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 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





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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

Spiritual and Personal Formation Studies: 4 Credits
GLS 500 Discovering and Developing Your Ministry Potential 2
GLS 501 Learning to Love God and Others 2
Biblical and Theological Studies: 24 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
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
Global Leadership Studies: 12 Credits
GLS 510 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship in Global Context 2
GLS 515 Theology in Global Context 2
GLS 520 Leadership in Global Context 2
GLS 525 Self-directed Learning for Global Leadership 2
GLS 531 Field Leadership Mentoring 1
GLS 532 Field Leadership Mentoring 1
GLS 533 Field Leadership Mentoring 1
GLS 534 Field Leadership Mentoring 1
Ministry Specialization Studies: 8 Credits

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, 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 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 2016


Dr. Hans Finzel

GLS 520 - Leadership in Global Context


Dr. Hans Finzel is a successful author, speaker and trusted authority in the field of leadership. For 20 years he served as President of international non-profit WorldVenture, working in over 65 countries.

Hans speaks, writes and teaches on practical leadership principles from the real world—not just the classroom. He has written nine books, including his newest release, Launch Your Encore (Baker Books), and bestseller, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make (David C Cook). Hans has trained leaders on five continents and his books have been translated into over twenty foreign languages.

Today he serves as President of HDLeaders and teaches and speaks globally on all things leadership. Contact Hans at

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