M.A. in Global Leadership

God's saving mission is thoroughly global. That's why His Church must bear witness to His redeeming grace on a worldwide stage. The Master of Arts in Global Leadership equips those who will serve in communities beyond the traditional North American context. The training provides a rich foundation of biblical and theological studies and then progresses to cross-cultural communication, intercultural leadership, 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 who brings expertise in a field outside the forte of the seminary. 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 and serve effectively as pastors, church planters, business leaders, educators, relief and mercy 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



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.

HYBRID MINISTRY SCHEDULE OPTION Combines 32 credits of online learning with two 2-week trips to campus for live courses.

Note: M.A. in Global Leadership students must complete at least 16 residency credits on campus, while the rest can be completed through online or off-campus 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, with most choosing instead to pay 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 you do not have a bachelor's degree or do not meet one of the requirements above, we invite you to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. in Global Leadership admission requirements.

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Teaching Summer 2017


Dr. Marvin Newell

GLS 525 - Self-Directed Learning for Global Leadership


Dr. Marvin J. Newell is Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus, a network that connects evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers across North America. Previously he served as a missionary to Indonesia, a mission administrator, a professor of missions, and director of a missions association.

He has authored several mission-related books: A Martyr's Grace; Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go; Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire, and Crossing Cultures in Scriptures (2016). He also teaches leadership and mission classes at Moody Theological Seminary as adjunct professor.

Western provided me with tools, knowledge, and affected my spirit in such ways that it became part of the foundation of who I am. It is from this foundation that I function and perform all duties. In essence, my experience at Western wove new elements into me that integrated and helped shape the fabric of who I am.

Patrick T.

Overseas Educator

Somewhere in China