Master of Arts in Servant Leadership (MASL)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Business and Leadership
Degree Level
College of Business, Leadership, and Ethics

Mission Statement: The Master of Arts in Servant Leadership prepares individuals to engage in faithful, creative, and courageous leadership for the common good.

Program Goals:
1) To grow as persons and leaders
2) To cultivate healthy organizational cultures
3) To advance the common good for communities and society
4) To integrate contemplation and action
5) To foster an empathetic commitment to the dignity of all people




Transfer Credit
Participants may transfer up to nine credits of prior graduate coursework into the MASL program. Credit will only be granted for coursework completed within the last 10 years at a regionally accredited university. Requests to transfer credits must be made in the student’s first semester and accompanied by an official transcript from the institution at which prior credits were earned. To be considered for credit, students must: 1) demonstrate the relevance of the prior coursework to existing MASL program learning outcomes and 2) have earned a B or better in the prior coursework.

MASL students often bring a level of experience and knowledge to academic programs that has been acquired through work, training, or life experiences. For more information on how students may earn graduate credits for prior learning, see the Credit for Prior Learning policy under the Academic Policies and Regulations (Alternative Credit) section of the catalog.

Course Cancellation Policy
In the event that a weekend class must be cancelled due to an event beyond the control of Viterbo University and/or the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program (e.g., weather, faculty illness, etc.), every effort will be made to reschedule the class. The professor will issue a revised syllabus and make-up coursework.


Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a vision of servant leadership as a vocation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key theories, principles, and practices of servant leadership
  • Utilize practical approaches, reflective practices, and skills of servant leadership
  • Analyze organizational and institutional mission, culture, and power dynamics
  • Apply ethical principles and theories in decision-making that contribute to transformational change for the common good
  • Integrate contemplation and work through individual and communal rituals
  • Practice hospitality that demonstrates a reverence for diverse peoples and cultures

Nonprofit leadership emphasis: the above requirements, including six credits from MGMT or SVLD courses approved by MASL program chair. In addition, students pursuing this emphasis must focus their research project on issues related to nonprofit organizations.