Message from the Director

The M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership may be the only academic program in the world focused on transformative movements among the one billion people living in slums and shantytowns. Its goal is to train leaders in entrepreneurial multiplication of grassroots initiatives and church movements that instill hope, set people free from sin, bring family transformation, create jobs, increase education access, improve health services, and advocate for basic rights.

Students begin by taking classes at APU’s Los Angeles Regional Center in downtown L.A., living in a neighboring community with other MATUL students, and partnering with a local church. Then they spend two years living abroad or in L.A. while attending a partnering education institution or with a cluster of students in partnership with a mission agency in a city.

Six to eight months of intensive language and culture learning are followed by extensive coursework that blends online learning with fieldwork, complemented by theological and socioeconomic analysis from global and local literature. Specialized, mentored internships address the development challenges of slum schooling, primary health, community economics, advocacy for land and housing rights, and outreach to marginalized populations.

The application deadline for priority consideration is March 30. All applications for fall enrollment are due by June 30.

If you would like to know more about the MATUL program, please feel free to email us at

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Viv Grigg, Ph.D.
International Director
M.A. in Transformational Urban Leardership

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.