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Master of Arts in Global Service

Prepare for multicultural ministry.

As our society becomes more global and connections between cultures grow, many Christian leaders have a desire to expand their knowledge and reach.

ACU’s online Master of Arts in global service is designed to equip you for ministries that require living, working and communicating in the intercultural contexts typical of today's global society. Drawing upon theology, sociology, anthropology, history and communication theory, the M.A. in global service challenges you to analyze contemporary global concerns, formulate Christian perspectives and explore solutions to intercultural challenges.

Our innovative online program includes four one-week campus residencies; web-based course work mixed with face-to-face learning that creates an incredibly flexible educational experience.

Are you ready to be a part of a program that prepares you for Christian service and leadership in a global world? Apply now or contact us today to learn more.

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Program Overview

Credit hours 48
Degree Master of Arts
Program length 32 months 
Tracks N/A


You will take courses such as:

  • Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Reading & Engaging Contemporary Cultures
  • Witness in a Global Context

What outcomes can you expect?

Theologically Formed: Graduates will integrate the biblical, historical, and theological perspectives foundational for contemporary Christian practice.

  1. Interprets Scripture and tradition in ways that inform understanding of the theological dimensions of contemporary experience.
  2. Interprets and inhabits the major theological structures, content, and procedures of the Christian tradition.
  3. Practices theology appropriately in contemporary cultural contexts.

Missiologically Adept: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the mission of God and their place within that mission as both individuals and members of the global Church.

  1. Narrates and appropriately analyses the church’s history of working within the mission of God.
  2. Demonstrates familiarity with current missiological and global-service challenges and issues.
  3. Equips and leads the church in contemporary cultural contexts for missional purposes.
  4. Integrates theology, history, anthropology, and methodology in missional practices such as planting and nurturing responsible, reproducing churches.

Interculturally Competent: Graduates will be able to live, work, and communicate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts.

  1. Interprets contemporary contexts in light of the Christian faith.
  2. Demonstrates the skills and commitments necessary for spiritual maturity as a Christian leader in multicultural settings.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and application fee;
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended;
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • A writing sample following the guidelines at www.acu.edu/gst

For a comprehensive list of admission requirements please contact a Graduate Advisor.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.