The 72-unit MA in Global Leadership in the School of Intercultural Studies is a primarily online degree designed to allow people who are already leading in some capacity to remain fully engaged in ministry while studying for a highly practical degree. The program consists of 18, 4-unit courses: 9 cohort-sequence courses and 9 elective course.

In the 9 cohort sequence courses, you will come together online and in two, face-to-face 2-week seminars (4 weeks total across the degree). You will join with peers from around the globe, learning together online and face-to-face as a cohort, or learning community, under the tutelage of seasoned and support staff. While we wrestle with many theoretical concepts in the MAGL program, our ultimate goal is to apply newfound insights to our leadership roles, and then to continue to learn from each other as we share the results of our ministry work for God's kingdom.

The remaining 9 elective courses in the MAGL can be used to focus on areas of interest and relevance to current ministry. These can be taken online or at any Fuller campus, from any Fuller school or transferred from accredited graduate schools. Students interested in pursuing an emphasis in their degree should speak to the MAGL Academic Services Administrator,

It is our prayer that, as a result of completing this course of study, you will be better equipped to participate in the mission of God in the world as Christian leaders committed to lifelong learning to biblically-informed communities of practice.

Curriculum & Cohorts

The MAGL launches new cohorts each spring and fall. Your curriculum is determined by the quarter and year your matriculate. Following you will find the current curriculum sheet for MAGL program, as well as the respective cohort sequence schedule for all cohorts entering or currently engaged in the cohort sequence. If your cohort is not listed here and/or you have questions about your program, a course, or timing, please contact the MAGL Academic Services Adminstrator, Susan Major:

MAGL curriculum (Cohorts in the Cohort Sequence)

Guidelines and Policies

Program Time Limits

The MAGL must be completed within 10 years. The cohort sequence is paced at one 4-unit course per quarter, designed to work with the schedules of leaders in full-time ministry. Taking electives concurrent with the cohort sequence courses (in the MAGL, 8 units per quarter is full-time), the degree can be completed in 2.5 years.

To maintain active student status, you must take at least one class within four quarters (1 year) of your most recent course registration. This is especially important after the paced cohort sequence, when you are in the elective portion of your program.

Should you find your student status has become inactive, please contact the Office of Admissions to submit a reinstatement application. This short application will be reviewed by the MAGL Admissions Committee. Upon approval, you would be able to resume taking courses toward your degree.

Full Time Status

Full time course load for the MAGL program has been established at 8 units per quarter; part-time status is 4 units per quarter.


As part of MAGL's accreditation, students are required to come to a campus twice, for a total of 4 weeks. These four weeks consist of two on-campus seminars.

The first two-week seminar takes place in Colorado Springs, CO. The second two-week seminar takes place in Pasadena, CA.

Each on-campus seminar is comprised of two, 2-unit courses.

Detailed seminar preparation information is given in the online course prior to the seminar.

Non-US Citizen? You will be required to obtain an F-1 Visa to attend the on-campus seminars.

Pass/Fail Grade Mode Option

MAGL Students may choose to take up to 16 units, or 25% of their degree pass/fail. However students wishing to pursue doctoral work should take all courses for a letter grade. For more detailed information, see Grade Mode Registration Options.

Transfer Credit

The MAGL committee will accept a maximum of 36 quarter units (24 semester credits) of transfer credit. As there are several requirements in determining whether or not such credits can apply to the MAGL degree, students should first consult with the MAGL academic Services Administrator,, both prior to taking courses at another institution and when making program completion plans. Transfer Credit Application

Applying for a Doctoral Degree

The MAGL meets all the course prerequisites for the Doctor of Missiology (DMiss)/Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS) program. Contact for more information.

Online Learning

For many, this is the first time taking an online class. Following are some guidelines to assist you.

Course Layout

The MAGL Faculty designed the MAGL cohort sequence courses toward enabling you to apply what you are learning to your life and ministry. As such, you will be provided with a variety of exercises, both individual and collaborative, that will help you to engage and interact with the material and one another. Each course in the cohort sequence is based on a template so that as you go from one cohort course to another, you won't have to re-learn where basic tools reside.


A link to guidelines for online communication.


Through threaded discussions, most often called "Connecting," you will have the opportunity to interact with classmates and the profesor(s). Your participation in the threaded discussions is a vital part of your "in-class" time.

Time Management

The normal expectation for study in a master's degree is that for every hour spent in class listening to lectures and taking course notes, a student will be required to spend three hours reading, researching and writing. Fuller Online courses in the MAGL program follow similar expectations. Students should plan to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week per course. We encourage you to set aside time each week to "attend" your class.

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