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Advanced Certificate in Global Leadership

(15 hours – excluding requisites)

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

The Advanced Certificate in Global Leadership prepares students to work creatively in a global context. DBU offers master's level coursework that provides specific preparation in cross-cultural adaptation. Students learn to function professionally and proficiently in the international environment, to manage multicultural and multiethnic dynamics, and to develop positive strategies to impact societies in viable ways that respect and preserve their unique cultural heritage. All studies at DBU seek to integrate Christian faith with all dimensions of learning.

These courses incorporate knowledge into specific cultural practices, comprehension of the dynamics of cross-cultural adaptation and interaction, application of cross-cultural skills to the challenges of entering new social environments, analysis of best practices in achieving cross-cultural interaction, synthesis of different systems and theories of intercultural relationships, and evaluation of the results of intercultural efforts.

The five courses comprise a 15-credit-hour course of study designed to promote proficiency in specific competencies required to do effective work in the global community. The certificate is recommended for students engaged in research and promotion of increased global awareness, promoting globalization in business, serving humanitarian needs through NGOs, getting involved in private-sector relief and development efforts, or working in Christian missions.

REQUIRED COURSES (excluding requisites)


MAGL 5330 - Introduction to Missiology

MAGL 5331 - Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry

MAGL 5332 - Strategies for Missionary Work

MAGL 5335 - Biographies of Outstanding Missionaries

MAGL 5340 - Integrating Faith and Cultures

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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