Master of Arts in Missiology

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Missiology is a specialized degree plan which allows students to integrate their theological preparation and direct missionary experience. New students interested in missions may apply for admission into this degree plan as well as missionaries who have completed 20 - 30 hours of graduate theological studies, served on the field for two years, and need to complete a master's degree in order to serve with a missions sending agency.1

Admission

To be admitted to the degree, a student must fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or equivalent.
  • A clear statement of intent to serve in a missions-related ministry.
  • A minimum of two years of missionary experience, or a written commitment to complete such experience before graduation.2

Integration of Theory and Practice

The degree requires students to integrate academic inquiry and missions practice in the exercise of a cross-cultural ministry. Candidates with prior experience evaluate their missions service under faculty supervision. Candidates without prior experience complete three semesters of field ministry with a mentor. Any student who discovers that the two years of missionary service requirement cannot be fulfilled must transfer to another degree program.

Academic Advising

The flexible degree requirements allow each student to develop an academic program to meet specific needs relevant to a particular ministry setting. In consultation with academic advisors, each student constructs a plan of study that addresses anticipated needs in practical ministry. The academic advisor guides the student in course selection.  The role of faculty in academic advising allows for a mentored approach to seminary education, as each candidate stresses development in areas relevant to anticipated ministry needs.

Degree Requirements

 

Course Title Course Number Hours

General Requirements

Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum MISSN 3100
0
Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Personal Evangelism Practicum EVANG 3000 0
Spiritual Formation I SPFEV 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFEV 3111 1
Applied Ministry I APLEV 4031 1
Applied Ministry II APLEV 4041 1

General Theological Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Basic Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Basic Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
Basic New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
Basic New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3003 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3013 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Greek or Hebrew 3   3
Greek or Hebrew 3   3

Studies in Missiology4

Introduction to Church Planting (North American or International) MISSN 4503 or 4493 3
Missionary Anthropology MISSN 4373 3
Missions elective or Church Planting in the Urban Context5 MISSN or MISSN 5453 3
Missions elective MISSN 3
Missions elective MISSN 3

Practical Missions Requirement (choose one of the following tracks)

Practicum Track (for candidates with previous experience)
Short-Term Missions Praxis MISSN 5533 3
Missions Mobilization Practicum MISSN 5543 3
 OR
Mentorship Track (for candidates who will complete simultaneous experience)
Missionary Distance Learning Orientation MISSN 3000 0
Great Commission Mentorship I (1st semester) APLEV 5602 2
Great Commission Mentorship II (2nd semester) APLEV 5612 2
Great Commission Mentorship III (3rd semester) APLEV 5622 2
  Total 67

 

1These hours usually count towards the 67-hour degree plan. Many missionaries with prior studies fulfill the residence requirement in one academic year while on stateside assignment or furlough. At least 30 hours of the degree must be taken at the Fort Worth campus.

2For acceptance into the degree program, each student must present a written plan that specifies how the two-year service requirement will be fulfilled prior to graduation.

3All 6 hours must be in one language: GREEK 3313 & 3323 or HEBRW 4313 & 4323.

4Students seeking a concentration in Hispanic Studies should take specific courses in lieu of the general courses listed under the Studies in Missiology heading above.  See the explanation of the Hispanic Studies concentration detailed below.

5Church Planting in the Urban Context (MISSN 5453) is required for students pursuing North American Church Planting through NAMB.

Hispanic Studies Concentration

This concentration is for those students who want to be involved in ministry to Hispanics.  The courses will be taught bilingually (English and Spanish) and assignments for these courses can be completed in either language. For this track program the student does not take Applied Ministry I & II and takes an additional course in the concentration making the total number of hours 68.

Studies in Missiology - Hispanic Studies Concentration

Missionary Anthropology MISSN 4373 3
Introduction to Hispanic Studies HSPST 3103 3
Evangelism & Church Planting in the Hispanic Culture
      (or Introduction to Church Planting)
HSPST 3403
 (or MISSN 4493 or 4503)
3
Hispanic Studies Elective5 HSPST 3
Hispanic Studies Elective HSPST 3
Hispanic Studies Elective HSPST 3
  Program Total with Hispanic Studies Concentration 68

 

Stewardship Concentration

For this concentration the student does not take Applied Ministry I & II and takes an additional course in the concentration making the total number of hours 68.

Studies in Missiology - Stewardship Concentration

Introduction to Church Planting
     (North American or International)
MISSN 4493
     or 4503
3
Missionary Anthropology MISSN 4373 3
Mission Elective MISSN 3
Mission Elective MISSN 3
History & Traditions of Biblical Stewardship STWLD 3303 3
Developing Resources for Your Church Ministry STWLD 3403 3

Additional Information

Click here for a suggested sequence of courses for the M.A. in Missiology.

Click here for a suggested sequence of courses for the M.A. in Missiology with a concentration in Hispanic Studies.

Click here for a suggested sequence of courses for the M.A. in Missiology with a concentration in Stewardship.

For additional information contact the Master's Programs Office in Fleming 209, or by mail at: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary P.O. Box 22356, Fort Worth, Texas 76122, or by phone at (817) 923-1921 ext. 6424

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