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Online M.A. in Leadership and Innovation


Confidence, creativity and innovation — these are a few of the most sought-after traits in leaders today, and you’ll learn to cultivate these and more through the M.A. in Leadership and Innovation program at the Crowell School of Business. This fully online master’s degree will teach you to elevate your influence in professional and personal settings to help you reach that next level of leadership. You’ll do an in-depth dive into Scripture on God’s purpose and vision for leaders, and you will learn how you can fulfill your kingdom calling to impact your workplace and communities.

The M.A. in Leadership and Innovation program will prepare you to be a creative, driven and influential leader in the workplace today. Here are some advantages of pursuing your degree at the Crowell School of Business:

  • Leadership and Innovation With Biblical Integration. While other business schools offer leadership programs, Biola is unique in that it combines both leadership and innovation from a biblical perspective. You will learn to creatively innovate, cultivate engagement, foster learning and lead with humility and servanthood — all skills to advance the kingdom of Christ.
  • Direct Classroom to Workplace Application. Every class provides an opportunity to develop as a leader and an innovator. The program is structured to be practitioner-focused and application-based, allowing students to be equipped with tools that can be directly and immediately applied within their workplace.
  • Flexible Program Format for Working Professionals. This fully online degree was structured with working professionals in mind. Students can study either as a part-time student (6 credits per trimester) or as a full-time student (9 credits per trimester). Students studying in our year-round trimester program complete degrees in as little as 16 months.
  • Experienced and Caring Faculty Members. At Crowell, the faculty members are more than just lecturers — they are also coaches and mentors. With faculty including Dr. Jeff McHugh, Jake Aguas and Helen Mitchell, you will be led by business veterans to foster your learning experience and build your network.
  • Crowell’s Mentor Program. As a leadership and innovation student, you will be paired with a successful Christian businessperson who will provide personal, one-on-one mentoring and executive coaching throughout the program. Our mentors are committed and growing Christians who believe in Crowell’s vision of “business as ministry.”

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What will I study as a Master of Arts in Leadership and Innovation student?

The program consists of specialized courses in leadership and innovation, in addition to MBA courses and a capstone experience. Core graduate courses include:

  • The Innovative Leader
  • Theology of Leadership
  • Sources of Innovation
  • Capstone for Leadership and Innovation
  • Organizational Change and Leadership

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Master of Arts in Leadership and Innovation?

Earning your degree in the M.A. in Leadership and Innovation degree will broaden your creativity and innovation, and elevate your leadership proficiencies. Common career options include professions such as:

  • Strategic planner
  • Management consultant
  • Production manager
  • City manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Business leader

10% job growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.

Admissions & Deadlines

As a Christian institution, Biola seeks to admit applicants whose backgrounds clearly demonstrate scholarly aptitude, a commitment to the historic Christian faith, personal character and integrity, and a positive service-oriented motivation toward their field of study. Biola does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, socio-economic status, disability, or national or ethnic origin.

Education and GPA Requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree (business administration or other field) from an accredited institution by the time you plan to start coursework at Biola, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Note: If you do not meet the degree or GPA requirements above, you may still be considered for admission. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions office at If you are an international student, contact

Professional Experience

  • The program will be targeted to and preference will be given to those with at least three years of work experience after graduation when admitted to the program.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. See “English Proficiency” in the application steps section below.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Early Action: June 1
    • General: July 1
    • International Students: June 1
  • Spring Semester
    • General: December 1
    • International Students: December 1

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If you have more questions about the program, admissions process or Biola in general, schedule a phone call or send an email to your admissions counselor.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

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Text or Call: (562) 393-7639
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International Graduate Admissions Counselor

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Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application

  2. Submit a non-refundable $65 application fee

  3. Submit supplemental application materials through your online application portal:

  4. Official Transcripts

    • Submit all official transcripts from previous academic institutions.
      • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      • If enrolled at the time the application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study.
      • Transcripts will be considered official only when a) mailed directly from the institution to Biola, b) sent electronically through an approved vendor or c) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.
        • Mail transcripts to:
          Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions
          13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639
    • Note for International Students: All international transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted (i.e. GPA on a 4.0 scale). If your transcripts do not show U.S. grade equivalencies, you must have them evaluated by a credential evaluation agency like SpanTran (Biola Discount), World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services (FIS). Be sure to choose "course by course report" and have SpanTran/WES/FIS send them directly to Biola University via online portal or post (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official.


    • A copy of your professional resume

    Two Reference Letters

    • Current pastor or church leader reference
    • Academic or character reference
    • Note: Additional instructions can be found in the online application.

    Two Essays

    • Christian testimony
      • Prompt: Submit a 1-2 page essay explaining in your own words: 1) the circumstances surrounding your decision to become a follower of Christ, 2) the scriptural basis for your salvation, 3) your contribution to a local church community, and 4) a description of how you display attributes of a mature Christian.
    • Vocational objectives
      • Prompt: Provide a statement (no more than two pages) addressing your qualifications for acceptance to the Master of Arts in Leadership & Innovation program (leadership potential, creative abilities, motivational aptitude) and your career goals, include a description of how participation in the Master of Arts in Leadership & Innovation program will contribute to your growth and development toward those goals.

    English Proficiency (required for non-native English speakers)

    • Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown through one of the methods described below:
      • Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
        • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
        • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
        • Duolingo: minimum score of 125
      • A degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction.
        • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
        • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
        • Official catalog verification
        • Note: For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
      • Completion of the English Language Scholars (ELS) with passing status on the ELS's final exit exam, which must be approved by the ELS Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
      • Qualify for English Language Scholars (ELS), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking academic English courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses. 
        • Students eligible for ELS will be assessed by the ELS Director to determine the total number of academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for ELS: TOEFL iBT 90 / IELTS 7.0 / Duolingo 110–124.
        • Note: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for ELS.
  5. Interview with a faculty member

    • After your application and supplemental application requirements are submitted and approved, you will be scheduled to have an interview with a faculty member.


    Things to Note

    • Track your application status at any time. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time. Your information will be saved. When you apply, to guarantee confidentiality, you will be asked to create a user name and a password, and will receive a personalized identification number. Track your application status by logging in to the online application.
    • Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Biola is committed to help make your studies affordable — each school offers different scholarship, grant and loan opportunities to help finance your education.

Cost Per Credit (2024‑25) $837
Full-time Tuition Per Term (Estimated) Based on 6 credit courseload$5,022
Part-time Tuition Per Term (Estimated) Based on 3 credit courseload$2,511
Total Program Tuition (Estimated) Based on total program credits and 2024‑25 cost per credit$30,132
Theology Coursework (Per Credit) $704
Intensive Weekend Fee $250
Program Fee Per term$40
Parking Permit Per term$120


Learning Opportunities

Mentor Program

The mentor program is a fundamental distinctive at Crowell School of Business that pairs current business students with a Christian business person in a mentoring relationship.

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