With a strong emphasis on learning in community, the Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) brings together pastors, missionaries, and nonprofit leaders to learn primarily online with some face-to-face intensive coursework. Students sharpen, strengthen, and encourage one another as a "cohort"-a community of learning-under the tutelage of seasoned faculty and support staff.

The MAGL program is designed for those already serving in ministry. More than half of our current students are pastors and campus ministers. Others serve in nonprofit or parachurch ministry, cross-cultural work, and other vocations.

The 18-course, 72-unit program includes a 9-course cohort sequence that covers character development, biblical theology of mission, contemporary culture, missional church, leadership training, and organizational dynamics; and 9 electives that further enhance biblical, theological, and cultural understandings. MAGL meets the prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Missiology degree.

Application Deadlines and Seminars


Erika Wiebe Nossokoff
Executive Director, WADSO for West Africa

“I’ve found the MAGL to be about relational leadership. The professors care about me as much as they do about what I’m learning, and the cohort model connects me with other global leaders in a way that transcends physical distance. I expect that many of them will be lifelong friends!”


Toby Castle
Parish Counselor, Discipleship Leader, and Educator, Sydney, Australia

“Learning within a community of leaders from different contexts, cultures, and ministries has given me a greater depth, breadth, and insight into God's work and mission in the world. This program is for those who want to gain a God-shaped lens for their context while remaining in ministry.”

MA in Global Leadership graduate Joshua Nador

Joshua Nador (MAGL '13)
Nonprofit Administrator and Pastor, Liberia

"My passion is leadership development. The MAGL gives leaders the opportunity to fulfill their vision, stay the course and keep focused on their service, yet participate in a learning environment where they are sharpened, equipped, and empowered for the work that God has called them to do."

MA in GLobal Leadership student Amber Smith

Amber Smith (MAGL cohort 23, current DMiss student)
Mission Director, Reality Carpinteria Church

"I appreciated being engaged in study with others who were passionate about advancing God's kingdom and who also understood the everyday realities of ministry. I was amazed how applicable and relevant every class seemed to be to my ministry and leadership practice."

Amber completed the nine MAGL Cohort Sequence courses and, with a prior MA, applied and was admitted to the Doctor of Missiology program.
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MAGL Students at a Glance

Who is in the MAGL program?

Total MAGL Graduates: 323

Total Current Students: 320

Average ministry experience: 8 years

Average Age: 38

Type of Ministry:

  • Pastoral ministry 52%
  • Missions and church planting 21.5%
  • Nonprofit, lay ministry, other 26.5%

Ministry Context:

  • US 65%
  • Other (over 80 countries) 35%


  • US 75%
  • International 25%


  • Men 70%
  • Women 30%

From data gathered March 2014.

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