Master of Arts in Urban Leadership


Northern’s new Master of Arts in Urban Leadership trains culturally competent ministers for urban communities.

Classes are held at Northern’s Southside Center for Urban Leadership at Hirsch High School.

If you are interested in this new program, or know someone who might be, please apply here, or connect with Northern Seminary.

Students will engage with complex social and cultural issues facing urban communities, including systemic racism, poverty, violence, and incarceration, and exegete their cultural contexts using ethnographic skills. This practical approach will build on a foundation of biblical knowledge, theology, and church history, focusing on urban theology and the history of the urban church in America. Leading practitioners in urban ministry will train students in preaching, evangelism, conflict mediation, and pastoral care.


On Campus + Annual Intensive

Upcoming Starting Points

Fall 2018, Classes Begin in September

Winter 2019, Classes Begin in January

Spring 2019, Classes Begin in January

Program Completion Time

This 57 credit, cohort based program is designed to be completed in 4 years of study. This includes 3 quarters per year of study, one class per quarter, which meets once a week to accommodate ministry and work schedules. This is typically Monday at 7pm.

* program can be completed quicker, but the cohort price is forfeited and exchanged for seminary wide, per credit price.

Innovative Content

Christian Heritage Courses:

  • Exploring the Bible
  • Pentateuch
  • Former Prophets
  • Jesus & the Gospels
  • Paul’s Letter and Acts
  • Christian Theology I
  • Christian Theology II
  • Theology of the Urban Church and Culture
  • History of Christianity Survey
  • History of the American Urban Church

Urban Leadership Ministry Courses:

  • Issues Facing Urban Communities
  • Leadership in Urban Contexts
  • Church in Community
  • Evangelism/Discipleship in Urban Contexts
  • Formation for Urban Ministry Leadership
  • Preaching in Urban Contexts
  • Worship & the Arts in Urban Contexts
  • Supervised Ministry 1 & 2
  • Integrative Seminar

Click here for an updated Progress Report.

Convenient Schedule
The program consists of: (a) one evening class per week (normally on Monday), (b) six Saturday mornings during the academic year, and (c) a one-week intensive class each summer.

Nearly all classes are held at Northern’s Southside Center for Urban Leadership. Occasionally, a class may be held at our Westside Center in Lawndale.

The Urban Leadership program offers a unique pricing structure designed for the leader in an urban context. The cost of the program is substantially lower than most seminary degrees and is paid as monthly installments over the course of your program. In addition, students who apply for Northern financial aid may qualify for a 15% scholarship.

For more information or to get started:
Contact the Admissions Office     How to Apply     Explore Financial Aid Options

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