Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Global Urban Leadership Degree from Bakke Graduate University is designed for urban ministry leaders that wish to enhance their leadership skills, particularly in relation to cities. Students in this program typically want to gain a greater understanding of the social, economic, physical, political, and environmental factors that influence any and all cities. This program focuses on interpretation of the Bible, Christian history, and theology in relation to incorporating God’s work into an urban environment. Students will receive instruction in current trends and innovations in urban relief, development, and advocacy so they may create approaches specific to an area’s given contexts.

Those enrolled in this program are usually involved in church, parachurch, and missions-related organizations, community programs, and urban or intercultural settings. To earn this Master of Arts Degree, candidates must complete 18 credits of theology courses, 15 credits in either a Leadership or Urban concentration, and 3 credits of work related to the Master’s Final Project required for program completion. Students will gain a practical understanding of how Christian ethics influence skills and knowledge so that graduates can incorporate them into values-based organizations and settings.

Students pursuing the Leadership concentration will focus on servant leadership, current issues in global urban leadership, and organizational transformation. The Urban concentration educates those enrolled in the nature of cities, advocacy, and community development. Some of the courses for these concentrations are in regard to a specific city, such as Chicago or Los Angeles. The Master’s Final Project combines theory and the practice and application of ministry. This project is completed with an approved advisor as a mentor, and is to be written in proper form and must make a contribution to the overall body of Christian ministry knowledge. To earn this degree, students must complete the required 36 credit hours while maintaining a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

In order to earn admission into this program, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and have some sort of involvement in ministry. Those not meeting these requirements may be admitted under Special Student status, providing they have at least five years of continuous ministry experience and submit a paper stating rationale for not having access to higher education.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

    Bakke Graduate University is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council to offer this degree.


    A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent and involvement in ministry.

    Students seeking understanding and training in ministry may be accepted when there is evidence of sufficient maturity. Applicants not holding a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent may apply to the MAGUL program under Special Student Admission Status. Requirements for this status include a minimum of five years of continuous ministry experience, a paper describing a good rationale for the student not having had access to higher education (e.g., religion, culture, geographic, etc.), and an assessment to be conducted by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC).

    School Overview

    Bakke Graduate University first arose in 1990 to serve pastors in the Washington State Region. Within a decade, transformations began as this originally designated Northwest Graduate School of Ministry underwent organizational changes, broadened degree programs, and then adopted its current name in 2005. With a main campus location in Seattle, Washington, the private, not-for-profit Bakke Graduate University retains a Christian-based education extending its classrooms to five continents.

    BGU degrees provide theological, operational, and personal skill sets for entry into the most diverse range of world realities; from a call and ministry with those in abject poverty, to a call and ministries with those in the corridors of the powerful. Students in all four programs are invited to attend courses with those in other degrees, thus providing them with the additional advantage of experiencing BGU’s unique geographic, cultural, and organizationally diverse relationships.

    Programs at Bakke are delivered in both online and hybrid formats. Hybrid classes may vary in location requiring virtual and on-campus/on-site participation. Classes, conducted via the BGU Global Online Campus, include discussions and class readings, in addition to the use of communication tools, like video conferencing.


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