Doctor of Global Leadership
School of Intercultural Studies
Fuller’s Doctor of Global Leadership, formerly the Doctor of Intercultural Studies, is designed for leaders in the global missions field to deepen their calling and advance their mission. In this primarily online program, students learn in a supportive cohort, integrating theory and practical research to develop an action plan to effect change in their particular service context.
The DGL is also fully available in Korean.
Benefit from supportive, formational guidance toward your growth as a leader
Customize your research to accomplish concrete change in your specific context
Stay in Your Context
Develop your ministry effectiveness without leaving your context of service
Be sharpened, challenged, and supported by peers within your cohort
Overview and Curriculum
Created for leaders holding a master’s degree and having at least three years’ field experience doing missiology or intercultural work, the Doctor of Global Leadership (DGL) is a four-year program consisting of annual nine-month modules representing the major stages of completing an applied research dissertation. The modules require an average time commitment of 12–16 hours per week. The Fall 2021 cohort of the DGL is completely online, and future cohorts may meet for annual in-person, one-week intensives. Guided by expert faculty practitioners, DGL students apply missiological and theological principles to a specific need for change in their ministry context, engaging in research that culminates in a contextually applied dissertation with a robust action plan.
Please note that this program is currently pending authorization for online studies in some US states. Please contact email@example.com for more specific information about authorization in your state.
"In our dramatically changing world, we need to reimagine how the gospel is shared in our unique settings. The Doctor of Global Leadership degree creates an environment where missional leaders like you, serving in churches and other organizations, can develop missiological frameworks that lead to dynamic change in their unique contexts."
– Kurt Fredrickson, Associate Dean for Professional Doctoral Programs and Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Learn in a Supportive Cohort
DGL students progress through the program with the same cohort of 10–15 students, led by faculty members who are scholar-practitioners. Students are able to stay in their contexts and study in various formats including fully online, or, depending on the cohort, online with an annual in-person intensive. Either way, the program’s cohort model allows students to further sharpen and support one another, creating lasting relational bonds and expanding their ministry network as they journey together in a learning community.
The DGL equips students to make an impact on a significant issue, problem, or opportunity in their context to effect change. After reviewing relevant literature, students move on to researching any gaps and information needed to impact their particular context. Considering how you might focus your own work in the DGL? Visit our Digital Commons for a list of titles and abstracts from prior graduates’ dissertations.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The DGL is a 54-unit program; please check the Tuition and Fees schedule for current per-unit tuition rates. Students should also consider the cost of books, as well as travel and lodging for the annual intensives (if applicable).
New Student Scholarships vary by program and quarter. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information about scholarships you may qualify for. US Citizens and Permanent Residents may also apply for US federal aid and work study. Additionally, missionaries from these partner mission agencies are eligible to receive a 30 percent tuition discount.
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