With a strong emphasis on learning in community, the 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.

Update: MAGL Early Spring 2015 Application Deadline is Friday, 11/21/14

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Gary Langley (MAGL '12)
Lead Pastor, Reunion Hawaii Church

"Unlike some other seminary degree programs, the MAGL is full of practitioners-real-world people actively engaged in front-line ministries around the world, so the experience is less theoretical than I expected, and far more immediately applicable."

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Scott Borg (MAGL '10)
Director, Adventures in Missions

"The MAGL was personally transformational. It was exactly what I needed to see how God was already working in my leadership experiences, and to redefine paradigms that affect my journey forward vocationally, spiritually, and relationally. I am not only a better leader but a better mentor, father, and friend."

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Amber Smith
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."

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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."

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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