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MA in Global Leadership

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. 
  • 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. Work with your academic advisor to develop a concentration in a given area of specialization. Specialized areas of study include (but are not limited to):

Accessible Scheduling

The MA in Global Leadership may be completed in two years’ time through online courses, as well as intensive courses at our Portland campus and other international host locations. 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 trips to campus or special international host locations for live courses.

Note: MA in Global Leadership students must complete at least 12 face-to-face credits, 8 of which must be completed on campus in Portland, 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 an 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.