the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.A. – Missiology

The Master of Arts in Missiology is a graduate degree designed to provide training for missionaries and others who serve or plan to serve in intercultural ministry and church multiplication positions.

Students must have declared a call to missions, and the office of the dean must approve admission. In general, it is assumed that those who will serve in a teaching/preaching position will enroll in the M.Div. degree. Students who desire to do doctoral work should also be aware that the M.A.Miss. degree is a prerequisite degree for only the Doctor of Missiology degree, and entrance to that degree requires a minimum of two years of full-time cross-cultural experience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competent leadership in cross-cultural ministries and church multiplication.

Vocational Objectives

  • Church planting
  • Cross-cultural evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • International missions
  • North American missions
  • Urban evangelism
  • Missionary spouses
Master of Arts in Missiology
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)u (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (0)
Biblical and Theological Studies (32 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
26100 History of the Baptists 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
Great Commission Ministries (27 hours)
30960 Intercultural Communication 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
Cults and Minority Religions in America or
World Religions and Christian Mission
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
33820 Introduction to Church Planting 3
Great Commission Ministries Electives1 12
BGS Applied Ministry (2 hours)
Total Master of Arts in Missiology Requirements 61
Written Communication (if required) +2

uSee Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Specializations are available within the Master of Arts in Missiology degree program. Consult with the Associate Dean for Christian Missions for further guidance in this area.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.