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 reach for global Christian service.

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 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.

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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Meet the Program Director

Dr. Mindi Thompson is an Associate Professor and Director of Distance Education. She joined the Graduate School of Theology in 2011. Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from Luther Seminary where she focused on the Old Testament. She holds an M.A. from Emmanual Christian Seminary, and her B.A. and A.A. are from Minnesota Bible College.  She earned the honor of Outstanding Faculty of the Year for the College of Biblical Studies at ACU in 2015. She is the co-author of the book, To the Ends of the Earth: Cultural Considerations for Global Online Theological Education and author of the publication, Reading Leviticus 19: Issues for Interpretation.

“One of my favorite scripture passages is the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27). As a woman with leadership gifts serving in a church tradition that doesn’t always welcome those gifts, it can be a challenge to find ways to use my talents. I’m convinced, though, that when I stand before the Lord and he asks me to give an accounting for how I used the gifts he gave me, ‘They wouldn't let me!’ won’t be a good excuse. My calling is to remain faithful with the little I’ve been given, trusting that God will grow it into something useful for his purposes.”

Degree Highlights


Credit hours: 48

Program length: 2.5 years

Example Coursework

Foundations of the Theology of Ministry

Philosophy of Religion

Reading & Engaging Contemporary Cultures

Witness in Global Contexts


Graduate School of Theology

Upcoming Start Dates

August 27, 2019

October 22, 2019

Why Choose a Master Degree in Global Service?

Download the program brochure for more information about the program format, degree plan, accreditation and distinctives that set ACU’s Master of Arts in Global Service program apart. See also this information about Graduate School of Theology affordability and scholarships.

We understand the cost of graduate school can be overwhelming, which is why ACU offers a variety of financial assistance to qualifying students. Learn more about this new scholarship and other financial aid options here.

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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);
  • Personal statement of interest
  • Academic writing sample

See the full ACU online graduate catalog, including admission requirements here. For a comprehensive list of admission requirements for your global service degree program, please contact a Graduate Advisor.

What outcomes can you expect from a multicultural ministry program?

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.
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