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The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership: Worship Leadership track at North Central University will prepare current and future leaders and musicians to communicate effectively the role of worship in the believer’s life by receiving biblically, theologically, historically, and contextually-grounded training.

Through this program, you will gain communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, and will apply leadership theories, principles, and worship leadership skills in a collaborative environment.

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Why earn a graduate degree at North Central?

North Central University’s College of Graduate and Professional Education offers a master’s-level strategic leadership degree, a program designed to prepare you for meaningful work in the marketplace and leadership in your business, church, or organization. You’ll have the opportunity to grow as a leader and increase your existing knowledge and skills in ways that will apply immediately to your life and career.


The Strategic Leadership: Worship Arts Leadership Degree track is 36 credits and is designed to be finished in 12 courses, allowing you to start and finish quickly and efficiently. Courses are offered strategically so you can move through the program on a schedule that works for you.


Our M.A. in Strategic Leadership is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

North Central University is also a participating institution in NC-SARA, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

The College of Graduate and Professional Education is a member of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS).

What sets us apart

The proof is in the people

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Master's in Strategic Leadership degree at NCU gives pastor new approach to ministry

Christopher Vincent ’00, is a lead pastor overseeing a growing church plant, and he has a wife and five children. On December 9, he also completed his Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership at NCU.

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Christopher Vincent ’00 knows what busy is. The lead pastor at The Bridge Church in Nowthen, Minn., oversees a growing church plant, has a wife and five children, and on December 9, completed his Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership at North Central University.

The ceremonial hooding for the master’s degree candidate was a meaningful close to his graduate studies, although it’s the work he did in the program that makes Vincent especially proud. He said the highlight of the MASL program was his senior capstone project, for which he wrote a book on church planting. “As a church growth fanatic not finding much in the context of rural churches,” Vincent noted, “I was able to produce something from my research and experience. Writing a book was challenging and fulfilling.”

Beyond the book or academic papers, Vincent found the MASL program to be practical and readily applicable to his work. “The degree helped me utilize new project approaches, see people through Christ’s eyes, and learn ethics on a whole new level,” Vincent said. His coursework even inspired him to restructure his staff meetings.

Through the program and with the help of his graduate advisor, Vincent has accomplished a lifelong dream. After celebrating his graduation milestone with his biggest cheerleaders—his family—he is eager to continue his leadership journey. “The degree was not a ‘stepping stone,’ per se, but rather a honing of my skills to help me lead where I am planted.”

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Leadership spotlight: Jason Wenschlag, Ed.D.

Meet Jason Wenschlag, Ed.D., the Dean of Graduate Education and Accreditation at North Central University and Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Wenschlag received his doctorate in Education, Organizational Leadership, from Concordia University Chicago. His educational resume also includes a Graduate Certificate in Education Administration from St. Mary’s University, Education Specialist in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master of Education in Business and Marketing Education from the University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree at North Dakota State University in Business Administration.

Role at NCU

The VPAA provides oversight for the four undergraduate colleges, graduate education, online education and instructional design, PSEO, academic partnerships, accreditation and assessment, registrar, library, instructional development, and athletics; he is also a chair on the Deans’ Council.

Professional Experience

Wenschlag has enjoyed an 18-year career in teaching and education administration for three school districts, and he has served since 2015 at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Wenschlag and his wife, Amy Lynn, are also co-owners of the Intevation Group, previously known as Performance Solutions, where he’s done the company’s accounting for the last 25 years. He also serves as a Senior Consultant for Arbor Research Group based in South Bend, Indiana.

Personal Information

Wenschlag and Amy Lynn live in Edina, Minnesota. When they are not attending school events, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, serving and leading at Bethel’s Rock Church, eating at independent restaurants, traveling or relaxing at a family lake home, and finding downtime to relax with Trek, their 12-year old Maltese.

  • Value and Affordability


    Our graduate courses provide a value-driven approach to leadership education that will develop the skills necessary to lead organizations effectively while focusing on the personal formation and interpersonal skills of the leader.


    Our graduate program has the lowest cost (overall per credit) for a program of our type in the Twin Cities.

    Remaining one of the most affordable Christian colleges is something we strive for. Plus, we understand that no one wants to shoulder the financial burden of furthering their education alone. We offer a no-interest monthly payment plan (the Ram Plan) that breaks up the cost of obtaining your degree into smaller, more manageable pieces.

    Discounts and scholarships are available for full-time NCU employees, NCU alumni, Assemblies of God and Pentecostal Family Credentialed Ministers, and full-time Assemblies of God church employees.

    Many employers also offer tuition reimbursement for employees pursuing graduate degrees.

  • Convenience

    We understand the value that a graduate degree can have for your career and your life. We also understand how valuable your time and resources are. Our program is tailored to benefit you in a number of ways:

    • Classes offered in a variety of formats: on-campus, online, weekend, and hybrid.
    • Multiple online classes offered each semester for maximum flexibility
    • Fast-track options for obtaining your degree quicker (1, 2, and 3-year options)
    • Evening classes to fit comfortably with your daily schedule conveniently held on our campus in downtown Minneapolis
    The Master’s in Strategic Leadership is offered fully online!
  • Practical Teaching

    Our graduate faculty are experts in their fields and highly-experienced professionals in a variety of areas. They teach practical, applicable skills based on real-world scenarios, preparing you to meet the challenges of leadership head-on.

  • 4+1 Program

    Our undergraduate degrees are designed to feed directly into our M.A. in Strategic Leadership program, so after you earn your B.A. you can earn a master’s degree with one additional year of education.

    Learn more about the 4+1 program