At a time when societies around the globe are struggling to combat corruption and lapses of ethics, the world needs people who lead with the courage of their convictions. Students bring their specific vocational interests to the classroom to explore ways of bringing groups to new social consciousness, global understanding, and personal interconnectedness. Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry relies on expertise in the difficult task of integrating meaning-making, formation in spiritual practices leading to depth, and practicing skills toward leading communities to work toward justice. By teaching students to inspire others to make the world a better place, the Master of Arts in Transformation Leadership prepares students to take their place as ethical leaders and social entrepreneurs in non-profit organizations, NGOs, social service agencies, mediation offices, community-based organizations and other settings. Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry designed and built this degree in 2008, with no degree of its kind available in the global community.
Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL)The MATL is a program within Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. Applications are processed through Graduate Admissions. The below option is also available through our partnership with the Seattle University School of Law.
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (JD/MATL) The MATL/JD Joint degree program is designed to allow students interested in obtaining both the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) and the Juris Doctor degrees simultaneously. This allows students to obtain both degrees in less time than if they were obtained independently. At a time when societies around the globe are struggling to combat corruption and lapse of ethics, the world needs individuals who lead with the courage of their convictions. The MATL/JD program prepares students to become a positive force for social justice in a dynamic world. Through the joint degree program, specified courses taken within the School of Theology and Ministry will count toward the JD degree and specified courses taken in the School of Law will count toward the MATL degree. Students are required to be admitted separately to both the School of Law and the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. For information on Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry and the MATL degree, visit www.seattleu.edu/stm/matl/. For information on Seattle University’s’ School of Law, visit www.law.seattleu.edu/
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* All credits are quarter credits** Years average is based on FT at 3 classes per quarter
I. Required Courses Choose one of the following three coursesSTMM 500 Christian Anthropology (3) STMM 569 The Human Person and Meaning Making (3) STMA 575 Images of the Sacred (3) Choose one of the following three courses STMA 563 Reconciliation: Memory, Justice and Forgiveness (3) STML 560 Spiritualities of Peacebuilding (3) STML 563 Contemporary Traditions in Spirituality (3)
Ethics: Choose one of the following three courses STMM 504 Christian Ethics (3) STMM 506 Earth Community, Earth Ethics (3) STMA 582 Community, Justice and Mission: Communal Learning and Care of the Earth (3) Ethics Elective (3)II. Other Required Courses 30 credits: STMM 550 Conflict Management (3) STMA 561 Psycho-Spiritual Development (3) STML 585 Social Analysis and Organizational Decision-Making (3) STML 554 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)STML 561 Transformational Leadership (3) STML 564 Religion in the Public Square (3) STML 569 Integration of Transformational Leadership for Justice I (3) STML 570 Spiritual Discernment and Decision Making (3) STML 572 Leadership, Personality and Culture (3) STML 573 Integration of Transformational Leadership for Justice II (3)STML 574 Leadership in a Pluralistic Society (3)
Meaning MakingAn understanding of the role and dynamics in human "meaning-making" in framing worldviews, values formation, and varied forms of decision-making. A reflective capacity for analyzing and articulating personal spirituality and "meaning-making" influences and structures and their impact on leadership ideals, goals and methodologies.
Critical ThinkingAn ability to think critically about the impact and role of religious organizations, spiritual movements and spiritually-inspired insights and worldviews in public discourse, and their impact and role in the development of leadership theory and practice.
Engaging Reflective DiscussionThe engagement of others in reflective discussion on the structures of meaning defining their lives and the organizations and culture(s) in which they live, particularly using concepts and langauges in multiple intelligences, and a variety of learning and leadership theories.
Spiritual LeadershipLeading from a posture of articulated spiritual depth that is consistent with one's personally-defined values, as well as the values of one's workplace organization.
Transformational LeadershipThe ability to lead groups through processes of transformation and change.
Public Speaking DevelopmentDevelopment of the capacity to speak publicly with ease and clarity, as well as writing appropriately to serve a variety of audiences.
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