Doctor of Missiology

Further the cause of world missions through advanced study, training and research.

Objectives

The Doctor of Missiology is a practitioner degree designed to enhance people, partnerships and publications that will advance the missions enterprise in scholarship, spirituality, service, and sacrifice through the critical strategizing of three cross-disciplines: church history, theology, and the social sciences. The program’s goal is to promote the development of teachers, missions administrators and consultants, Bible translators, church multipliers, curriculum developers, community developers, member care professionals, and business persons who will be able to conduct predominately cross-cultural ministries with greater conviction, clarity, competence, and compassion, without compromising the sacred Scriptures.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average.

  2. An appropriate accredited master's degree of which at least 9 credits will be in biblical and theological studies. A 3.00 GPA in their previous studies is required for admission.

  3. Those without intercultural/ missions or Bible / theology may have additional coursework added to their program.

  4. Demonstrate three years of cross cultural ministry experience.

  5. Present evidence of second language acquisition by credential, examination, or other acceptable verification.

  6. Writing: Applicants must submit a one-two page statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree will relate to those objectives, with possible dissertation topic included. Submit a writing sample in the form of an essay or research paper. Applicants should attach written statements to the application.

  7. Three letters of references on forms supplied by the school are required.

  8. Official transcripts for all previous schools attended are required.

  9. Conduct an oral interview with either the program director or his designate (may be completed over the phone).

  10. Application and all required materials must be submitted for Fall by April 15, for Spring by October 15. Applications may be submitted after deadlines (late fee of $55) but will only be considered if space and time allow. Late applications may be postponed to later terms.

Note: Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Program Requirements

The D Miss program requires a minimum of 40 credits to pass the master's degree, with 36 credits of course work and 4 credits for the capstone project. The 36 credit component of the program contains 6 credits of missiological foundations, 6 credits of theological integration, 18 credits of missiology/intercultural studies specialization courses and 6 credits of research methods. Students are encouraged to integrate each modular into their capstone project. A faculty advisor will guide each student in planning a program of courses to serve his or her ministry needs. Each student is expected to choose courses most appropriate to their research interest and will select a mentor from the graduate faculty to guide his or her capstone project. Admission into the graduate program of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies does not guarantee completion of the doctoral degree.

Foundational Missiological Courses (6 credits)

Choose 2 of the following courses: 

ISCL 709 Intercultural Communication 3
ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement 3
ISCL 761 Culture and Transformation 3
ISCL 765 Cross-cultural Leadership 3

Bible/Theology Courses (6 credits)

Choose 2 of the following courses: 

ISCL 722

Spiritual Conflicts in Crosscultural Context

3
or ISCL 724 Issues in Spiritual Warfare  
ISCL 744 Narrative in Scripture & Teaching 3
ISCL 751 Theology of Mission 3
ISCL 752 Acts: Biblical & Missiological 3
your choice Bible/Theology elective 3

Missiological Specializaiton Courses (18 credits)

Choose 6 of the following courses (without duplicating above):  

ISAN 721

Antrho Theory in Practice

3
or ISCL 853 Theoretical Issues in Cross-cultural Engagement  
ISAN 731 Culture, Cognition, and Worldview 3
ISAN 742 Social Organization 3
or ISAN 751 Social Anthropology*  
ISAN 761 Culture and Transformation 3
ISCL 727 Principles of Church Growth 3
ISCL 732 Church Planting Models & Strategies* 3
ISCL 735 Principles of Church Growth 3
ISCL 742 History of the World Christian Movement 3
ISCL 744 Narrative in Scripture & Teaching 3
ISCL 750 Contextualization 3
ISCL 765 Cross-Cultural Leadership* 3
ISCL 801 Method & Theory in Intercultural Studies 3
your choice Tutorial or Elective 3

Research Courses: (6 credits)

ISCL 803 Foundations of Doctoral Research 3
ISCL 883 Action-Reflection Research 3

Capstone Project: (4 credits)

ISCL 881 Dissertation Proposal 2
ISCL 880 Dissertation Field Research 2

Time Limit for Degree Completion

All course and academic requirements for the D.Miss. degree must be completed within 7 years, beginning on the date of the student’s first registration. Petitions for extension beyond 7 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students who may need extensive time on the field.

Withdrawal & Re-admission Procedures

A student who must drop out of school or is planning to return to field service must go through the formal withdrawal process. To return to active status the student should contact the program director and file a readmission form with the admissions office.

Leave of Absence

Inactive students are those who have requested and been granted Leave of Absence from the program. A Leave of Absence may be granted upon petition for change of status if there is deemed sufficient reason for interrupting the program and intention to return to the program. A Leave of Absence must be renewed by petition each semester and may not exceed two consecutive semesters. A Leave of Absence longer than two semesters will require withdrawal from the program and a petition for readmission if the student later wishes to regain active status. Each leave of absence must receive the approval of the student’s program advisor and the Dean of the school. Students on leave are required to register for ISCL 893 Leave of Absence each term.

Oral Interview

All students will have an oral interview with a faculty committee to evaluate their progress and potential for successful completion of the doctoral program. The interview is scheduled after one semester in residence and the completion of at least one significant piece of written work demonstrating the student’s skill in research writing. If needed, an oral interview with a faculty committee may be held to evaluate a student’s progress and potential for successful completion of the doctoral program. The interview will be scheduled after at least one significant piece of written work demonstrating the student’s skill in research writing is completed. The result of the interview will determine the student’s status within the program.

Admission to Candidacy

Students who successfully pass their course requirements reach candicacy and must register for a total of 4 capstone-project units prior to graduation. During the capstone project phase doctoral students are considered full time for a maximum of two years.

Candidates will select a chairperson from the graduate faculty to guide their capstone project.

If the doctoral candidate has not defended the capstone project by the time the 4 capstone project units are completed, the candidate must enroll continuously, in ISCL 892 Ph.D. Continuous Research, each semester until graduation. This enrollment carries no academic credit but maintains the student's continuous registration.

Capstone Project

The capstone project process begins with approval of a candidate's proposal before one's doctoral committee prior to beginning the student's field research. It is based upon ministry reflection and is expected to demonstrate the candidate's capacity to enhance ministry practice in its cultural context.

Final Oral Examination

The final examination is an oral defense of the capstone project before the doctoral committee and other invited guests.

Graduation Requirements

All students must present an acceptable capstone project and have completed all required course work with a minimum 3.00 GPA to qualify for graduation.

 

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