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Wheaton College Announces New M.A. in Global Leadership

February 21, 2020

New master’s program to educate skilled, spiritually grounded leaders for the international marketplace and nonprofit organizations

Billy Graham Center at NightTo equip Christians to lead businesses and nonprofits with skill and spiritual grounding, Wheaton College will launch a new M.A. in Global Leadership program beginning Fall 2020. The program is an outgrowth of a relationship the College has fostered with the Global Leadership Summit, a Christian leadership conference that draws approximately 400,000 people annually. Global Leadership students will take classes primarily online with just two to three campus visits per year. 

“Our joint vision is to deepen the scholarship and expand the influence of leaders within their local settings around the world,” said Wheaton College Associate Professor of Evangelism & Leadership Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann. “This degree is one way in which Wheaton is fulfilling this vision.”

Led by a Wheaton College team that includes Scheuermann, as well as Associate Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, & Leadership Dr. Junias Venugopal, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism Executive Director Dr. Ed Stetzer, and Norris A. Aldeen Professor of Business Dr. Paul Lee, the M.A. in Global Leadership is geared toward anyone who desires to raise their level of leadership both practically and spiritually.

“We’re thrilled about the cross-functional team leading our new M.A. in Global Leadership, Stetzer said. “M.A. students will not only receive academic grounding and a host of practical skills, they will also be learning from professors who have years and years of global leadership experience in a variety of settings. “

The degree differs from some of Wheaton’s other graduate programs in the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, which have greater focus on ministry contexts. “This degree program will especially serve those who are in the marketplace and other non-profit contexts,” Scheuermann said. The program is also unique in that it welcomes Global Leadership Summit attendees to participate in certificate options wrapped around the summit that helps them earn academic credit toward this M.A.

In this flexible program, students will take classes in communication, personal and team development, organizational change, and research. The flexible format allows students currently working or those who have other responsibilities to complete their coursework online—only coming to campus two or three times a year. For part-time students taking courses in Fall, Spring, and Summer, the 40-credit program can be completed in two-to-three years. 

“Wheaton College will be providing its undergraduate students, alumni, and other Christian leaders the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills at the graduate level, so that they are able to effectively lead colleagues to efficiently achieve their goals,” Venugopal said. “We, at MML, are excited to launch a program that will focus on how a Christian leads in the global marketplace in culturally savvy ways.”--Emily Bratcher

It’s easy to apply, so why not join our inaugural class today!