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Online MA (Global Leadership)

Online MA (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 Online MA in Global Leadership degree program utilizes innovative online learning systems to equip 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 skills, and spiritual formation. It also offers students a chance to tailor their studies to their context, by completing their choice of a specialization track in the area that serves their ministry needs.

The result? Our graduates' effectiveness transcends borders, where they lead and serve effectively as missionaries, pastors, church planters, business leaders, educators, relief and mercy advocates, and community service workers.



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Graduate in as few as two years



All credits online, except consecutive one-week summer intensives


Take as many on campus courses as you like.


What Sets Our Global Leadership Training Apart?

  • An emphasis on gospel centrality for spiritual formation, theological understanding, and cross-cultural ministry
  • Potential partnerships with industry-leading organizations allow you to pick the best electives for your ministry context
  • Unique specialization that fits to your current or next ministry context
  • Build a solid biblical and theological foundation for your personal growth and by which to contextualize the gospel
  • Four semesters of praxis and engaged feedback via field leadership mentoring

MA in Global Leadership Curriculum



Specialize Your Ministry Studies

The MA in Global Leadership offers a unique specialization feature that allows the student, in dialogue with the faculty mentor and academic advisor, to create a set of courses to meet current or expected ministry directions. These courses can be from Western Seminary or transferred in from partner institutions in fields outside the forte of the Seminary. Examples of specializations include:

  • Business as mission
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Developing cross-cultural leaders/teams
  • Intercultural studies
  • Cross-cultural education
  • Preparation for Western Seminary doctoral programs
  • Discipleship
  • Evangelism
  • Spanish

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

The MA in Global Leadership may be completed in as little as two years’ time, but students with busy ministry schedules can take up to four years. The program can be taken for 40 credits of online learning with two, one-week consecutive summer trips to the Portland campus for live, face-to-face Global Leadership core courses. Additionally, students who live near the Portland, San Jose, or Sacramento campuses may take as many campus based courses as they like.

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

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

First Visit: For your first summer, you'll build a new support network by attending the MA in Global Leadership (MAGL) orientation for new students followed by your first week of Global Leadership core courses taken face-to-face with fellow MAGL students (both online and campus based). Additionally, you can enhance your online student experience by attending the online student threshold week and orientation the following week. In addition to the MF 501 and CS 501 courses, you'll meet other online students you will be in courses with, professors, and seminary staff in Student Services. Online student orientation will give you insight about how to access the support resources we make available.

Week Two: Your training culminates in your second summer, when you will complete the second week of Global Leadership core courses face-to-face.

Mentoring: The MAGL program is unique in that you have both a faculty mentor and an academic advisor assigned to you. Your academic advisor will serve as your primary contact for developing your course plan, scheduling, and helping find the specific specialization courses. Your faculty mentor will be your primary Field Leadership Mentorship course instructor as well as helping to form your specialization and give career insight. Additionally, during two of the Field Leadership Mentorship courses (GL 532-533), you will have your field mentor who serves as your primary ministry connection. This could be your current ministry mentor or one in a ministry into which you are moving. The mentorship courses will also put you in groups of 3-5 other students along with your faculty mentor, which offers further learning and growth opportunities among your peers.

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.