The Doctor of Missiology program is designed for Missionaries, Church Planters, Sending Pastors, and Administrators/Teachers providing advanced formal education, guided reading in pertinent missiological literature, field experience, mentoring, and supervision.
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Students will demonstrate a mastery of the philosophical, historical, biblical, and anthropological disciplines rooted in a graduate-level understanding of the missiological disciplines.
CHURCH PLANTING PRACTITIONER
Students will demonstrate the capacity to serve as field experts through classroom, research, and practical experience teaching pastors in a variety of settings.
Students will apply ethnographic research and missiological principles to identify effective strategies for reaching and teaching peoples of other worldviews in culturally appropriate ways.
|Program of Study|
|Missiological Research Seminars||4|
|Foundational SeminarsCoursework covers topics such as:
|Total Program Requirements||64|
A working knowledge of one modern language (other than English) is required. The faculty supervisor must approve the language. The decision as to the language to be learned will take into consideration the student’s area of specialization, the field language that is appropriate to his or her missions work, and particular needs. Students for whom English is a second language may substitute English for the modern language.
A student demonstrates a working knowledge of a language by earning a passing grade either in a non-credit course offered under faculty supervision or on a doctoral language proficiency examination.
Comprehensive examinations are written examinations that correspond to the student’s doctoral study. Although doctoral seminars help to develop the student’s knowledge, they are not sufficient to acquire the breadth of knowledge that competency in a field mandates. Thus, preparation for comprehensive exams will begin immediately upon acceptance into the doctoral program and continue until the time that comprehensive examinations are taken. Guidance toward developing a plan of preparation for the exams will be offered by the student’s faculty supervisor.
A student may not be on Interrupted Status during the semester he or she takes the comprehensive examination. A notice of intention to take the comprehensive examination should be submitted to the Director of the Doctor of Missiology Program at the beginning of the semester when the examination will be taken.
In order to pass the comprehensive examination, the student must earn a score of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). If the student receives a grade lower than a “B”, his performance will be reviewed. Permission for a second examination may be granted. A second failure on the comprehensive examinations will result in forfeiture of Doctor of Missiology candidacy status.
“My studies at Southern have not only broadened my understanding concerning the mission of God and the urgency of the mandate of the Great Commission, but have also deepened and renewed my vision and passion for the Christian mission.”
Assistant Lecturer at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Miss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program at Southern Seminary. The following information is designed to give you insight into the D.Miss. application process. The D.Miss. application process occurs in three phases, which are described below. You can also look at the D.Miss. Program Process for a checklist of the steps that need to be taken.
Interested students should first examine the Admissions Requirements for the D.Miss. program to ensure that they meet the minimum standards to apply and understand what they have to include with the application.
Second, students will submit an application for the D.Miss. program to our Admissions office. Because the application includes several parts, we recommend that you submit as many parts as you can, as soon as you can. It normally takes a minimum of 1-2 months to turn in all the parts to the application. Please be aware that it can take up to a month for GRE scores to be sent to us after taking the exam. Your application must be fully complete in the Admissions Office prior to the stated application deadline to be considered.
The application deadline for summer matriculation is January 15.
The application deadline for winter matriculation is August 1.
After the application deadline, qualified students will progress to the second phase of the application process. In this phase, students will be given a D.Miss. Entrance Examination and will compose a 2000 word essay using the D.Miss. Entrance Exam Reader.
Once the applicant has completed the D.Miss. Entrance Exam a faculty interview will be scheduled. Faculty interviews provide our professors the opportunity to interact with applicants and allow applicants the chance to get to know the faculty. Students should prepare to discuss not only their research interests but also their personal interests.
|$1,000 down payment, balance due equally over 36 months.|
|Total cost for SBC students||$19,580|
|Total cost for non-SBC students||$32,697|
Students should allow at least three years of study to complete their program. Students who take longer than three years will be assessed an additional $2,000 fee for each semester of extension beyond the three-year limit. Under no circumstances shall a student extend the time of completion beyond six years.
An exception to these time limitations may be granted to students who are international missionaries and who study only during their periods of stateside assignment.
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