New Master of Missiology Degree Now Available

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is now offering the Master of Missiology degree, a new Master’s degree that serves to equip, develop, and train students for a competent and biblically contextual ministry in a cross-cultural context.

The seminary, which operates five campuses, has received accreditation approval from WASC/ATS for the degree, and is now accepting registration for classes at the Northern and Southern California Campuses for the fall 2010 semester.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this degree, and both our California Campuses provide the ideal learning context,” said Dr. Eddie Pate, Golden Gate Seminary’s Chair, Intercultural Studies Department; Director, Kim School of Global Missions; and Associate Professor of Missions. He explained that this concentration will allow students to create strategies for identifying distinct peoples, needs, and opportunities in a city, and formulate a strategic response from the church.

The global concentration will equip students to be able to define and converse competently with regard to cultural diversity, change, world view, and worship and religious practices of the world. It will assist students to develop the tools necessary for cross-cultural living, communication, and adaptation toward effective missionary strategy and service.

“The Master’s degree in Missiology with an urban concentration will lead students to understand the complexity and unique environment that is the city in the west and the world,” said seminary president Jeff Iorg. “We know the future of world-shaping kingdom growth is in the cities, and our graduates succeed in their ministries in part because they will know how to minister in a large city environment.”

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

“Students will develop the capacity to communicate biblical truth to diverse cultures in clear and compelling ways,” said the seminary’s academic dean Michael Martin. He added that “special attention will be given to ministry in multi-cultural contexts typical of the large urban centers of our modern world.”

The degree joins the Seminary's three-year master of divinity degree which has long been offered with a concentration in missions. Additionally, Golden Gate Seminary entered into a partnership with Union University, called the Global Studies Partnership (GSP), to deliver both a theological master's degree and an intercultural studies degree in tandem. Unlike the three-year MDiv, the new master of missiology is a two-year theological master's degree focused on missiology concentrating on urban missions or global missions. It may be taken as a stand-alone degree or may be paired with the master of arts in international studies degree offered through Union, in Jackson, Tennessee.

For more information about the Master of Missiology degree, contact Golden Gate Seminary’s admissions office: call toll-free 1-888-442-8701 or email at