Program Overview


Real time learning, Real time application.

The launch of the MA in Leadership (Business Stream) in Mandarin is a response to the needs of Chinese-speaking business and organizational leaders for an officially accredited graduate degree from overseas universities. The program is specifically designed for current and emerging Chinese-speaking business and organizational leaders.  The Program spans across more than two years with a total of 34 credit units. The working students are able to practice real-time what they learn in class to their respective professions so as to ensure the stellar quality of the overall learning.

The program is highly professional and focuses on applying academic concepts to the practice of organizational leadership to enhance the overall leadership competencies and capacity of the students. The course assignments are closely integrated with the student's daily work situations so that it is easier for them to practice what they learn.  The program promotes the students’ experiential learning not only in China but also in Singapore, Taiwan and Canada

Program history

The Master of Arts in Leadership Program at Trinity Western University was launched in 1999. Experts in the field of leadership development immediately expressed their high recognition for this program and approved its leading position in the field of Canadian leadership research and development. The program has always adhered to the tradition of serving the market, with the goal of cultivating the “best performance leadership” in the students. The courses cover both general and disciplinary  leadership research and practices. The areas of expertise include five streams: health care, education, business, Christian ministry, and non-profit organizations. The program places a high priority on interdisciplinary learning, with half of the courses being cross-disciplinary foundation courses and half being specialized courses.

More than 600 students have graduated from the program since its inception, and its influence has spread all over the world. Alumni and current students’ high satisfaction of the program and positive testimonies evidence the program’s excellent teaching and holistic student services.

In 2009, in response to the urgent need for developing value-based leadership in the Chinese business community, Trinity Western University applied and received the approval of the MA in Leadership (Business Stream) in Mandarin Program from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labor Development. The original Canadian Program is highly cross-cultural while the Mandarin program has a special focus on the business sectors that have Chinese cultural background and fully integrates the learning of the Chinese business cases. Moreover, equipped with bilingual faculty and staff, the program is entirely offered in Mandarin so that the Chinese working professionals can overcome the English language barrier yet still learn practical leadership skills that the rapid technological and social developments in the 21st century call for. The first cohort in the program was officially launched in April 2011 and now the program has enrolled 19 cohorts. The excellent teaching and service quality of the program has been highly valued by Chinese business leaders, graduates and students. More than 60% of the new students are referred by current students and alumni.

Program Mission

To cultivate from inside out capable Chinese business leaders with integrity and equip them with the competencies of transformational servant leadership so that they are able to impact others with their lives and lead their organizations to achieve sustainable competitive advantages.  

Program Vision

To make the leadership of Mandarin-speaking business and organizational leaders and the performance of their organizations the envy of the world.

Program Benefits

The MA in Leadership (Business Stream) in Mandarin Program has a clear purpose and goals for solid leadership development. Through the study, students refine their professional ability and acquire a good leadership career prospect after graduation.

The program promotes transformational servant leadership to create necessary conditions for organizations and their employees to perform at their best. The organizations led by the Servant Leadership paradigm produce better performance, which is the yardstick for measuring leadership.

The program aims to develop leaders who are willing to serve their employees, have ethical decision-making skills, and produce positive results. Profits are important, but the priority of organizational operations is to focus on employee empowerment, learning and innovation, and productivity.

An organization that constantly renews itself must focus on serving customers, valuing employees, assuming corporate social responsibility, promoting learning and innovation, and meeting broader expectations. Through the courses, students develop a far-reaching organizational vision/mission, strategic objectives, outcome goals, and organizational systems to make their organization a self-renewing one.

The Unique Benefits of the MA in Leadership (Business Stream) in Mandarin Program include:

  • The leadership program has been fully accredited by BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labor Market Development;
  • A graduate program totally taught in Mandarin and English or other standard tests are not required;
  • Instructors possess extensive cross-cultural business leadership experience;
  • Appointment of instructors is based on being academically qualified;
  • The program blends online and face to face learning ‘best practices’;
  • Students customize learning to fit personal work requirements and plans;
  • The program has been developed on basis of leadership research findings;
  • The leadership paradigm taught produces the most profitable business.