Master of Missiology

Master of Missiology

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, ministry foundations and 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 an urban or global setting. It is only offered at campuses in Northern and Southern California.

Degree Objectives

The Master of Missiology equips students to:
  1. Exhibit an introductory graduate-level understanding of the Bible's content, contexts, structure, and messages; and demonstrate the ability to conduct solid research with a goal of properly interpreting and applying the Bible to modern life. (S1112, S1113, S1312, S1313)
  2. Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian historical and theological 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 hrs)
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 hrs)
Foundations for Ministry P1111 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum*
P1121 - P1122 4
* May substitute Church Planting Apprenticeship (I2361)

Missiology Core (8 hrs)
Introduction to Missions I1211 3
Intercultural Communications I1113 3
Basic Evangelism
I1311 2

General Track (11 hrs)
This track allows maximum flexibility for students to take electives as needed. The courses listed under the concentrations are recommended, but any "I" courses that meet the need of the student are acceptable.
"I" Course work *
      * Biblical Hermeneutics may be taken in lieu of one 2 hour "I" class.

OR  Urban Missiology Concentration (11 hrs)
The City -- Habitat for Humanity
I1131  3
Principles of Urban Church Planting I2242   2
Mission of the Urban Church I2243  2
Urban Training Event I2253   2
Community Organization and Services I2252    2

OR  Global Missiology Concentration (11 hrs)
Global Cultures Worldview Presuppositions I1121  3
Anthropology I1112    2
Theology of Christian Mission Seminar I2210  3
Cultural Adaptation and Analysis I2122    2
"I" course elective
I____    1

*P1121 & P1122 (TFE) must be taken in two consecutive terms in a fall-spring sequence only. 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. Variable credit is available by contracting with the TFE Office and identified on the TFE Application. Students must remain in the same Peer Reflection Group for the two terms.