No matter what level people work at within an organization, their jobs require proficiency at “soft skills,” such as working with people and being self directed. Employers expect universities to prepare graduates with these skills, and the BA/MA in Leadership helps students meet this expectation. The skills emphasized in Leadership studies—critical thinking, problem solving, and communication—equip TIU students to make a redemptive difference in today’s world. This program is open to a wide range of business professionals, pastors, and nonprofit leaders seeking professional and personal skill development. This program is perfect for both seasoned and emerging leaders with a desire to learn biblical approaches to leadership.
If you want to develop your leadership abilities to ethically respond to the demands of a global, knowledge-based society, the Dual Degree in Leadership is the perfect degree for you. Graduates are prepared to lead others creatively and knowledgeably in a Christ-honoring way. In today’s competitive global marketplace, it is crucial for employees to differentiate themselves by mastering soft skills such as working with other people and communicating effectively across an organization.
Trinity is located in a peaceful wooded setting, just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. This prime location offers some of the nation’s best school districts, a variety of ministry organizations, and 12 Fortune 500 companies within 12 miles of campus to apply practically what you are learning in the classroom. In addition, Trinity is close to many coffee shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and recreational activities when you need a break from the books!
You’ll earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as 5 total years.
As part of your coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your classroom knowledge in a leadership practicum.
As part of your course work you will come to understand current and emerging issues in leadership, employ transformation and resolution strategies within conflict situations and apply culturally sensitive and biblical approaches to leadership. As you progress in your studies, you’ll develop your professional integrity, spiritual formation, interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, and best-practices in communication. Finally, you will be expected to use your leadership skills within the specialized context of your specific occupational and/or academic discipline.
At Trinity, you’ll be equipped to think critically and biblically in every area of life as you are challenged to apply your faith to your coursework and classroom conversations. And instead of approaching general education as a checklist of courses to be completed, Trinity’s distinctive educational approach gives you the freedom to choose courses that are most interesting and relevant to you. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you can select from electives to enhance your major, apply toward a minor, create a double major, or simply experience something new. The choices are yours! All along the way, you’ll be cared for and supported, ensuring that you make the most of your college experience.
With an emphasis on practical application, students have the chance to seek out mentors who show them how to put theory into practice, as they provide insight and guidance on their class projects. In addition, the MA in Leadership is designed to fit conveniently into the schedules of working adults. Students attend a summer intensive, and other courses are available during the academic year for one evening a week.
Other general education courses and required major courses.
|FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE & JUNIOR YEARS:
|Undergraduate Course Work:|
|BI 101||Understanding the Old Testament||–or–|
|BI 111||Understanding the New Testament||3 hours|
|BI 210||Biblical Interpretation||3 hours|
|PH 180||Introduction to Philosophy||3 hours|
|Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:|
|ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought replaces either BI 101 or BI 111|
|ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory|
|One LR course (3 hours) replaces 3 hours of undergraduate elective credit.|
|Upon completion of 70 hours with a 3.0 GPA, students must submit an application and letter of recommendation to Trinity Graduate School Admissions to be accepted into the Dual Degree Program. Student takes ID 5001, ID 5002.|
|SUMMER BEFORE SENIOR YEAR:
|Optional: Student takes modular courses in the May/July summer sessions.|
|Student completes requirements for BA graduation. Student takes graduate courses, schedule permitting.|
|—Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree Completed—|
|SUMMER FOLLOWING SENIOR YEAR:
|Student takes modular courses in the May/July summer sessions.|
|Student takes any remaining course work in Fall. Student completes coursework for MA program.|
|Student completes requirements for MA graduation.|
|—Master of Arts Degree Completed—|
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