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Taking advantage of the region’s unique geographic and demographic landscape, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary uses Fresno and the surrounding areas as an “urban laboratory” to train current practitioners and emerging leaders to impact urban centers. Students will develop excellent organizational leadership skills in order to effect sustainable change. Partnering with The Center for Community Transformation (CCT), The Master of Arts in Community Leadership and Transformation (MACLT) is a flagship program for the FPU Biblical Seminary. The CCT seeks to provide a faith-rooted, institutional engine and catalyst for systemic and sustainable transformation of a unique region into communities characterized by abundance and peace. The CCT is head-quartered on the seminary campus.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Options to study in Israel and/or attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Pending Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation.

Career opportunities

A Master of Arts in Community Leadership and Transformation will equip graduates practically, personally and theologically to provide effective leadership in urban areas in North American and global contexts. Graduates will be prepared to lead congregations and faith-based community benefit organizations in today’s complex urban environments.

Program director

Randy White, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Community Transformation & Executive Director of the Center for Community Transformation

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Admission form and fee ($90)
  • Personal profile statement
  • Three letters of references
  • Writing sample

Course listing

Required Courses (48 Units)

Biblical And Theological Reflection
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation 12
BIB-720The Church and God's Mission in the World3
MIN-750ACross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles1.5
or MIN-750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
THEO-730Discipleship and Ethics3
BIB-761Theology of Transformation*3
 Spiritual Direction0
Community Leadership and Transformation
MIN-754Urban Ministry: Engaging the City3
MIN-726Kingdom Entrepreneurship3
MIN-756Ministry Of and Among Marginalized Peoples3
MIN-716Advocacy and Public Policy1.5
MIN-751Leading Multicultural Communities3
MIN-752Into the Neighborhood3
PACS-700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation2
THEO-740Global Christian Theologies3
Capstone Learning
 Senior Seminar3
or MIN-799Thesis6
 Ministry Discernment0
MIN-793ASupervised Ministry1.5
or MIN-794AUrban Mission Practicum 1: Community Leadership and Transformation1.5
MIN-793BSupervised Ministry1.5
or MIN-794BUrban Practicum II: Organizational Development1.5

Must include 1.5 units from COUN courses