Organizational Leadership, M.S./Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The combined Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (concentration in non-profit) is a program developed in collaboration between Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology and College of Professional Advancement. This program is designed to prepare students for leadership in both faith-based communities and today's complex organizations by developing the practical abilities and skills needed in those settings. Through exploring non-profit specific strategies in development, budget, volunteerism, governance, and strategic planning, this program is ideal for those seeking to create change in their communities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be prepared to:

  • Understand concepts, principles, and processes related to the United States federal and state laws under which nonprofit organizations operate and be able to consider their effect on the establishment and operation of nonprofit organizations.
  • Understand budgeting and fund development for the non-profit sector.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current and future role of human resources in nonprofit organizations and apply strategies for acquiring, managing, developing, and retaining volunteers and board members.
  • Demonstrate and broaden perspectives of nonprofits through examination of major themes and concepts incorporated throughout the program.
  • Communicate the general theological understanding required as a basis for local church ministries.


Students enrolled in the combined degree program will complete the requirements for both the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and the M.S. in Organizational Leadership degrees. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both the McAfee School of Theology's Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and the College of Professional Advancement's M.S. in Organizational Leadership.