Religious Leadership, M.A.


Lead others to success using a theological framework

Our fully online Master of Arts in Religious Leadership is specifically designed for people like you who seek theological and scriptural background for your work.

If you enroll in the program from a traditional ministry setting, you will gain practical leadership knowledge and a skill set that goes beyond knowledge acquired from a seminary degree program.

If you work in organizations and agencies outside traditional ministry, you will acquire fluency in scripture and theology while also developing leadership skills, including the following.

  • Effectively communicate with faith leaders who can serve as potential partners
  • Understand the faith of your clients, pastors and others
  • Have the leadership skills to lead an organization through change
  • Manage and lead organizations rooted in the reality of their location
  • Develop budgets and identify resources for your organization to thrive and succeed

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Take the next step toward completing your online Master of Arts in Religious Leadership degree at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

Take the next step toward completing your online Master of Arts in Religious Leadership degree at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. 

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Designed for Working Professionals


Our program is developed with you in mind. We know your days are busy. That is why our non-cohort program is offered in a fully online format, allowing you the flexibility to complete the curriculum at your own pace—full-time or part-time—and from anywhere in the world.

Although delivered online, full-time faculty are located on our Hickory, Asheville and Columbia, S.C., campuses, providing the ability to video conference when needed.

Kimberly Dunbar

No other program that I found focused on both theology and leadership and offered fully virtual classes with hands-on learning opportunities in my community.

Kimberly Dunbar MA’21

Program Requirements

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Religious Leadership degree. This program is offered fully online, and is specifically designed for those who seek theological and scriptural background for their work. Students from traditional ministry settings will gain practical leadership knowledge and a skill set that goes beyond knowledge acquired from a seminary degree program. Students working in other types of organizations and agencies will acquire fluency in scripture and theology to help better understand their organization's work in a theological framework.

LR's Religious Leadership graduate program aims to develop leaders who:

  • Effectively communicate with faith leaders who can serve as potential partners.
  • Understand the faith of their clients, pastors, and other partners.
  • Have the leadership skills to lead an organization through change.
  • Have the ability to manage and lead organizations rooted in the reality of their location.
  • Develop budgets and identify resources for their organization to thrive and succeed.

Program Admission Requirements

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