Introducing New Master’s Degree in Leadership

Launching spring 2018, the Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies will add a sixth degree to its academic offerings: The Master of Spiritual Leadership (MSL). As one of two cohort-based programs available at The King’s University, the MSL will offer a unique learning experience both in content and in format.

“This program is unique in that it adds serious in-depth leadership education to the offerings at TKU, with its concentration in leadership studies, and can help students enhance their skills and take their ministry, non-profit or business to the next level,” says Dr. Frank Markow, dean of the Distance Education Department.

With an emphasis on integrating personal development, theological foundations, and organizational studies, this degree will equip students to face challenges in their organizations today and in the future. TKU’s Spirit-infused theological framework blends timeless principles with contemporary application, making the MSL a valuable experience for any leader.

In addition to leadership courses, such as Leading Healthy Organizations and Organizational Development and Change, the 36-hour curriculum also includes courses in biblical studies, like Renewal Theology and Leadership; and courses in practical ministry studies, such as The Spirit Formed Leader. In partnership with Gateway Church, one of the fastest growing churches in America, TKU will also offer MSL students the unique opportunity to integrate Gateway Conference content into their academic studies.

According to Markow, “The MSL is ideal for busy in-service leaders who need to increase their leadership capacity for a new season, or require a ‘re-tooling’ in preparation for a new stage of their calling.” This new hybrid program combines week-long residencies at TKU’s main campus with interactive online learning, making it possible for active leaders to complete their degree in just two years.

The MSL’s cohort-based format not only offers convenience, it also offers students the opportunity to build relationships with like-minded leaders and to establish a new network of colleagues. As they journey alongside 12-15 of their peers, students will learn from each other and forge connections that might not have been made without their shared academic experience.

Applications are currently being accepted for the first MSL cohort, which will launch in January 2018. The deadline to apply is December 15. For more information about this program, please visit or contact the Office of Admissions at


Posted November 27, 2017