Master of Missiology

Master of Missiology (Urban or Global Specializations)

The Master of Missiology is a two-year theological master's degree focused on Christian ministry in cross cultural contexts. Students complete core courses in theological and biblical studies or ministry foundations. They then may choose to concentrate on global or urban missions, or they may select a number of "I" courses that focus on urban studies, global missiology, intercultural understanding, and church planting. 

The Master of Missiology Degree is a 49 hour master's degree that serves to equip, develop and train students for a competent and biblically contextual ministry in a cross-cultural context in either an urban or global setting. It is only offered at our Northern California campus.

Degree Objectives:
The Master of Missiology equips students to:
  1. Exhibit an introductory graduate-level understanding of the Bible's content, contexts, structure, and message; and demonstrate the ability to conduct solid research with a goal of properly applying the Bible to modern life. (S1112, S1113, S1312, S1313, S2521)
  2. Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian historical, theological, and ethical frameworks commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory. (L1113, L1211, L1212)
  3. Affirm God’s calling and explore areas of spiritual formation and self-awareness appropriate for ministry leadership. (P1111, P1121, P1122)
  4. Understand theory and develop practical skills and proficient strategy to be effective in communicating and living the Gospel in ecclesiological, missional, and intercultural contexts. (I1113, I1211, I2316)
  5. Be able to define and converse competently with regard to cultural diversity, change, world view, multicultural ministry and worship and religious practices of the world. (Intercultural studies electives)

Vocational Roles
The Master of Missiology is designed for students who sense God’s call to be missionaries, missions pastors, lay missions leaders, evangelism pastors, church planters or community ministry leaders in local churches or nonprofit organizations.

An appropriate accredited bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required.

Course Requirements
The Master of Missiology is comprised of the basic theological and biblical “masters core” (24 hours) offered by the seminary with an additional 6 hours of ministry foundations, followed by 19 hours of Missiology/ Intercultural Studies courses.

Course Title Course # Hours

Biblical/Theological Core (24 hours)
Old Testament Introduction I S1112 3
Old Testament Introduction II S1113 3
New Testament Introduction I S1312 3
New Testament Introduction II S1313 3
Church History I L1111 3
Church History II L1112 3
Christian Theology I L1211 3
Christian Theology II L1212 3

Foundational Core (6 hours)
Foundations for Ministry P1111 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum*
P1121 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum* P1122 2
Church Planting Apprenticeship (I2361 and I2362) may substitute for P1121 and P1122.

Missiology Core
Introduction to Missions I1211 3
Intercultural Communications I1113 3
Basic Evangelism
I1311 2
Missiology electives I____ 11
This General Track of the MMiss allows maximum flexibility for students to take missiology courses that provide the specific training desired in light of the vocational ministry anticipated.  The courses listed below under the "Urban Missiology" or "Global Missiology" concentrations are recommended for general training, but any "I" courses that meet the needs of the student are acceptable. For students who are preparing for IMB appointment, Biblical Hermeneutics S2521 may be taken in lieu of one 2 hour "I" class.

Urban Missiology Concentration (11 hrs)
Students seeking the MMiss with a Concentration in Urban Missiology must take the following 11 hours of course work in lieu of the 11 hours of missiology electives indicated in the "General Track" above.
The City -- Habitat for Humanity
I1131   (3 hrs)  
Principles of Urban Church Planting I2242   (2 hrs)  
Mission of the Urban Church I2243   (2 hrs)  
Urban Training Event I2253   (2 hrs)  
Community Organization and Services I2252   (2 hrs)  

Global Missiology Concentration (11 hrs)
Students seeking the MMiss with a Concentration in Global Missiology must take the following 11 hours of course work in lieu of the 11 hours of missiology electives indicated in the "General Track" above.
Global Cultures Worldview presuppositions I1121   (3 hrs)  
Anthropology I1112   (2 hrs)  
Theology of Christian Mission Seminar I2210   (3 hrs)  
Cultural Adaptation and Analysis I2122   (2 hrs)  
Public Communication in Intercultural Settings I2511   (2 hrs)  
I course elective
I____   (1 hr)  
Total hours required for graduation     49
*P1121 & P1122 must be taken in two consecutive terms. A total of 4 semester-hours credit for the courses will be given at the end of the second term. No credit is earned if both courses are not completed. Students must remain in the same Peer Reflection Group for the two terms.

For full-time student verification, students must be registered for 9 semester hours in any given semester and 24 hours for the year. VA students, please see Registrar for full-time student verification and additional information.