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Online MA (Global Leadership)

Online MA (Global Leadership)

The Online Master of Arts (Global Leadership) degree program utilizes innovative online learning systems to 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. 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



All credits online, except 2 sets of face-to-face courses


Take as many on campus courses as you like.



Online learning in community. No compromise.

Christian faith and evangelical conviction grow stronger when beliefs are sourced in the Bible, rather than in tradition or culture. In Western Seminary's Online MA (Biblical and Theological Studies), study of the Bible and theology leads to a richer experience of God, as well as the ability and desire to communicate His glory to others. You can train wherever you call home.

Ninety years of gospel-centered instruction, and 35 years of innovation in distance learning mean that our Online campus offers exceptional online training from seasoned ministry practitioners. Even more than advanced technology, it is the ongoing, personal connection to the worldwide community that sets this program apart.

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):

Online education --- powered by Integr@te

We're serious about quality training, which is why we developed the Integr@te app. This is our custom-built downloadable learning system, built to ensure your success in online seminary training. Whatever web-connected device you use, you'll have immediate access to a suite of Bible study and course calendaring tools as well as video lectures by Western professors. All this compliments Online Learning Centers that serve as a hub for global student interaction and learning assessment.

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Study at a pace that fits your priorities

Hours per week 
of online classes
(on average)

Hours per week
of homework
(on average)

Years of training

Degree completed for a lifetime of enhanced impact for Christ.

Start your seminary training in September, January, or May—whichever fits your schedule best. And while the program is designed to be completed in four years of part-time studies, you may accelerate your study to finish in less than two years or slow your studies when situations warrant.

A connected community + mentoring option

Your online learning experience will be filled with people you'll never forget—whom you'll meet during two visits to the Portland campus:

Week One: Near the start of your program, you'll build a new support network by taking a week of Global Leadership courses face-to-face with fellow online students. During your trip, you'll meet course professors who will instruct and advise you throughout your program. You'll also meet student services staff and learn how to access the support resources we make available.

Week Two: Your training culminates in one last trip to campus to complete a final, 2.5 day Capstone course. In year two, you will complete the second week of Global Leadership courses face-to-face.

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in personal and career mentoring which follows your own Personal Development Plan. This plan will drive the two meetings you have with your Program Mentor per semester via internet communication software. During these sessions, you'll assess progress in the areas of course content, ministry competency, personal character, and interpersonal relationships. All of this is directed at seeing your training catalyze true spiritual transformation in your life and work. 

Gain access to an extensive online library

This an academic master's degree program and carries the expectation that you will complete advanced research from scholarly sources. As a student, you'll receive personal access to Logos Gold Digital Library and Bible Software, in addition to a growing collection of 150,000 e-books and the full text of 15,000 journals through our online library. You'll have access to the print library collections on each campus.

Personal Computer Standards


  • Windows™ 10 or Mac™ OS x 10.14 "Mojave" and above
  • 8th generation quad-core processor
  • 16 GB RAM (Recommended)
  • 60 GB Free Space - Internal HDD / SSD Only
  • 2560 x 1440 Screen resolution

Web Conferencing

  • Web camera (High Definition)
  • Mic / Earphones Headset
  • 16 GB RAM (Recommended)
  • 60 GB Free Space - Internal HDD / SSD Only
  • Basic license for Zoom Video Conferencing (Available for free download at

Software Standards

  • Current web browser
  • Word Processor writing to *.doc format
  • Outlook, Gmail, or other email service that is able to read HTML emails and receive and send attachments
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software (free download)

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 an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative admission options.