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The School of Graduate Studies at Barclay College offers students a transformative learning experience through excellence in academics and relevant application to life, service, and leadership today. Recognizing that not everyone is called to serve in the same way, the Master of Arts degree program offers an interdisciplinary model of graduate education, featuring a combination of core theology and Bible courses, relevant research and/or field experiences, and five unique concentrations.


Master of Arts Concentrations

Family Ministries

The Master of Arts in Family Ministries (MAFM) combines Biblical theology and practical understanding about families with a strong emphasis on personal growth and reflection. Families, both good and bad, are in the business of reproducing themselves. Many individuals recognize the brokenness that is passed down through their family and yet feel helpless to remedy that pain. Even healthy families have their challenges, but God's promise is that individuals and families can endure, strengthen each other, and achieve the health and longevity that we all believe a family should experience.

Pastoral Ministries

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries (MAPM) combines the study of theology and the Bible with proven principles and best practices for effectiveness in pastoral ministry. This concentration is especially designed to meet the needs of those who feel called to serve as a lead pastor or in another pastoral ministry position in a local church setting. Church leaders and elders who serve in a variety of leadership roles will also find benefit in this program and become better prepared to equip others for ministry.

Quaker Studies

The Master of Arts in Quaker Studies (MAQS) offers a rich examination of the Quaker (Friends) movement from an evangelical perspective, including its unique history, deep convictions, distinctive practices, and sense of purpose. This program is for church leaders, professionals, and anyone who would like to discover more about the Friends Church and its place in our world today.

Spiritual Formation

The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (MASF) recognizes that fulfillment in life and effectiveness in ministry increase as a person is shaped and conformed into the image of Christ. With its integration of Christian theology, Christian spirituality, and Christian community, the MASF program offers students a unique learning experience and opportunity to grow intellectually, spiritually, and holistically. Any church leader and follower of Christ will be stirred, challenged, and find personal benefit in this program.

Transformational Leadership

The Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) integrates the best of the scholarly research and literature on leadership with a firm Biblical and theological foundation for effectiveness. This interdisciplinary emphasis is anchored in the application of transformational leadership theory and Christian theology to prepare men and women for leadership and service in a variety of settings. It is an ideal emphasis for anyone who works with people in any position of ministry, leadership, service, or profession, including: corporate, government, non-profit, faith-based, and community organizations.


Teaching Faculty

Matt Chesnes, DMin Joined the MATL-SF leadership team in the fall of 2012 after serving as an adjunct professor, both on campus and online. A seasoned scholar-practitioner, Matt brings over 25 years of immersion in local church ministry to the table, along with his current experience as lead pastor at Morning Star Friends Church in Chardon, Ohio.

Royce Frazier, PhD Invested over 30 years in teaching, coaching, youth ministry and marriage and family therapy following his graduation from Barclay in 1975. Royce returned to campus in 2007, serving as Director of Online Education and Vice President for Academic Services before assuming his current role as College President in July of 2010.

Adrian Halverstadt, PhD Joined the Barclay faculty as an online professor in the spring of 2008. Since 2010 he developed the MATL-PS program, served as Provost and Chair of the online Bible and Ministry department and is currently Chancellor of the College. Adrian is a recorded Friends pastor with 35 years of pastoral ministry and mission experience. He serves on the Evangelical Friends Mission board and is Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church - Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting.

Dave Kingrey, DMin Joined the Barclay faculty as an adjunct professor in the spring of 2007. He now serves as Director of the MATL-SF. and Professor of Bible & Theology. With over 45 years of pastoral ministry experience, Dave also has the privilege of directing the Church Leadership Institute for Ministry.

Kevin Mortimer, PhD [abd] Joined the Barclay faculty as an adjunct professor in the spring of 2011, and now serves as Missions Professor. With nearly 30 years of pastoral ministry, church planting, and denominational leadership among Friends, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and a deep love for lifelong learning to the Barclay community.

Jim Le Shana, PhD Having served the local church for over 30 years as a pastor at Rose Drive Friends Church, teacher, mobilizer, and administrator, Jim moved from southern California to south central Kansas in the summer of 2012 to assume his current position as VP for Academic Services and Director of the MATL-PS (Professional Studies).

Gene Pickard, DMiss Recently rejoined the Barclay faculty, having previously served as a full-time professor on the Haviland campus during the 1980's and 90's. Gene brings with him an extensive background in cross-cultural mission work, and currently serves as Director of Hispanic Leadership Development for the Evangelical Friends Church Southwest.

Tony Wheeler, PhD Has served as Executive Director of the Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College since 2010. Tony has been a pastor, counselor and public speaker for over 25 years. By God's grace, he has seen many relationships repaired and individuals healed through his counseling ministry and seminars.

David Williams, DMin Is General Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church - Mid America Yearly Meeting and Adjunct Professor of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation. Dave began his tenure at Barclay in the fall of 2000. Having served as a youth and family pastor, senior pastor and campus pastor, Dave brings over 30 years of field experience to his ministry.


Applicants must satisfy the following requirements in order to be accepted into the School of Graduate Studies at Barclay College.

  • Completion of the Barclay College Graduate Application Form
  • Completion of a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor's and/or master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of official college transcripts (sealed and unopened copy)
  • Submission of three references: one academic (college instructor), one professional (co-worker or supervisor), and one personal (friend or acquaintance)
  • Submission of a professional resume
  • Submission of a writing sample of 8 to 12 pages in length
  • Interview with the program director
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores (see www.toefl.org); a minimum score of 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) is required For additional information on the Master of Arts program, contact Dr. Dave Kingrey.


Leadership Scholarship & Endowed Scholarship Loan

The Barclay College School of Graduate Studies works with each individual student to provide practical solutions for tuition costs. To ensure the highest quality of education at the most affordable price, Barclay College goes to great efforts to provide answers for the financial needs of graduate students.

Competitive and Affordable
Barclay College School of Graduate Studies monitors the tuition of graduate programs around the country to ensure its graduate programs are affordable. It is our commitment to our students that we will be the most affordable, private Christian institution, while delivering the highest level of academic rigor in order to ensure the future success of the student.

Two Assistance Programs

Barclay College offers two institutionally supported programs to assist students with tuition costs. They are the Leadership Scholarship and the Leader Payment Plan. Applicants must be enrolled, on a full-time basis, in a program leading to a graduate degree (Masters).

Leadership Scholarship
Any student who applies to the M.A. program concentrations, may also apply for the Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for up to $500 per semester. Students may apply each semester for a total potential scholarship amount of $2,000. Click on Applicationto apply.

Leader Payment Plan
The Payment Plan is offered to students who need additional assistance with tuition costs. This assistance program is ideally suited for students who currently have a regular income but needs help with cash flow. An affordable payment plan with a minimal administrative fee is arranged with each individual student. Contact Ginger Maggard for more details.

Evaluation, Selection and Retention
Successful selection will be confirmed by an award letter. Scholarship and Loan recipients must maintain a full-time student status and a graduate GPA of 3.0 to be eligible.