Langley, British Columbia—This month marked a milestone for Trinity Western University, as the first class to graduate from TWU’s Masters of Arts in Administrative Leadership (MAAL) program donned their caps and gowns to receive their degrees. Twenty-eight participating graduates from the MAAL program joined more than 40 graduates from TWU’s graduate level programs for the ceremonies. MAAL graduates came from as far away as Lithuania, Australia, and the United States for the ceremonies, as much of the MAAL program is taught online.
“The focus of the program is to develop the leadership skills of people through practical application and experiential learning,” says Don Page, PhD, a former senior policy analyst for the federal government and current director of the MAAL program. “Several of the students in the Masters of Arts in Administrative Leadership program are sponsored by their employers, and more than 30 percent have received promotions as a result of being in the program.”
Page states that MAAL students, who can concentrate on business, education, health care, Christian ministry, international development assistance or student affairs, glean from expert faculty in locations spanning from Hamilton, Ont., to Dallas, Tex., because of the online component.
“The program runs for 25 months, in a way that allows students to learn while they work,” says Page. “Students come to campus for the month of July for three consecutive summers to take 5 of the core courses. The rest is taught online.”
“Learning from leading faculty and classmates in various professions gives these students access to the latest thinking in leadership and provides an invaluable, ongoing professional network,” continues Page.
MAAL student Jeff Suderman, from Abbotsford, earned this year’s Governor General’s Gold Medal, an honour given to the graduate with the highest academic standing. The valedictorian was Karen Hall, also a MAAL graduate and vice-president for human resources at Xantrex Technology Inc. Carson Pue, president of Arrow Leadership Ministries, addressed the graduates at the ceremony and received an honorary Doctor of Christian Ministries degree from Trinity Western.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21