Guiding Principles

There is an increasing demand for leaders today with exceptional leadership, vision casting, cultural awareness, spiritual and emotional intelligence, and effective communication and listening skills. The MATL-PS will focus on the human component of leadership by integrating solid leadership credentials and character development with a firm biblical foundation. The Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership with a concentration in Professional Studies (MATL-PS) is a 36 credit hour online graduate degree that is academically designed to develop effective twenty-first century professional leaders for the glory of God. Classes will begin the fall of 2012. The MATL-PS is built on the following core components...

  • Transforming leadership is transcendent. Transformational leaders of faith are called into a variety of fields and professions. It is in the crucible of culture that we fulfill our missional purpose and calling. (Mark 16:15)
  • Transformational leadership is Christ-like. Recent leadership literature has noted the characteristic of humility as a key component of the transformational leader. No leader in history demonstrates this more than Jesus. (Mark 9:35)
  • Transformational leaders model commitment to the organization. Valuing of colleagues is a pivotal mark of the transformational leader. (Luke 10:27)
  • Transformational leaders transform. Transformational leadership is a relationship by which leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation. (I Thessalonians 5:11)


Students who complete the MATL-PS will be able to...

  • Practice intentional character development
  • Understand and demonstrate team building skills and designs
  • Engage in an academically rigorous study of the leadership research and literature
  • Recognize the impact transformational leadership principles upon culture and the people they serve
  • Develop a greater appreciation for the value of Christian community
  • Articulate a biblical perspective of current leadership models
  • Contrast and compare contemporary leadership practice and theory
  • Demonstrate Christ-centered leadership in the public square as well as the local church


In the 1970's James McGregor Burns hypothesized that leadership is the key to organizational renewal and global transformation and developed an effective leadership model for the twenty-first century. The transformational model motivates followers beyond expectations and exhibits characteristics of charisma, inspiration, intellectual stimulation, individual consideration for followers, and motivation (Bass 1985). In developing his transformational leadership model, Burns (1978) referenced Jesus Christ and "His miraculous transforming leadership" (p. 243), as well as Moses, Martin Luther and other key leaders of faith who helped shape history.

With its intentional integration of the rich history of Quaker leaders who have transformed culture, Barclay College has positioned the MATL-PS as a rich blend of theory, history, faith, and personal development. The Christian scholar community is the very fabric of Barclay College and the MATL-PS presents this unique blend as a crucible for both personal learning and growth. The program is distinctive in the world of Christian higher education and is uniquely different from programs being offered by a Friends-related college, with courses taught by a predominantly Friends (Quaker) faculty. All of these elements contribute to create a distinctively professional program with uncommon value and appeal.

The MATL-PS is designed to meet the exceptional needs of nontraditional adult students. Students can access assignments at times that fit with their demanding schedules. Yet, the asynchronous nature of the program does not compromise the scholarly rigor of graduate educational models. Students will find a challenging scholar community that values faith and vision. The MATL-PS is flexible, personal, and practical. Other characteristics of the program include...

  • A balanced concentration of theory, theology, and research designed to create professional leaders of transformation throughout the world.
  • Christ centered and biblically based
  • Fully accredited
  • Affordable: $375 per credit hour. Total cost for the program is under $14,000
  • Approved for financial aid
  • Multi-vocational in perspective and designed for anyone with a bachelor's degree who desires to be a transformational leader in the twenty-first century.
  • Convenient: Asynchronous online classes
  • Concentrated, four semesters, 21 months.
  • Non-thesis
  • Fully online (no residency required)
  • Personal (instructors are available for one-on-one consultation)

What are the Benefits of Earning the MA with a Concentration in Transformational Leadership Theory?

(copied from Biola University) 75% were promoted after earning a graduate degree in transformational leadership 69% expanded their professional networks 65% experienced increased responsibilities at work 30% received a pay increase after completing the program For additional information, contact Dr. Jim Le Shana, MATL-PS Director at or call 800-862-0226.

Graduate School Catalog (2011-2013)

Course Schedule

Total: 36 semester hours


TLPS 501 Orientation

Module 1: Introduction

TLPS 511 Introduction to Transformational Leadership Theory (3)
TLPS 512 Theological Perspectives on Transformational Leadership (3)
TLPS 513 Lab - Research Methods (3)

Module 2: Investigation

TLPS 521 An Examination of Transformational Leadership Theory (3)
TLPS 522 Forging a Theological Leadership Model for the 21st Century (3)
TLPS 523 Lab - Research Proposal (3)

Module 3: Identification

TLPS 531 Comparing Contemporary Leadership Models with Transformational Leadership Theory (3)
TLPS 532 Theological Leadership in Strategy and Practice (3)
TLPS 533 Lab- Research Outline (3)

Module 4: Infusion

TLPS 541 Strategic Leadership - The Professional Application of Transformational Leadership Theory (3)
TLPS 542 Leading in Community - Applying Theological Principles of Transformation to Self, Community, and Culture (3)
TLPS 543 Lab - Capstone Draft (3)

Course Descriptions


TLPS 501: Orientation PS501 is a one week class designed to introduce students to classmates, course instructors, the mechanics of the online portal and discussion forum, and the academic rigors of the program.

Module 1: Introduction (9 hours)

TLPS 511: Introduction to Transformational Leadership Theory (3) In PS-511 students will be introduced to the field of transformational leadership theory. A concentration will be given to the history of transformational leadership theory noting the key personalities who contributed to the theory, the main characteristics of the theory, and the common application of the theory used in both religious and secular vocations and organizations since the 1970's. Students will also explore the need for the revitalization of leadership and where leadership is headed in the future for effective Christian life service and leadership in the twenty-first century.

