Director, Associate Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, Associate Professor Junias Venugopal

Our mission for this program is to "develop academically grounded, spiritually maturing, and practically skilled leaders able to lead in global marketplace and nonprofit organizations in culturally savvy ways for Christ and His Kingdom." The structure of the 36 credit hour degree is designed to give students analytical, practical, and theological tools for leadership in multiple contexts.

When our students graduate, we anticipate they will have become...

  • Leaders who are able to fruitfully guide organizational strategy and manage change.
  • Leaders who are able to develop themselves and diverse others.
  • Leaders who are able to articulate and demonstrate the relationship of Christian mission and values with personal vocation.
  • Leaders who are able to engage critically with leadership theory and practice.

Admission to the Global Leadership program is open both to those serving or preparing to work in both marketplace and ministry roles. Admission does not require a specific undergraduate major or a prescribed set of courses, but students are expected to have demonstrated leadership experience and possess proficiency in written and spoken English. Accelerated MA students can take classes Junior and Senior year that do not count towards their bachelor's degree but which will count towards the MA should they matriculate in the accelerated MA program.

The program leading to a Master of Arts in Global Leadership degree consists of the successful completion of 36 credit hours:

LEAD 557Foundations of Leadership in a Globalized World4
LEAD 559Organizational and Change Leadership4
LEAD 662Leading Multicultural Teams2
MML 503Cultural Engagement2
MML 512Leadership and Spiritual Formation4
MML 513Theological and Systematic Foundation of the missio Dei 4
LEAD 652Strategic Management2
Biblical and Theological Studies Requirement4
Select an approved 4-credit BITH course from the approved Category I list
Electives10
Students should take at least one elective course (2 or 4 credits) from the LEAD designation and the remaining credits may be taken from available and accessible courses in the Wheaton College Graduate School.
Total Credits36

As part of this 36-credit program, all graduate students are required to complete a theological studies requirement of 6 credit hours. For Global Leadership students, this consists of MML 513 Theological and Systematic Foundation of the missio Dei  plus a 4-hour course from the approved Category I listing in the Graduate School section of this catalog.

Masters in Global Leadership: Outdoor Ministry Track

The purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Global Leadership track in Outdoor Ministries (GLOM) is to equip outdoor ministry professionals as an academically grounded, spiritually maturing, and practically skilled leaders who are able to lead in their organizations in culturally savvy ways for Christ and His Kingdom. This track is specifically designed for those called to provide leadership in the outdoor ministry field in a variety of contexts including camps, colleges, churches, non-profits, or for-profit organizations. It integrates core courses on the theology and practice of outdoor related ministry with core courses in Christ-centered leadership.

This MAGL track in Outdoor Ministry (GLOM) is directed through HoneyRock, Wheaton College's Center for Leadership Development in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Since 1951, HoneyRock has operated as an experiential leadership development laboratory that integrates leadership of camp programs with liberal arts training and coursework to develop leaders for Christ's church worldwide. HoneyRock operates as a fully functioning camp year-round, providing a variety of youth and undergraduate programs as the context for graduate student learning. Our faculty are fully engaged practitioner-scholars, simultaneously leading an outdoor adventure-based ministry while they study and teach in the field.

MML 512Leadership and Spiritual Formation4
MML 503Cultural Engagement2
LEAD 652Strategic Management2
LEAD 662Leading Multicultural Teams2
OAL 663Organizational Leadership and Staff Development in Outdoor Ministry4
OAL 549Program Philosophy and Planning4
OAL 662Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry4
OAL 682Integrative Seminar2
Biblical and Theological Studies Requirements
Select an approved 4-credit BITH course from the approved Category I List (BITH 565, BITH 566, BITH 576)4
Electives
Select 8 credits from one of the OAL specialization, any Global Leadership courses, or available and accessible courses in the Wheaton College Graduate School or at another college (with approval of OAL faculty).8
Total Credits36