Pursue Faith-rooted Community Transformation in Los Angeles
The Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) is a unique community transformation program that prepares students to implement spiritual, socioeconomic, political, and environmental change throughout the world. Residence in or near marginalized urban communities enables students to combine living and learning in an integrated approach to leadership development, with a primary focus on improving opportunities for the urban poor. To focus engagement, MATUL students live and study in the global city of Los Angeles.
‘True learning ... alongside the marginalized’
“As I travel around the world, I have opportunities to meet MATUL students and experience the ministries with which they are placed. They are high-caliber students working in dynamic urban ministries and fascinating neighborhoods. The people in the MATUL program understand that transformational learning around the complex issues of urban poverty does not occur primarily through lecture and reading; true learning about urban poverty must involve living and ministering alongside the marginalized. Living and serving in a marginalized community is the best classroom you will ever experience. The MATUL students I meet and the urban ministry organizations they are involved with are like double-edged swords, transforming the student as well as the communities in which they are living and working. Regardless of your life’s ultimate mission, spending two years learning from, serving with, and living among the urban marginalized will give you the depth, sensitivity, and Spirit empowerment you need.”
—Scott A. Bessenecker
Associate Director for Missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Author, The New Friars: the Emerging Movement Serving the World’s Poor and other works
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Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Azusa Pacific Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Los Angeles Regional Site
Korean Doctor of Ministry
Korean Master of Divinity
Korean Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510
WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.