TLPS 512: Theological Perspectives on Transformational Leadership (3) In PS-512 students are introduced to the missional, relational and Incarnational (MRI) model of leadership. Emphasis will be given to discovering the biblical foundation and historical roots of MRI. Focus will be given to exploring research data and literature noting how MRI is shaping the leadership of Christian today.

TLPS 513: Lab - Research Methods (3) PS513 is an introduction to the practical research methods commonly used in a graduate Capstone project or thesis. The course culminates with students proposing research ideas for their Capstone project and conducting focused research from PS-511 and PS-512.

Module 2: Investigation (9 hours)

TLPS 521: An Examination of Transformational Leadership Theory (3)

Course Description: PS521 is designed to be a detailed investigation of the main concepts and components of the transformational leadership theory. In addition, students will begin investigating and critiquing how transformational leadership theory has impacted their profession and noting where additional contribution is needed.

TLPS 522: Forging a Theological Leadership Model for the 21st Century (3) In PS522 students will investigate the transformational leadership models of two key biblical personalities: Jesus Christ and Moses. Emphasis will be given to identifying the connecting points that exist between the missional, relational and incarnational model with transformational leadership theory. In additional, students will identify the biblical connecting points with the five main characteristics of transformational leadership theory as modeled through the leadership of Jesus Christ and Moses.

TLPS 523: Lab - Research Proposal (3) In PS523 students will formally identify their Capstone project, submit a list of key words and phrases to be use in research, and conduct an investigation of research data and literature related to their Capstone proposal and content presented in PS-521 and PS-522.

Module 3: Identification (9 hours)

TLPS 531: Comparing Contemporary Leadership Models with Transformational Leadership Theory (3) PS531 identifies contemporary leadership models and critiques them with transformational leadership theory. A concentration will be given to understanding the importance of the leader's personal awareness and leadership IQ. Students will identify the transformational principles necessary for personal growth and cultural transformation. Topics like followership, impact in leadership, fostering a shared culture of a common vision, mission, and values among others in the organization will be identified. In addition, students will examine and assess their leadership qualities by taking the "Leading From Your Strengths Assessment" questionnaire.

TLPS 532: Theological Leadership in Strategy and Practice (3) PS532 focuses on identifying and responding to the challenges facing contemporary Christian leaders today. Students will identify and critique the leadership styles of Biblical personalities from both the Old and New Testament including the 12 people Jesus Christ chose for His leadership team. Attention will be given to identifying the five common characteristics, the common practices, and ten commandments of transformational leadership with the life and leadership model of Jesus Christ. The course culminates with the students outlining their theology of leadership and assessing their ability to motivate others by taking the Motivating By Appreciation (MBA) Inventory.

TLPS 533: Lab- Research Outline (3) PS533 is designed to give students structure to their Capstone project through the continuation of focused research germane to their Capstone project and class material presented in PS-531 and PS-532. The data students identify will culminate in the creation of an introductory paragraph, detailed outline, and bibliography to be used in their Capstone project.

Module 4: Infusion (9 hours)

TLPS 541: Strategic Leadership - The Professional Application of Transformational Leadership Theory (3) In PS541 students examine behavioral models and the operating strategies needed to infuse transformational leadership theory into followers and organizations. Focus will be given to the strategy of infusing the specific elements of transformational leadership theory necessary for cultural transformation. In addition, students will explore how to infuse excellence, collaboration, conscious awareness, consequences, need assessment, follower empowerment through situational leadership, and shared decision making into followers and organizations.

TLPS 542: Leading in Community - Applying Theological Principles of Transformation to Self, Community, and Culture (3) In PS542 students will define and examine the relational strategy Jesus Christ used to infuse and transform the culture of His day. Students will give focused attention to the Royal Law of Christ and His mandate to infuse culture. In addition students will discover the five major transformational calls of God located in scripture designed to address the world's most critical problems.

TLPS 543: Lab - Capstone Draft (3) In PS543 students will conduct focused research germane to PS-541 and PS-542 and their Capstone project. The course will culminate with students presenting a final draft and give an oral defense of their Capstone project demonstrating the acquisition of scholarship, critical thinking, creativity and written communication skills.


Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)

  Semester Program
Tuition $3,375 $13,500
Fees $200 $800
Total $3,575 $14,300

NOTE: These figures do not include variable expenses, such as books and supplies. The College reserves the right to adjust tuition and fee schedules from year to year as necessary.

Financial Aid

Low-interest loans and payment loans are available for eligible students. Additional funding sources may be available through local churches, denominations, and other Christian organizations. Students are encouraged to explore and all possibilities. Contact Ryan Haase for more details.


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; a minimum score of 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) is required For additional information on the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, contact Dr. Jim Le Shana, MATL-PS Director.


Leader 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.

Three Assistance Programs

Barclay College offers three institutionally supported programs to assist students with tuition costs. They are the Leader Scholarship, the Leader Endowed Loan and the Leader Payment Plan. Applicants must be enrolled, on a full-time basis, in a program leading to a graduate degree (Masters).
Leader Scholarship
Any student who applies to either of the MATL programs (SF or PS), may also apply for the Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for up to $1,000 per semester. Students may apply each semester for a total potential scholarship amount of $4,000. Click on Application to apply.
Leader Endowed Loan
The Endowed Loan is offered to students who need additional assistance with tuition costs. This assistance program is ideally suited for students who do not currently have a regular income. An affordable repayment plan at a competitive interest rate is arranged with each individual student. Loan repayment will not exceed four (4) years. Contact Ryan Haase for more details.
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 Ryan Haase 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.