M.A. in Global Leadership

The mission of God is global in scope, and so His Church must learn to accomplish that mission of love and redemption at a worldwide level. The Master of Arts in Global Leadership equips those who will serve in communities beyond the North American context. The training provides a rich foundation of biblical and theological studies and then progresses to intercultural studies, communication theory, ministry skill, and spiritual formation. It also offers students a chance to tailor their studies to their context, by completing their choice of specialization track with a partner institution that brings expertise in a field outside Western's wheelhouse. Creative class scheduling and forward thinking online design mean that even students living abroad can complete their training with little interruption. The result? Our graduates' effectiveness transcends borders, where they lead effectively as pastors, church planters, business leaders, educators, justice advocates, community service workers and missionaries. 




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Graduate in as few as two years



32 credits online,
16 on campus via
summer intensive courses





Education English as a Second Language (ESL)
Evangelism and Discipleship Intercultural Counseling
Intercultural Studies Justice Ministry
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What Sets Our Global Leadership Training Apart?

  • An emphasis on Gospel-centrality for spiritual formation, theological understanding, and cross-cultural ministry
  • Partnerships with industry-leading organizations allow you to pick the best electives for your ministry context. For instance...
    • Complete MBA courses with Corban University to specialize in Marketplace Ministry
    • Complete M.A. Justice and Mission courses with Denver Seminary to specialize in Justice Ministry
  • Survey all books of the Bible to see how they expand the meaning of the Gospel
  • Create a statement of faith rather than adopting the seminary's doctrinal position
  • Four semesters of praxis and engaged feedback via Field Leadership Mentoring 

M.A. in Global Leadership Curriculum

Biblical Studies: 14 Credits
DBS 516 Learning to Interpret Scripture Survey 2
BLS 501 Interpreting Genesis to Song of Solomon 4
BLS 502 Interpreting the Prophets and Gospels 4
BLS 503 Interpreting Acts to Revelation 4
Theological Studies: 10 Credits
THS 501 Knowing the Triune God: Theology I 4
THS 502 Glorifying God of Our Salvation: Theology II 4
THS 503 Community of the Spirit: Theology III 2
Leadership Formation Studies: 8 Credits
GLS 504 Leadership in a Global Context 2
GLS 505 Self-directed Learning for Global Leadership 2
GLS 531-534 Field Leadership Mentoring 1+1+1+1
Personal and Spiritual Formation Studies: 8 Credits
GLS 500 Discovering and Developing Your Ministry Potential 2
GLS 501 Learning to Love God and Others 2
GLS 502 Theology in a Global Context 2
GLS 503 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship in a Global Context 2
Ministry Specialization Studies: 8 Credits
Course titles or numbers may change slightly when the program launches in Fall 2015.

Accessible Scheduling

The M.A. in Global Leadership may be completed in two years’ time through online courses, as well as two weeks of summer intensive courses per year at our Portland campus. Students who live near the Portland, San Jose, or Sacramento campuses (or the Seattle Teaching Site) may elect to complete a greater number of courses on campus if they choose, taking daytime, evening or intensive courses.

Theological Education That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary student graduates with an average of only $8532 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If an applicant does not have a bachelor's degree or does not meet one of the requirements above, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. in Global Leadership admission requirements.