Master of Arts in Public Leadership
The Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) trains those committed to making a difference in the world through public leadership. MAPL’s four core courses are drawn on the classic disciplines of theology, bible, history, and ethics, but are recast for the sake of leadership in the public realm. Students develop a professional emphasis with either the School of Social Work or the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Along with the coursework — taught by some of the most creative, passionate, and involved scholars in Philadelphia — Public Leadership immerses the student in hands-on experience with people and institutions nearest to the ground.
Social ministry organizations, social service agencies, and advocacy organizations are just a few of the many types of fieldwork sites available in the metropolitan Philadelphia area. The integration of theological and professional disciplines and the immersion in social context provides multi-layered learning, exposure to a wide range of leaders, and cutting-edge training for social ministry leadership, advocacy, and entrepreneurial ministry anywhere theology intersects with business or social work.
LTSP Mission Statement and Expected Learning Outcomes for the MAPL Program
With the above program goals in mind, LTSP expects that graduates of the Masters of Arts in Public Leadership program will have the following Learning Outcomes, which are based upon the LTSP Mission Statement:
Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world.
The MAPL and degree program expects the following learning outcomes from their graduates.
1 Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Demonstrate Christian literacy, across classic theological disciplines: biblical, theological, historical, integrative
- Demonstrate an understanding of Christianity through particular social constructs
- Articulate faith that is accountable to appropriate publics
2 Educating and Forming
- Demonstrate familiarity with appropriate spiritual and ecclesiastical resources
- Form increasingly articulated ministerial and professional identity
- Articulating the cross-section of faith and public life (through a written thesis/project)
3 Developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith
- Demonstrate abilities to utilize appropriate religious and spiritual resources for specific communal goals
- Demonstrate capacity for leadership in appropriate communal contexts
- Demonstrate specific professional skills, appropriate to vocational goals
4 Engaging the world
- Demonstrate abilities to imagine and engage diverse publics in ministry and/or professional vocations within/across various cultural contexts
- Demonstrate to interpret and evaluate particular social contexts theologicall
- Demonstrate ability to integrate global, ecumenical and interfaith realities in analysis and practice, appropriate for vocational goals
LTSP offers day, night, Saturday, intensive, and online courses, making excellent theological education accessible to a wide range of students. Admission is on a rolling basis. Need and merit based financial aid is available.