The Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies program is a professional graduate degree beyond the Bachelor of Arts or equivalent, designed to equip students for effective ministry as cross-cultural missionaries. This is a 90 semester hour program primarily related to preparation for the missionary ministry. The first two years of this program consists of prescribed on-campus studies. The final portion of the program may be completed in one of two ways:
(1) On-Campus Studies The final hours of academic studies may be completed by prescribed courses in residence at the Mid-America Cordova campus.
(2) On-Field Studies The final hours of academic studies may be completed by prescribed courses on an assigned mission field as students serve under a two-year or three-year appointment with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention through the International Service Corps. During the field appointment years, the students are actively involved in supervised functional field ministry as set forth in the job description prepared by the International Mission Board.
The Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies program is designed to promote in students growth toward personal maturity and professional ministry competence. The on-campus objectives of the program are accomplished through classroom instruction, the modeling of professors, the practice of ministry through the Practical Ministry program, and involvement in student organizations.
The Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies program seeks to guide students to develop the ability to understand and interpret the Christian faith in the light of its biblical, theological, and historical dimensions and to utilize insights gained from these disciplines for the effective practice of ministry in cross-cultural settings.
The objectives of the on-field study are accomplished through prescribed research, field ministry, and language acquisition under the immediate direction of experienced field missionaries and under the final auspices of the missions faculty at the Mid-America Cordova campus. Students enrolled in the "on field" option must meet the same practical missions requirements as those in the "on campus" option. The Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies program is academically equivalent to the Master of Divinity program and meets all prerequisite Masters level requirements for both the Doctor of Ministry program and the Doctor of Philosophy program.
All applicants to any master degree program must be at least twenty years old by the time of their first registration. All applicants to master degree programs must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor degree or equivalent (see the Catalog for full details and exceptions).
In order to qualify for graduation from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, students in the Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies program must satisfy the “General Requirements for Graduation” as set forth in the Catalog. In addition, students in the Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies program must complete ninety semester hours of courses specified in the course listing.
The Master of Missiology program includes two components:
(1) 60 semester hours of initial courses on campus
(2) 30 semester hours of advanced courses completed on campus or on-field while the student serves a two-year cross-cultural missionary appointment.
Master of Missiology (MMICS) Course Requirements
MMICS On-Campus and On-Field Program Course Requirements
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