MA (Leadership) – Online Programme

Program Description

  1. Purpose

The MA in Leadership will prepare leaders for success in their current or future roles as leaders in church, parachurch, corporate, marketplace, NGOs, non-profit, etc.,  by providing significant learning environments, processes and practice for the formation of identity, knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavioral patterns required for Christ centered and Christ like leadership in an increasingly complex and changing global context. This will augment the already available education opportunities in Management topics with Bible based leadership principles. This will be a program in line with the missional purpose of SAIACS and will help to take  the “Church to the Marketplace”

  1. Entry Requirements
    1. An applicant must possess a University degree or equivalent with at least a second class (50% ) or equivalent CGPA.
    2. Applicants with experience will be given preference
    3. Applicants having recognized MBA degrees will be given credit exemptions on relevant modules in Management topics
    4. Applicants with MA or higher qualifications in Theology approved by ATA or Serampore or other accrediting agencies, recognized by SAIACS, will be given credit exemptions on relevant modules in Theology Topics.
    5. Applicants with lower qualification, having an experience of more than 5 years and a proven proficiency in English can also be admitted based on case to case basis.
    6. Entry of candidates without Graduate degree will be limited to 10% of the total intake in any given academic year.
  1. Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on the qualifications, experience and a 1500 word essay required to be submitted by the applicant as to why he/she wants to pursue this course. All candidates will have to go through the standard selection process of SAIACS including English Language tests, Bible knowledge tests and Interview.
  1. Modular Cum Trimester system: The program will be offered in cohort based online modules. Each module will run for three months’ period (trimester). The modules will be structured into six units each unit running for two weeks period. At any point in time, there will be minimum of three modules on offer. There will be more than three modules on offer if the modules are from the elective category. The module workload amounts to about 7½ hours per week. A student will have the option of choosing up to a maximum of three modules during any three-month period. This is to provide flexibility to the candidates who are working and/or in ministry. The program duration is designed in such a way that when a student is able to complete three modules in every trimester, he/she will be able to complete the course requirements in two year time frame. However if the student completes the bare minimum of one module in each trimester, he/she will be able to complete the course requirements in six years’ time frame.
  1. Program Requirements 

Topic Group

No of Modules (each of 4 credits)

Total Credits

Comments

MA Core

5

20

(each module expects 8¾ hrs work/week)

CBL/ Mentored  Ministry in Church/ workplace

1

3

Runs in parallel with the online modules over a period of 12 months

Leadership Core

5

20

(each module expects 7 ½ hrs work/week)

CBL/ Mentored Ministry in Leadership

1

3

Runs in parallel with the online modules over a period of 12 months

Management Core

4

16

(each module expects 7 ½ hrs work/week)

Electives

4

16

(each module expects 7 ½ hrs work/week)

Work Embedded Project

NA

8

Can be completed during the trimester breaks (If taking three modules per trimester)  or in parallel with modules running in case of less than three modules per trimester)

Total

18 Modules + 2 CBL + Project

86

 
  1. Time limitation: The minimum time required for completion will be two academic years (22 months). However, the applicants will have the option of completing the entire course within a maximum timeframe of 6 years.
    1. Two year version

Year

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Year 1

Orientation and Research& Writing Skills (two weeks)

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

CBL I

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

CBL I

Break

Module 7

Module 8

Module 9

CBL I submission

Project Proposal & Project Work

Year 2

 

Module 10

Module 11

Module 12

CBL II

Module 13

Module 14

Module 15

CBL II

Project Report Submission

Module 16

Module 17

Module 18

CBLII submission

Graduates along with Residential Students in March

        2. Six Year Version

Year

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Year 1

Orientation and Research& Writing Skills (two weeks)

Module 1

Module 2

Break

Module 3

CBL I Initiation

Break

Year 2

 

Module 4

Module 5

Break

Module 6

Break

Year 3

 

Module 7

Module 8

Break

Module 9

CBL I submission

Project Proposal & Project Work

Year 4

 

Module 10

Module 11

Break

Module 12

CBL II Initiation

Project Work

Year 5

 

Module 13

Module 14

Break

Module 15

Project Report Submission

Year 6

 

Module 16

Module 17

Break

Module 18

CBLII submission

Graduates along with Residential Students in March

  1. Accreditation: It is proposed to have accreditation by ATA as well as associations by a UGC approved University. 
  1. Additional Options for Students: Considering the fact the target audience is working professionals or people in active ministry, we will offer Post Graduate Certificate for students who complete certain specific modules. These PG certificates will be offered in specific topics to provide significance to the students based on their passion. The PG Certificates will be awarded by SAIACS. 
  1. Module Breakup

Following is the breakup of the hours required for completion of a typical academic module 

Learning Mode

Hours per Fortnight of two weeks (Each module is 6 units, each unit spreads over 2 weeks, totaling 12 weeks)

Total Hours per Module (6 units 12 weeks, total 4 credits)

Video Lessons

20 minutes

2

Reading Material (400 pages)

4.5 Hours

27

Online Discussion Forum (3×100 word postings per unit of two weeks)

2 hours

12

Assignment (1000 words per unit of two weeks)

8 hours

49

Work-embedded activity

(The work Embedded Hours will be replaced by additional reading and/or assignment work for MA Core Topics)

2.6 hours (10 hrs gross)

15

Total

17.5 Hours

105 Hours

Total for the course of 18 Modules/ 72 credits

1890 Hours

Hours for 2 CBL activities @ 110 hours (three credits) per CBL

220 Hours

Hours for Project work 8 Credits Field work 200 hrs (800 hrs gross) + 45 hrs Reading + 60 hrs Writing (8000 words)

300 hours

Grand Total for the Masters Degree (86 Credits)

2410 Hours

  1. Structured Hours for Academic Credit

Classroom, Classroom + Directed Learning Activities (DLA), and Online Courses

 

In order to maintain a uniform standard of requirements for all SAIACS courses, the faculty has approved the following formulae in calculating the 105 hours of student work required by our accreditors in a 4-unit course.           

