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Admission to Master of Arts in Global Urban Leadership (MAGUL) Program

Admission to the Master of Arts in Global Urban Leadership (MAGUL) program at BGU is based on a selection process conducted by the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). The AAC reviews each application thoroughly to determine the applicant’s qualifications as well as compatibility of the university programs to the applicant's educational goals. The applicant will be presented to the AAC for consideration after all required application materials have been received by the university.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to provide documents attesting to:

  1. Academic Credential
    A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent;


    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). Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted under the Special Student Admission Status.

  2. Leadership/Ministry Experience

    Involvement in ministry (although students seeking understanding and training in ministry may be accepted when there is evidence of sufficient maturity; and

  3. English Language
    Each student must demonstrate English-proficiency by: (1) showing that it is his/her native language, or (2) by having successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate school program in which English is the primary method of instruction, or (3) exhibiting sufficient English-language capabilities to succeed in the classroom and in the BGU MAGUL program as measured by a score of not less than 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or TOEFL-equivalent exams taken within the last five years. As an alternative to the TOEFL, BGU will accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), where the students have scored 6.5 or better.

    Alternatively, if the student is from Mainland China, he or she will be required to attend the Total Immersion Program (TIP) that is held at Beijing University and must present a copy of the certificate that is awarded at the completion of that program. All students who are admitted using the TIP program will be admitted on a conditional basis. Once the student has successfully completed their first three courses (9 credit hours), they may be admitted under regular status if their course performance has proven satisfactory for graduate level work.