Master of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership – VST

September 14, 2020 - December 31, 2025
6015 Walter Gage Road
The University of British Columbia
VancouverBCV6T 1Z1

September 14, 2020 – September 14, 2022

Offered by Vancouver School Of Theology

VST is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church and the world in the 21st century. 

The Master of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons engaged in various forms of leadership, from congregations to social entrepreneurship, faith-based social services, NGOs, community-based development, mediation services and community-based justice initiatives.

This degree is anchored in practice-based learning, action-reflection, and contextual analysis. Attention is given to developing religious literacy for working in pluralistic contexts, honing the theological intellect for forming public theologians and leaders, providing biblical, ethical and spiritual foundations for inspiring the visionary capacities of organizers and ecclesial change agents, and practicing ritual, rhetorical and communitarian skills needed for offering vital, artful, generous leadership in both inherited and emerging pastoral and public contexts.

Students in this program are expected to connect to a community or project in which their ability to practice and grow their capacity for leadership will be tested.

This is a 48 credit-hour degree. Working full-time it can be completed in two years. Students have a maximum of seven years to complete this degree.

For distance students, one third of this degree must be accomplished onsite, and attendance at Orientation Week (September) is mandatory in one’s first year. 

For all VST master’s degrees, an undergraduate degree is required; and there are two application deadlines per year: March 15th and October 15th. Students can begin their studies in September or January. To learn more about tuition and fees visit:

For more information contact Julie Lees, Recruitment, [email protected]


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