Master of Arts in Global Studies

You know God’s world is vast and beautiful. You know your place in it involves supporting people from all backgrounds through Christ. And you know you’re ready to do more. That’s exactly what a Master’s in Global Studies will prepare you for.

Through international- and multicultural-focused curriculum, you’ll study cultures and traditions different from your own, as well as the best practices of intercultural exchange and support—all with the gospel of Jesus Christ in mind.

What You’ll Learn

  • Biblical principles and models for participating in the global mission of God
  • Twenty-first-century strategies for participating in the global mission of God
  • How to conduct informed cultural analysis and population-segment research

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, two years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Global Studies students are as diverse as the world they study, coming from all walks of life and backgrounds. The same can be said of the careers they go on to pursue, everything from international relations, health care, and corporate work to education, ministry, and mission work.

  • Academic Careers: Teaching at colleges, seminaries, and universities; academic research and Ph.D. work
  • Church & Ministry: Minister or parachurch ministry professional
  • Missionary: Missionary team member, working cross-culturally both in the United States and abroad to help communities and draw people closer to God; mission-agency mobilizer; tentmaker
  • Outreach: Ethnic outreach coordinator; creative-access professional; international student worker
  • Private- and Public-Sector Work, Government and NGOs: Healthcare or business professional; human- or international-relations specialist; corporate employee; nonprofit worker

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Highly engaged, fieldwork-oriented classes
  • Multilingual professors who have lived internationally, doing the very work they’re teaching
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Program 1 Course of Study (48 hours) 

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
Bible and Theology 21
BIB 5112 Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts and Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentrations 18
Choose four courses from GLS or ICS. 12
GLS 5020 Introduction to Islam or 3
GLS 5600 Introduction to World Religions 3
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217-18 Focused Internships I and II 3

 

Program 2 Course of Study (48 hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Mission and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Concentration 18
Choose four courses from GLS or ICS 12
GLS 5020 Introduction to Islam or 3
GLS 5600 Introduction to World Religions  3
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6217-18 Internships I and II 3
Open Electives 12

Admission Requirements

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