Message from the Director

The M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) is a unique academic program focused on the faith-rooted transformation of marginalized urban communities. MATUL students focus on the disciplines and practices of theology, church planting, urban studies, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, and related fields to prepare for callings in holistic transformation within the City. Students are expected to live within a marginalized community throughout the program, learning to relate in solidarity with the communities and neighbors they hope to partner with for transformation.

All MATUL students begin their studies at Azusa Pacific University’s Los Angeles Regional Center, located in historic Koreatown, a bustling multicultural neighborhood. During the first portion of the program, students complete core courses establishing an appreciation for the complexity of the City and its place in the Christian narrative. These foundational courses also provide tools for engaging the City, with particular emphasis on the Kingdom of God’s vision for transformation.

During the second phase of the program, students choose to either remain in Los Angeles, focusing on the U.S. urban context, or relocate to a partner city in the Majority World, focusing on the international context. In their location of choice, MATUL students integrate their foundational studies with experiential learning. In a process that integrates classroom academic study with active community engagement, participants seek the peace and justice of the City with internships in local ministries, nonprofits, and social enterprises. To culminate their MATUL experience, students develop a research thesis or project on a topic significant to their community.

As we continue into the 21st century, an increasingly urban century, the Church and world require leaders prepared for the work of holistic urban renewal. If you have a calling to transform cities, come join us.

God Bless,

Enrique Zone, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Urban and Multicultural Programs
Azusa Pacific Seminary

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.