Graduate Certificate in Missions

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Program Snapshot

9-18 Credit Hours 3-6 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date June 3

Bring the hope of Christ to the ends of the earth.

This Graduate Certificate equips men and women for cross-cultural missions work, with particular emphasis on practical implementation of missions practices to advance the gospel at home or abroad.

Be trained to make disciples of all nations.

Students pursuing Missions with the Southern M.Div. may complete a 9 hour Graduate Certificate, or an 18 hour Advanced Graduate Certificate en route to their degree.

Choose any 3 courses. Students pursuing the Advanced Graduate Certificate will take all 6 courses:

Graduate Certificate in Missions
Course Number Description Credit Hours
32310 Spiritual Warfare in Christian Ministry 3
32750 Biblical Basis and Historical Foundations of Missions 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
33020 Leadership in Intercultural Context 3
33100 Principles and Practice of Missions 3
33420 Ethnographic Research and Cultural Acquisition 3

The Advanced Graduate Certificate has not been fully developed for online learning.

Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in matters related to Islamic history, texts, and theology as they relate to Christian missions and ministry.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Missions equips men and women for cross-cultural missions work, with particular emphasis on practical implementation of missions practices to advance the gospel at home or abroad.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Graduate Certificates are open to M.Div. students or alumni.

Students may apply for the Master of Divinity with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major). It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application)

Missions faculty include:

George H. Martin

Professor of Christian Missions and World Religions

J. Keith McKinley

Associate Professor of Christian Missions

Paul M. Akin


Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

Access academic advising, writing assistance, language tutoring and more as a Southern Seminary online or on-campus student.

Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization

Connecting the classroom to the mission field.

The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization offers opportunities for you to glorify Christ as you engage unbelievers in Louisville, North America, and to the ends of the earth.

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Phone: (502) 897-4200

Text: (502) 305-3554


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