Assignment

Quantity of activity

Counted as

Notes

Reading (MA academic)

15 pages

1 hour

 

Reading (popular)

20 pages

1 hour

 

Research writing

1 page (250 words)

2–3 hours

Includes research, exegetical work, multiple drafts and bibliographic work

Non-research writing

1 page (250 words)

1–2 hours

Reflection papers, blogging, forum posts, etc.

Exams

1 hour of

5 hours

Includes preparation

Fieldtrip/fieldwork

1 hour of

1 hour

Must account for travel time

Group work

1 hour of

1 hour

Projects, discussion, etc.

Interviews

1 hour of

3 hours

Includes preparation and transcription

Movies

1 hour of

1 hour

 

Oral report

1 minute of

½ hour

Includes preparation

Sermon

1 sermon

30 hours

Includes preparation

Spiritual practices

1 hour of

1 hour

 

Work embedded activity

4 hours of

1 hour

Must be related to assignment tasks/outcomes done in non-work embedded time

  1. Integrated MA Program Curriculum 
  1. Pre-MA Non-Credit Course (two weeks only)
    1. Online Orientation and Research & Writing Skills
  2. MA Core ( 20 credits)
    1. Intro to OT
    2. Intro to NT
    3. Vocation of Ministry
    4. Biblical Theology
    5. Faith in a Multi-Religious Context 
  1. CBL/ Mentored Ministry in Church/ Workplace (Runs in parallel with other online modules for a period of 9 months). The student is required to submit a 3000-word reflection paper at the end of CBL : 3 Credits 
  1. Leadership Core (20 Credits)
    1. Leadership Theories and Concepts (Includes Leadership through Church History)
    2. Ethical Leadership (Integrity of a Leader)
    3. Servant Leadership
    4. Leading with Strategy and Innovation
    5. REAL Leadership (Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, Lifelong) 
  1. CBL/ Mentored Ministry in Leadership (Runs in parallel with other online modules for 9 months) The student is required to submit a 3000-word reflection paper at the end of CBL: 3 Credits 
  1. Management Core (16 Credits)
    1. Financial Management
    2. Human Capital Management
    3. Organisation Design
    4. Business Ethics and Corporate Governance 
  1. Electives ( 16 Credits, Any four) (All electives will not be on offer at all times. An elective will be offered only if there is a minimum specified cohort size available for that elective)
    1. Biblical Interpretation
    2. Introduction to Hinduism
    3. Leading Groups and Organisations
    4. Theology and Practice of Funds Mobilization
    5. Management of NonProfit Organisations (Legal environment, accounting, social issues)
    6. Time management, Prioritization and Delegation
    7. Personalities, Diversity and Conflict Management 
  1. Project work (8 credits): Will be done at the workplace or in campus at SAIACS, based on the preference of the student. In case the student chooses in campus project, residence status inside campus is not guaranteed and will depend on availability. If residence is not available, then the student will need to make own arrangements for accommodation during the in campus project work. Workplace projects are preferred.

 The Project work should mandatorily include

  1. Identification of a workplace or organizational issue or area of improvement
  2. Analysis of the issue or opportunity, based on biblical principles
  3. Solutions proposed based on biblical principles, with intended impacts and results

It will be great if the solution can be applied in the organization and the results of applications can be reported (not mandatory)

The project work will be supervised by one faculty from SAIACS and a workplace supervisor, or a local supervisor co-located with the student. In case the student choose in-campus project, only a SAIACS faculty supervision is sufficient.

The student should submit a 12000 word Project report at the end of the project. 

  1. PG Certificate Programs Curriculum

PG certificates will be offered on completion of 24 credits in the following combinations

  1. PG Certificate in Ethical Leadership
    1. MA Core topics
      1. Intro to OT OR Intro to NT
      2. Biblical Theology or Vocation of Ministry
    2. Leadership Core subjects
      1. Leadership Theories and Concepts
      2. Ethical Leadership
    3. Any two modules from the Management core and/or Electives electives
  1. PG Certificate in Servant Leadership
    1. MA Core topics
      1. Intro to OT or Intro to NT
      2. Biblical Theology or Vocation of Ministry
    2. Leadership Core
      1. Leadership Theories and Concepts
      2. Servant Leadership
    3. Any two modules from Management Core and/or Electives 
  1. PG Certificate in Leading with Strategy and Innovation
    1. MA Core topics
      1. Intro to OT Or Intro to NT
      2. Biblical Theology or Faith in a Multi-religious context
    2. Leadership Core
      1. Leadership Theories and Concepts
      2. Leading with Strategy and Innovation
    3. Any two modules from the Management Core and/or Electives 
  1. PG Certificate in NGO Management
    1. MA Core Topics
      1. Intro to OT or Intro to NT or Biblical Theology
    2. Management Core
      1. Financial Management
    3. Electives
      1. Management of Non-Profit Organisations
      2. Theology and Practice of Funds Mobilisation
    4. Any two modules from Management Core, Leadership core or Electives