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2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Leadership Theory, MA

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Center Leadership Studies
Academic Award Master of Arts
Credits Required 36 semester credits
Faculty Lead Earl Creps
CIP Code 52.0213


The Master of Arts in Applied Leadership Theory positions CFLS students to work at the intersection of theory and practice in the leadership arts. This 36-hour degree is earned in-progress as students work toward their Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. As a concurrent Master’s degree, the MALT gives students the opportunity to earn a specialized graduate degree in a field that represents the heart of our doctoral programs in Organizational Leadership.

Program Highlights

Uniquely, the MALT offers the advantage of exploring the relationship between theory and practice. This often-overlooked connection will prepare our students to understand that relationship, contribute to both components and to develop leadership practice out of that connection.


The MA in Applied Leadership Theory is available only to students who have been admitted into the CFLS Ed.D. or Ph.D. programs. Criteria for admission are identical to that of the CFLS doctoral degrees. 

Credit Transfer

Students in the MALT can transfer up to 12 hours of graduate credits from eligible schools into their Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs using CFLS guidelines.

Program Outcomes

Graduates with an MA in Applied Leadership Theory will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical and social contexts that influenced the development of major leadership theories
  2. Compare the central features of major leadership theories.
  3. Critique the strengths and weaknesses of major leadership theories.
  4. Evaluate the applicability of major leadership theories to a variety of organizational settings
  5. Formulate leadership practices that apply theory to a variety of organizational situations.
  6. Articulate a Christian perspective on the relationship of leadership theory to leadership practice.

Concentration Courses: 9

Select 3 courses from the following Concentrations:

Total: 36 Semester Credits

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