School of Ministry / Master’s Program

Wheaton College

Wheaton College Graduate School is partnering with Grace Leadership Institute to offer a master’s degree in Ministry Leadership for pastors and ministry leaders. Wheaton College is an evangelical liberal arts college and graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois. It was founded by evangelical abolitionists in 1860. Wheaton College was a stop on the Underground Railroad and graduated one of Illinois’ first black college graduates.

Wheaton College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Ministry Leadership (M.A)

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership is a program designed for those with a desire to deepen their faith and raise their level of leadership while collaborating with others. Through this program, you will add a new dimension to your ministry as you learn from practitioners, church builders, and ministers who have worked in both small and large community church contexts.

The core of the M.A. in Ministry Leadership curriculum focuses on three competency areas: Bible & theology, mission, and leadership. In this modular program of online and in-person courses, you will network and work alongside like-minded students in your cohort, and you will be empowered to infuse classroom knowledge and insights back into your ministry team. Thanks to the flexible learning format, you can do all this while continuing in ministry leadership. This degree can be earned in three years.

Grace Leadership Institute students in the program will be in a cohort together. A cohort is a group of 15 or more who go through the curriculum in lockstep, taking each course together. Students in a cohort receive a 25% discount on tuition.


  • Our program occurs in cohorts of 15 students who progress through the program in lockstep.
  • Courses are hybrid – both live and online
  • Faculty teach in-person intensive sessions once or twice per semester on a weekend
  • Cohorts start every Fall semester
  • Full cohort ensures 25% discount on tuition costs

Application Process

To learn more about the Ministry leadership  Masters Program and View the course schedule or enrollment requirements click “Learn More” below.

To talk with someone and ask questions about our cohort, click “Ask Questions” below

To join our cohort, click “Apply Now” below and indicate Grace Leadership institute in your enrollment process with Wheaton College.


How much does it cost?

With 15 students in the cohort, the 2022-2023 tuition will be discounted to $585/credit ($2,340 per 4-credit course).

How many credits make up the M.A. in Ministry Leadership?

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership is 42 credit hours in length. The degree is comprised of ten 4-credit courses and one 2-credit course.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The degree can be completed in three years by taking one course per semester.

When does the M.A. in Ministry Leadership program start?

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership starts January 2023

Are classes in-person or online?

Courses are delivered with a combination of in-person sessions at Grace Leadership Institute in Erie, PA, and online. Courses include 1-2 weekend intensive classes per semester, with the remainder of the semester occurring online. Courses are taught by Wheaton College faculty.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the program curriculum, admissions, and financial aid?
  • Please contact Heather Matthews ( for questions regarding the M.A. in Leadership curriculum and structure.
  • Please contact Ashley Condra in Wheaton’s Graduate Admissions office( with questions about your application status.
  • Please contact Student Financial Services ( with questions regarding tuition and financial aid.