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M.A. in Leadership


Master of Arts in Leadership


Congratulations to Dr. Dale Meinecke who joined the Cook School of Leadership as the new Director of the Master of Arts in Leadership program.  Dr. Meinecke is no stranger to Dallas Baptist University, so we welcome him home.  He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies in 2015 from DBU and back in the early 2000’s served in different administrative roles as well as the Baptist Student Ministry Director. Over the last five years, Dr. Meinecke has served at Howard Payne University, where he developed extension campuses in New Braunfels and El Paso while also teaching courses in Christian Studies and Leadership.  He and his wife Christy have two daughters, Katie (15) and Claire (11), so we welcome the Meinecke family to DBU!

Program Overview

Leadership in the 21st century requires a broad array of skills and competencies, and Dallas Baptist University’s Master of Arts in Leadership is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to gain these important leadership skills. It is intended to fill a gap in the current pool of master’s level programs available in academia by focusing on the soft skills associated with leadership. The program will provide students with training in areas that have been recognized as important in the eyes of employers (such as communicating a vision, collaborating with diverse groups, building teams, being able to lead change initiatives, exhibiting emotional intelligence, and resolving conflict), as well as giving them a foundation in emerging areas of leadership study (such as cross-cultural and global leadership). In addition, a major goal of the program will be to impart a Christian worldview of leadership and help students learn to ethically and morally apply leadership principles.

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Practical Focus

The MA in Leadership is designed to provide practical skills and knowledge that will help students lead with distinction in real world contexts. Practical aspects of the program include: Leadership Roundtables, On-Site Visits to Organizations, a Mentored Leadership Internship, the “Consulting for a Cause” Program, and an Experiential Learning Trip to Washington, D.C. or Boston, MA.

Gain valuable skills in the following leadership competencies:

  • Become a more emotionally intelligent leader
  • Learn how to lead amidst workplace conflict
  • Enhance your leadership communication skills
  • Develop the ability to lead in cross-cultural teams
  • Understand how to cast a vision and implement change
  • Grow as an ethical leader

Read More About the Practical Experiences which are woven into the Program (PDF)

Read More About What DBU’s MA in Leadership Can Do For Your Company and Career (PDF)

Pair your MA in Leadership with the following Dual Degrees:

Learn from Exceptional Leaders in the Field

Students in the MA in Leadership will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned leaders, including  the following outstanding Christian leaders:


Dr. Adam Wright
President of Dallas Baptist University

Dr. Gary Cook
Chancellor of Dallas Baptist University

Dr. Albert Reyes
President of Buckner International

Dr. David Cook, J.D., Ph.D. 
Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs, DBU

Dr. Dale Meinecke 
Program Director for the Master of Arts in Leadership, DBU


Learn About Leadership Through a Capstone Travel-Study Trip to Washington, D.C.

At DBU, we believe that experiential learning is a powerful tool for developing leaders. Thus, as a part of your learning experience in the MA in Leadership, you will have the opportunity to engage in a transformative travel-study experience in Washington, D.C. This travel-study course will allow you to hear from prominent leaders, visit sites of national significance, learn about historical and contemporary leadership, and be mentored by our outstanding faculty.

Learn more about this year’s Travel-Study experience in Washington, D.C. by Clicking Here. Or, watch the following video: