Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is a two-year, 49 credit hour program designed to equip students to become competent leaders in the educational ministries of churches, parachurch organizations, and denominational agencies. The MAEL is fully available at the Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses and online, though Gateway Seminary students at any campus may pursue the MAEL with required supplemental classes at the Los Angeles campus or online.
- Children's Ministry Concentration - Los Angeles Campus
- Family Ministry Concentration - Los Angeles Campus
- Ministry to Women Concentration - Los Angeles Campus
- Youth Ministry Concentration - Los Angeles Campus and Gateway Online
Christian education ministries, small group ministries, and age-specific ministries such as preschool, youth, or college.
Why a MAEL at Gateway Seminary?
Upon completion of the MAEL, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of Scripture, theology, hermeneutics, and church history.
- Demonstrate Christlikeness through personal Bible study and interaction within the Christian community.
- Know the theoretical base for Christian educational leadership.
- Demonstrate competence in practical skills for Christian educational leadership. These include effective communication, team building, conflict resolution, evangelism, discipleship, creating and evaluating curriculum, administration, and embracing cultural diversity.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively lead in Christian educational ministries.
A regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
Master's by Exception
Gateway Seminary will consider applicants lacking an accredited undergraduate degree for admission to its basic master's degrees. A student must request admission under this provision in writing through the Office of Enrollment and may initiate this request only after all qualifying criteria have been met:
• Students requesting a master's by exception must be at least 30 years of age at the time of the submitted request.
• Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 20 hours of Gateway Seminary coursework required in the master’s degree sought (at least 6 hours of introductory courses in New Testament, Old Testament, history, or theology) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Electives, transfer credits and ADVANCE courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
• This provision will not be granted to previous students who graduated with diploma degrees.