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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, reproduce themselves. Even healthy families have their challenges. Come join us as we discover how personal health can lead to healthy relationships with our spouses, children, and others in our lives.

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 will help pastors, church staff members, church planters, and other church leaders to grow personally and maintain their own spiritual vitality, while also leading their congregations to greater health and growth.

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 concentration 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 increases as a person is shaped and conformed into the image of Christ. With a distinctive integration of Christian theology, Christian spirituality, and Christian community, any church leader and follower of Christ will be stirred, challenged, and find personal benefit in this concentration.

Transformational Leadership

The Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) integrates the best of the scholarly research on leadership theories with a firm Biblical and theological foundation for effectiveness. This concentration is ideal for anyone who works with other people in a variety of settings, including: corporate, government, non-profit, church ministry, 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 Glenn Leppert.


Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)

Semester Program
Tuition $3,555 $14,220
Fees $300 $1,200
Total $3,855 $15,420

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


Financial Assistance

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 an affordable private Christian institution, while delivering the highest level of academic rigor in order to ensure the future success of the student.

Scholarships, Awards, and Payments Plans

Barclay College offers several institutionally-supported programs to assist students with tuition costs. In each case, applicants must be enrolled on a full-time basis in a program leading to a graduate degree. In relation to scholarships and grants, qualified applicants will only receive one institutional award per semester, but it will always be the one that is the largest that they are eligible to receive.

Graduate Leadership Scholarship: Any student who applies to the M.A. program (regardless of the concentration) may also apply for the Graduate Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship is for up to $500 per semester. Students only need to apply at the time of their initial enrollment, but this award may be granted each semester for a total potential scholarship amount of $2,000.
Click here to apply for the Graduate Leadership Scholarship.

Pastors and Missionaries Award: First-Time Student Grant: The PMA is a grant for someone who enters the Barclay College School of Graduate Studies program for the first time and who currently serves in a vocational role as a pastor or missionary. The intent is to enable pastors and missionaries to begin their graduate education with less of a financial burden. Qualified applicants who obtain this award will receive their first graduate class for “free” as well as the entire fees for their first semester of enrollment (a value of approximately $1,500). This award is given on a limited basis, preferentially (but not exclusively) to those from evangelically-minded Friends churches or missionary endeavors. To receive this award, a candidate should submit their application prior to the start of the semester of their intended initial enrollment. (Note: This award would preempt a Barclay College Alumni Award or ABHE Award in a student’s first semester.)

Barclay College Alumni Award: All Bachelor’s degree recipients from Barclay College are qualified to receive the Barclay College Alumni Award that will pay 100% of the tuition for their first three Bible/Theology classes in the MA program! These classes occur one each semester in their first three semesters of enrollment. This award equals ¼ of the entire tuition costs for the Master’s degree. In order to receive this award, a student must complete successfully the entire semester in which they hope to receive the free class.

ABHE Alumni Award: Barclay College is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We have developed an articulation agreement with some of those schools who also share our accreditation as candidates or fully-accredited members with ABHE. Among other things, alumni with Bachelor’s degrees from those approved institutions are eligible for the same award that we are offering our own BC alumni: 100% of the tuition for their first three Bible/Theology classes in the MA program (if they successfully complete the entire semester in which they take those Bible/Theology classes). The institutions that are currently a part of this agreement include: New Hope Christian College (Eugene, OR) and Kansas City College and Bible School (Overland Park, KS).

Graduate 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 need help with cash flow. An affordable payment plan with a minimal administrative fee is arranged with each individual student. Contact Ginger Maggard (ginger.maggard@barclaycollege.edu) for more information.

Evaluation, Selection and Retention: Recipients of any institutional financial assistance (scholarships and/or payment plans) must maintain a full-time student status at BC and a GPA of 3.0. Students will be notified if they will no longer be eligible for their award(s).

Outside Financial Help

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Click here to go to fill out your FAFSA Students interested in financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine what they are eligible to receive in unsubsidized loans. You can fill out your FAFSA online by clicking the button above. Barclay College school code is 001917.

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Questions? If you have any questions about financial aid or payment plans for our graduate programs, please contact our Director of Financial Aid, Ryan Haase (ryan.haase@barclaycollege.edu).