student-friendly courses cover everything from effective communication and organizational leadership to church management and global ministry.

Plus, benefit from expert faculty who are active in ministry. Dig deeper into real-world skills. Gain insight into ministry experiences. And develop strategies to maximize leadership impact.

And do it all within a supportive Christian environment to encourage you as you ignite your calling

"I use the things that I learned in my Bible and ministry classes every day. There are times that I can recall exactly which class I learned how to handle a situation with my youth group students or the Bible class where I learned about a topic that I plan to teach about. UNW equipped me to teach the Word of God and to be a leader in the local church."

Emma Larson  

MAML '21  

Ready to explore enrolling in the online MAML program at UNW? 


100+ Research Databases 
Access more than 100 virtual professional collections with thousands of titles through the Berntsen Library at UNW.  

100%  Expert Faculty  
Gain front-row access to expert professors who are all active in ministry.  

18–22 Months 
Complete your M.A. in Ministry Leadership in as little as 18–22 months. 

Emphasis Tracks   
Choose from six 12-credit emphasis tracks to customize the program for your ministry goals. 

What Alumni Are Saying

What’s holding you back from taking the next step?

At UNW, we want to encourage and support you as you ignite your calling in ministry. Still have questions? Check out a few of our FAQs below: 

1. Will I be able to successfully juggle coursework with my other responsibilities? 

Definitely.  We know it can be nerve-wracking to take the next step toward your goals, especially as you consider how pursuing a degree will fit into your busy life.

That’s why we’ve created a value-packed MAML program that provides a manageable workload for a busy adult. Experience flexible education and student-friendly courses all within a convenient online format — so you can complete coursework when it’s convenient for you.

2. Is it affordable?

Yes!  It is a top priority to make quality education affordable so that you can ignite your calling right here at UNW. You can expect affordable tuition, with financial aid options.

More than our commitment to an affordable education, though, is our commitment to a valuable one. Invest in an education at UNW that offers faith-infused learning, a highly interactive online community, courses taught by actively practicing faculty, and student-friendly course design.

3. Will I have access to support resources?

Absolutely. We believe students of all ages thrive in a learning environment where they feel known, supported, and encouraged. Our online MAML program, firmly rooted in biblical principles, offers access to free tutoring and coaching resources, personal academic advising, optional live-learning sessions, and—of course—our highly interactive virtual community. 

4. What can I do with an MAML degree? 

Our curriculum is designed to provide you with a foundation for success in the real world. A degree in ministry leadership can open doors to many careers in a variety of settings. 

UNW alumni have stepped into roles as: 

  • Pastors

  • Church administration specialists

  • Executive leaders

  • Church planters

  • Nonprofit leaders

  • Christian educators. 

Plus, many have gone on to do incredible bi-vocational ministry work.

5. How will faith be incorporated into the curriculum? 

We recognize that faith is central to ministry. Experience an online MAML program that will carefully prepare you to ignite your unique calling while maintaining a strong commitment to the authority of God’s word.

Grow in your spiritual walk and develop strategies for effective ministry work locally or around the world. Wherever you feel led in ministry, graduate with a deepened level of confidence as a faithful servant leader in the Kingdom of God.

Areas of Study 

  • Ministry Leadership, Master of Arts  
    • Biblical Studies 

    • Clinical Pastoral Education  

    • Cultural Engagement 

    • Organizational Leadership 

    • Pastoral Leadership 

    • Theological Studies 

Benefits of an MAML Degree at UNW 

Discover a practical online education that uniquely equips you to ignite your calling. While pursuing your MAML at UNW, you can expect to:  

  • Study under faculty who are active in ministry and integrate today’s best practices into the curriculum 

  • Engage in faith-infused learning that interlocks faith and purpose  

  • Join a highly interactive online community for busy adults  

  • Benefit from student-friendly course design that optimizes quality and user experience 

  • Customize your degree program to fit your calling 

"I use the things that I learned in my Bible and ministry classes every day. There are times that I can recall exactly which class I learned how to handle a situation with my youth group students or the Bible class where I learned about a topic that I plan to teach about. UNW equipped me to teach the Word of God and to be a leader in the local church. "

Emma Larson

MAML '21 

An MAML may be a great fit if you…  

  • Have a passion for Christian leadership in churches, nonprofits, and other faith-based organizations

  • Desire to deepen your understanding of Scripture

  • Consider yourself a big-picture thinker

  • Seek to cultivate your ability to lead others well

  • Christian Educator

  • Church Administration Specialist

  • Church Planter

  • Crisis Relief Director

  • Executive Leader

  • Missionary

  • Missions Organization Executive  

  • Nonprofit Leader

  • Pastor

  • School Principal

Career Opportunities

Plus, there are many opportunities to engage in incredible bi-vocational ministry work.


Leading and Organizing Ministry
Study the practice of leadership and management for the Church and for Christian nonprofit organizations. Explore God's vision for your life, leading and organizing a ministry to accomplish a mission, and how to develop leaders who equip other leaders.

Effective Communication and Leadership
Examine the dynamic role of communication in creating a productive, quality organization. Dive into organizational culture, internal communication to build morale, external communication, methods of decision-making, and more.

Ministering Culturally and Globally
Investigate social and cultural contexts in order to communicate and minister effectively in a diverse and globalized society. Plus, apply theological and philosophical principles related to the global and local mission of the Church.