London - 27 May 2015 - Continuing its tradition of providing access to quality theological education, the University of Roehampton, London announced today the addition of an online Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership to its Department of Humanities. This programme was created to help meet the demand for leaders of faith-based organisations and other organisations in regions around the world with growing Christian populations who wish to develop their skills and improve their effectiveness in order to transform their communities.
The new MA in Theology and Leadership programme was designed to provide administrative, management and research skills to individuals with a background, occupation, orientation or interest in Christian theology and religion to aid personal, career and organisational growth. Open to working professionals of all faiths, backgrounds and traditions, students interested in the programme may be working as clergy and laypeople in churches, non-profit or nongovernmental organisations, hospitals, educational institutions or charities.
“The genesis of this interdisciplinary programme is in the need for clergy and laity to cultivate theologically informed leadership, management and practice so they can operate and excel in faith-based organisations to address complex issues in the contemporary world,” said Dr Julian Gotobed, lecturer in ministerial theology at the University of Roehampton, London. “The online MA in Theology and Leadership aims to develop leaders capable of approaching, analysing and thinking strategically about issues confronting Christian ministry and mission today.”
Blending theological insights, management and analytical reflection, students will study innovative programme content that utilises the University’s expertise in Christian education. They will also have the opportunity to gain the practical skills and knowledge required to lead sustainable and mission-focused organisations by reflecting theologically on management issues that faith-based and religious-affiliated organisations encounter across cultures and countries.
With students and faculty located in a wide range of countries, the online format provides the opportunity to gain a global perspective as well as to access international expertise from a diverse range of disciplines in order to be effective in the field. An undergraduate degree in theology or religious studies is not required for admission to the programme. Roehampton Online also recognises relevant professional experience in place of a bachelors degree as an alternative route to admission.
The MA in Theology and Leadership programme joins a growing portfolio of online masters degrees at Roehampton in areas of study including business and management, education, psychology, public administration and public health. Through these programmes, adult learners around the world can gain the critical thinking skills and practical knowledge they need to expand their expertise and advance their careers. In a collaborative online environment that fosters learning, students engage with a diverse global community through blogs, message boards and chat groups.
For more information on the University of Roehampton’s online masters programmes, please visit www.roehampton-online.com/programmes.
About the University of Roehampton, London Online
The University of Roehampton, London, has been providing quality education through its colleges for more than 170 years. The University has one of the most diverse communities of students in the UK and maintains a strong tradition of commitment to equality. Today, it continues this tradition of excellence by providing working professionals around the world with access to high-quality online masters degree programmes at an affordable price.
The University of Roehampton, London Online connects a diverse community of adult learners through an engaging online learning experience. The University’s programmes are designed to enrich students’ knowledge and help them develop practical skills that can be applied in their jobs immediately and promote career advancement. For information about Roehampton’s online programmes, visit www.roehampton-online.com. These programmes are delivered in partnership with online learning expert, Laureate Online Education, which is an affiliate of the member institutions of the Laureate International Universities global network that includes high-quality, innovative, accredited institutions of higher education. For more information, visit www.laureate.net.