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. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.

Live, Serve, and Learn in Urban Communities

The Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) is an entirely field-based program that prepares students to implement spiritual, socioeconomic, political, and environmental change throughout the world. Residence in or near actual urban poor communities (in Asia, Africa, North America, and South America) 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. Students may choose the option to live and learn in Los Angeles throughout their program.

‘True learning ... alongside the poor’

“As I travel around the world, I have opportunities to meet MATUL students and the ministries with whom they are placed. They are high-caliber students working in dynamic urban ministries and fascinating neighborhoods. MATUL understands 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 poor. Living and serving in a poor 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 poor 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

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

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 continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

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.