Graduate Degrees

GRADUATE DEGREES

The University of Valley Forge offers graduate programs for those desiring to engage in the academic pursuits of higher education from a distinctively Pentecostal perspective. There is a vital need to broaden the spectrum of scholarship and research for writing, communicating, and impacting a needy world. The graduate programs offer a unique opportunity and delivery method to help adult students reach their life goals. Program details are provided below.

Current graduate academic offerings include master’s degree programs in Theology, Digital Media, Worship Studies, Music Technology, Christian Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Our online format provides maximum convenience to provide a balance of flexibility with a personal educational experience.

 

To be eligible to apply for our graduate program, you must have achieved a four-year undergraduate college degree.

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Master's Degrees

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is designed to increase the student’s theological and biblical understanding and skill sets in leadership, as well as their effectiveness in working with churches and organizations. This degree will expose students to current research and dynamics involved in effective Christian leadership. The program also explores the health of the leader, development of different models of leadership, and the need to accurately analyze various cultures and leadership models.

The Master of Arts in Theology provides a well-rounded exposure and updating of one’s knowledge and application of theological concepts. The degree is designed to enrich anyone actively involved in Christian ministry and equip the student to respond to a culture asking hard questions. As a result of this program, the student will be able to respond more effectively and offer a deeper ministry context.

The Master of Arts in Worship Studies is designed for worship leaders, music pastors, church musicians, lead and associate pastors, missionaries, and laypersons interested in pursuing graduate studies in worship. This program focuses on unchanging biblical truth as the basis for assessing the appropriateness and usefulness of innovations and traditions in worship, along with an emphasis on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in private and public worship.

The Master of Arts in Digital Media is designed for communications professionals. This program will teach a solid foundation and the latest implementations needed to stay ahead in the fast-paced world of digital media communications. Research, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of current and trending topics, texts, and human interaction with digital media will help students advance their critical thinking skills.

The Master of Music in Music Technology builds on the foundation of an undergraduate music degree by offering three tracks: Education, Composition, and Production. Each track is designed to equip graduate students with hardware and software technologies used in the field of music today. This program emphasizes musical and technical skills needed by creative artists and communicators, along with current research and technology. Educators, composers, practicing performers, and worship leaders alike will benefit from the training this degree provides.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed for individuals seeking to grow as leaders and further develop their leadership skills. It is a versatile alternative to the traditional MBA that focuses on emotional intelligence, leading with Christian values and ethics, team building, organizational psychology, strategic thinking, and much more. Whether as an employee in a public organization or a leader of a ministry or non-profit organization, the Organizational Leadership program at the University of Valley Forge will provide students with the necessary tools to effectively lead organizations and meet the challenges leaders face from a biblical perspective.

Non-Matriculating Students

Non-matriculating students may take the first two courses in the Graduate Studies Program without making a full application to the program. However, they do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid.

 

The non-matriculating student must meet the first three admissions requirements. If after the first two courses you wish to move on in the program, you must make a full application. If you achieve an A or B in the first two courses, you may substitute this for the portfolio requirement. The other admissions documents will be required as stated above.

Cross-Cultural Experiences

One of the distinguishing aspects of the Christian Leadership and Theology Masters degrees at UVF is the requirement to function and study cross-culturally through global experiences.

 

  • Students will complete two of the experiences as part of their graduate education.
  • Theology students will focus on theological issues in cross-cultural settings while Christian Leadership students will focus on leadership issues in cross-cultural settings.
  • The cross-cultural experiences provide a life-impacting exposure to study other cultures.
  • The trips are designed to occur in other countries and within cross-cultural settings in the United States. Students will select national or international cross-cultural experiences in which to participate. All sites must be approved by the program director.
  • The expectation is that all trips will last for a minimum of 7-10 days with pre- and post-class work required.
  • For students unable to travel outside of the country, the program can be tailored to allow settings in which the trips can function within Metropolitan communities or other cross-cultural venues.

Our Admissions staff is dedicated to assuring your success at UVF. They’re experienced in helping you through the application process and can direct you to sources of financial aid to ensure life at UVF is affordable, academically rewarding, and life-changing. Our goal is to minimize worries and help facilitate the application process. Questions? Contact us at 800.432.8322 or uvfonline@valleyforge.edu.