Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Focus Highlights

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.


Ministry Path

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.
  • Utilize personal Bible study and interaction within the Christian community to pursue growth in Christlikeness.
  • Describe the theoretical base for Christian educational leadership.
  • Synthesize biblical teaching, educational excellence, and contextual understanding to effectively teach the Bible in the local church.
  • Integrate biblical curriculum, leadership development, organizational structure, and resource management to effectively lead ministries in the church for the purpose of reaching and discipling.


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:

•  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 15 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.