MA 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



36 credits online,
12 on campus via
summer intensive courses





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 MA 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

MA in Global Leadership Curriculum



Specialize Your Ministry Studies

Increase the relevance of your leadership training by tailoring it to your context. Choose one of the following specializations or work with an advisor to build a specialization all your own via the Open Track:

  • Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Intercultural Counseling
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Justice Ministry
  • Marketplace Ministry
  • Build Your Own Specialization

Accessible Scheduling

The MA 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 36 credits of online learning with two 2-week trips to campus for live courses.

Note: MA in Global Leadership students must complete at least 12 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 Admissions Counselor to explore alternative MA in Global Leadership admission requirements.

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Teaching Summer 2018

Ed Scheuerman

Dr. Ed Scheuerman

GL503H - Leadership in the Global Context

Dr. Ed Scheuerman is the Coordinator of the Intercultural Studies program at Lancaster Bible College. Previously, he served with PIONEERS in Southeast Asia for 23 years. After being in a church-planting ministry, he spent his last 12 years on the field as an Area Leader. He helped give strategic and emotional support to as many as 17 teams working with various people groups following each of the major religions. His D.Miss. (Biola University) dissertation focused on how to use online media to care for field workers.

“I seek to glorify God by empowering my students to learn and follow God’s will for their lives through the ministries of:
• Encouragement (helping them to continue what they’re doing well)
• Exhortation (challenging them to examine areas like sin, strategy, etc.)
• Equipping (putting the right tools in their hands).”

He also serves as an elder at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church in Lititz, PA.

Developing as a leader that can lead across cultures is vital to taking the gospel to the nations. The MAGL program has helped me in this development, bringing a perspective of how the gospel enters and transforms lives through discipleship in a global context. The classes and discussions with like-minded people are an invaluable resource.

Dan Brown 

Missionary in the local church

Rifu, Japan