At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

2 Years

Cost per unit


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*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Live, Serve, and Learn in Urban Communities

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 or in select cities of the Majority World.

‘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 Seminary Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Azusa Pacific Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

University Reputation

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.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.