Program Description

The MA in Global Leadership (MAGL) is a 36-credit program comprised of online learning and intensive on-campus residencies designed to build and enhance globally minded leadership and management capabilities. The MAGL program is typically offered as a 24-month program; however, students can also choose a 13-month intensive option in which they double the number of courses taken at a time allowing them to complete their program in close to half of the time.

Specific topics covered in the program include:

  • the competencies of global leadership as foundational knowledge for all professionals and business executives working in an international context or having global purposes, 
  • drivers of global change and how to respond to them
  • socio-political and economic analysis in the global context, 
  • social purpose organizational dynamics and performance, 
  • models of community development 
  • how to manage conflict and tensions across multi-cultural contexts, 
  • strategic analysis and decision making,
  • intercultural communication and skill building , personal resiliency and adaptability. 
  • project management and evaluation, and,
  • stakeholder analysis, and authentic collaboration.

The first course of the program is online and addresses the foundations of global leadership. During the program students are required to participate in a two-week on-campus residency. The residency course is followed by a second one-week residency and four elective online courses.

The program courses specifically support the development of core knowledge, aptitudes, and skills of global leadership at the personal, community, and organizational levels.  Elective courses will further support students to explore topics of interest and/or relevance in specific sectors of practice. Elective offerings also include an international field trip* to embed experiential practice with theory.

MAGL graduates will develop the competencies to lead and manage change processes, build collaborative teams, create effective interagency partnerships, design and evaluate programs, foster innovation and creativity, communicate results and work effectively and respectfully across cultures, generations, and contexts.

*Students must pay a field trip fee in addition to the GBLD535 course fee, meals, personal expenses, insurance and airfare. The field trip fee for Ecuador in September 2019 is $1500 USD. Fees payable for future international field trips are subject to change.

Who It’s For  

This program is well suited for professionals and executives who work in a global context within their own country or an international setting and who wish to be more globally minded, self-aware and resilient. They are able to work with people of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds, and are anchored to values of social purpose and sustainability. This includes professionals who work or desire to work in community based organizations, government organizations, international NGOs, international government organizations, indigenous organizations, international training or institutions of higher education or other types of organizations that have a globally oriented social purpose or peace keeping mission.

In the 24 month program, students take one on-line course at a time,  following the intensive on-campus residency.  Each on-line course requires approximately 12-18 hours of effort each week (depending on past academic experience), for a period of ten weeks.  In the 13-month program, the level of effort is double - approximately 24-36 hours per week. Previous academic experience with reading academic materials and writing papers is strongly recommended for those taking the 13 month program.

While the 24-month regular option allows students to continue to work while completing the program, the 13-month intensive option is better suited for individuals wishing to dedicate their complete attention to their studies or at least working in a reduced capacity.


Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to global leadership including;  

  • personal awareness working in a global context,
  • leading in a diverse global context,  
  • driving sustainable change in complex environments, and  
  • building global networks to support life-long learning, continued growth and development in the global context.