Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in Global Ministry

A Master of Divinity at GCU opens a pathway in service to the Church. It appeals to learners who have devoted their lives to ministry and faith. The Master of Divinity is a standard theology degree that sets the stage for ordained professional ministry and the foundational elements for a successful academic career.

The emphasis in Global Ministry reflects the demands placed on mission leaders who thrive internationally in a cross-cultural ministry setting. The program offers an additional skillset for contextualized gospel ministry.

Learners are exposed to a profound depth of biblical and theological knowledge, as they nurture the skills of a leader in Christian study. An integrative examination of the bible allows a scholar to deeply connect with the world through powerful expository sermons that deliver the word of God in its true intent.

Course Content

The program's pastorally oriented curriculum emphasizes several key areas, which include:

  • The centrality of the gospel
  • The significance of the church, and
  • The pressing need to advance the Kingdom of God through missions

The crucial components of a well-rounded theological education are captured in this online theology degree, inspiring a life of faithful ministry. Early in the Master of Divinity in Global Ministry program, learners progress through a series of focused interpretive classes on the Bible that instill a precise understanding of the Word of God. Learners explore the great doctrines of Christian faith and the significance of these doctrines in life and ministry.

After establishing a strong foundation in biblical and theological knowledge, the Master of Divinity in Global Ministry program turns its attention from the study of Scripture to the contexts where ministry happens. Learners investigate the major world religions and ideologies from an evangelical perspective.

This investigation lays the foundation that cross-cultural bridges are built upon, through careful consideration of the appropriate Christian response toward other religious systems.

A comprehensive study of global Christianity follows. It constructs a framework to establish self-sustainable churches that are culturally authentic. And, it examines the mission and purposes that God and His people have among the nations of this world.


The flexible residency component in the online Master of Divinity is suited to a scholar's geographical preference to engage professional development and mutual encouragement. At regular intervals in the program, residency opportunities can effectively hone interpersonal skills, cultivate communicative abilities and develop biblical leadership qualities.

The immersive concept for residency has the power to strengthen the relationships that are rooted in a community, aligned with the dynamic capabilities of GCU's online programs.

At the same time, the spiritual depth at GCU's College of Theology deepens a scholar's ability to develop Christ-like character inwardly. Learners are equipped to minister with wisdom and sensitivity in a community of faith and as leaders in the public domain.

Global Ministry Components

  • The Christian Faith and World Religions
  • Contextualized Church Planting
  • Anthropological Principles for Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Christian Worldview and Mission
  • Global Christianity

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.