Master of Arts in Global Service

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

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

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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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.

Program Structure

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

Required Hours

48 hours
2.5 years

Example Coursework

Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
Philosophy of Religion
Reading & Engaging Contemporary Cultures
Witness in Global Contexts

Upcoming Start Dates

May 3, 2021
August 23, 2021

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Christopher Flanders, Master of Arts in Global Service

Dr. Chris Flanders is an associate professor and program director for the Master of Arts in Global Service program. He received a BA in Biblical Text, an MS in Missions, and an MDIV at ACU and completed his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Chris grew up in the midwest, eventually settling down in northern Minnesota. He is married to Cara (Duvall) who works as a supervisor in ACU’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program and a therapist in the ACU Counseling Center. Their two children, Autumn and Ethan (both born while they were serving in Thailand), are a huge part of their lives.

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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate the biblical, historical, and theological perspectives foundational for contemporary Christian practice.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the mission of God and their place within that mission as both individuals and members of the global Church.
  3. Learn how to live, work, and communicate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit an official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate 3.0 GPA or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application).
  • Author a personal statement of interest.
  • Submit an academic writing sample.
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The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, an organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theological disciplines.