Korean Master of Divinity Global Leadership

Master of Divinity
Korean Global Leadership

ACTS offers a Master of Divinity program in Korean language, with a vocational focus in Global Leadership Studies. This program prepares individuals whose first language is Korean to provide intercultural leadership for congregations and Christian agencies being affected by globalization and cultural change. 

This MDV program and specialization is overseen by the Northwest Baptist Seminary, one of our member seminaries. This Canadian degree program, when completed, is awarded conjointly by Trinity Western University and Northwest Baptist Seminary, and is offered within the general ATS accreditation which ACTS has received for its MDV degree from ATS. This degree program offers pastoral leadership development for Korean Christians working in Canada, as well as believers in the worldwide Korean diaspora.
  1. The purpose of the degree is to develop global Christian leaders who will have a love and compassion for others growing out of their strong commitment to Jesus Christ and the Bible. Global leadership competence is developed through classroom and church-based studies, which develop spiritual maturity, biblical understanding, theological knowledge and practical skills. Graduates are equipped to develop and lead healthy, culturally diverse congregations.
  2. Candidates will apply for admission to the MDV through the ACTS admissions office, using the normal application process and forms. This can be done online and assistance is available through Korean-speaking staff working within Northwest Baptist Seminary. There is no IBT English level requirement for admission to this program. However, should an individual admitted to this program desire to transfer to another ACTS degree program, normal IBT English requirements will apply.
  3. Transfer of credit into this program will follow normal ACTS transfer policies.
  4. The majority of courses are offered in Korean language, but some are offered in English with translation into Korean.
  5. The total credits required to graduate will be 91 semester hours of credit.
  6. Applicants who already have an undergraduate or graduate degree in biblical studies or theology, will not have to take BIB 500Q and THS 540Q.  Also, it is possible that applicants may transfer in some graduate courses.Evaluation of all transfer credits must occur at the time of admission. For courses to be considered for transfer, they must have been taken at a government approved graduate theology school in Korea or an ATS accredited institution in North America. For an evaluation of possible transfer credits, please consult with Dr. Daniel Park or Dr. Larry Perkins, program leaders. 
  7. ACTS fees and tuition rates apply for all courses and are due and payable prior to the beginning of each semester in Canadian funds.
  8. Applicants admitted to the program have standing as ACTS students and therefore are regarded as graduate students of Trinity Western University, as well as ACTS. Students received a TWU graduate student card. Several of the benefits include access to the TWU Library, the TWU Wellness Centre and the Collegium facility in the Fosmark Centre (TWU). Students are also members of the TWU Graduate Student Association and are required to pay the normal fees for such membership.
  9. Parking on campus is available. Students may purchase a semester parking pass from TWU or pay daily parking fees.
  10. Students have full TWU library privileges.
  11. All students complete the Assessing Ministry Formation (AMF) survey at three points in their program. In addition as part of several courses students complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) during the program. Both of these evaluation instruments are taken in Korean and analysis is offered by trained faculty.


Courses in this program are offered directly in Korean language or through translation. The Program Director is Larry Perkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Biblical Studies, assisted by Daniel Park, DTH, DMN, who is responsible for student services and recruitment. Dr. Park is the lead pastor of the Global Korean Missions Centre (Canada). He has authored several books including Daily Worship to God (1997) and Church Administration (1998), both published in Korea. Students must complete 91 semester hours of credit to graduate with the degree.

MDV Korean Global Leadership Program Template

Admission and Graduation Information

General admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or Bible college. A pre- seminary undergraduate program with at least two semesters of Greek language instruction is the most desirable preparation.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Supportive and suitable references, including a Letter of Recommendation from a lead pastor where the candidate has previously served in some capacity either paid or volunteer.
  • Evidence of biblical conversion, a commitment to obedient discipleship, and awareness of God’s call to pastoral or church-related ministry
Students may transfer into the program a maximum of 15 courses (45 credits) successfully completed with at least a B grade from previous graduate studies taken through a government registered seminary or university in Korea or through an ATS accredited institution in North America.

Transfer courses have to be master’s level. Such courses should match to a large degree the content of selected, equivalent MDV courses offered by ACTS. To qualify for transfer, students must present their transcripts with their application for the program and have the transfer credits identified and evaluated as part of the normal admissions process.

The academic leaders of the MDV Global Christian Leadership Korean Language program determine the amount of transfer credit that will be awarded.

Graduation requirements include:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.50;
  • Completion of all courses and internships;
  • Completion of at least 45 semester hours of credit at ACTS in the program;
  • Give evidence of consistent Christian character, conduct and biblical faith, and recommendation accordingly by the faculty.

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