PhD - Missiology

Doctor of Philosophy - Missiology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology degree represents the highest academic credential in the study of the intersection of globalization and Christianity. It is designed to provide exceptional candidates the opportunity to design, develop and complete a customized research plan in consultation with faculty advisors through a customizable tutorial-driven process (problem formulation, review of the literature, research methodology, presentation of findings, and conclusions).

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters Degree from an accredited college, university or seminary

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 60 Credit Hours
  • Required Courses: 48 Credit hours
  • Dissertation: 12 Credit hours

TUITION AND FEES

  • Onetime application fee: $50
  • Monthly Learning Assessment and Technology fee: $125
  • Dissertation guidance and defense: $750
  • The cost of Textbooks is not included
  • Students take 1 course every 8 weeks

Based on this, a PhD in Missiology Degree program can be completed for $4000 or less.

PhD in Missiology courses

PM900 GUIDE TO RESEARCH WRITING(6)

An introduction to English research writing style. At the end of the course the student will know the difference between academic writing, and other types of writings. The student will demonstrate compency in Research Writing by preparing an annotated bibliography of no less than 20 peer reviewed articles published in the last five years in their area of interest.

PM908 Introduction to PhD in Missiology Research

A course preparing students to conduct upper-level graduate research and to write effectively. This course gives the proper foundation for writing the PhD in Missiology dissertation.

PM909 Intercultural Communication and Missions Anthropology

The course examines the literature of intercultural communication, focusing on cultural contexts and barriers, with implications for Christian witness, lifestyle and relationships. Cultural anthropological issues will be examined to determine their application to a Christian view of intercultural ministry and the discipline of missiology.

PM910 Global Hermeneutical Models

This course investigates the hermeneutical paradigms of various cultures and traditions in the majority world; the relationship between these cultural hermeneutical models will be evaluated in light of Christian hermeneutics.

PM911 Biblical Perspectives on Issues of Social Justice

This course investigates issues of social injustice, inequality and the exploitation of vulnerable groups in society. The course will seek to lay a solid biblical foundation for the church’s involvement in these issues. The course looks at the reasons why justice is not often a primary focus of the evangelical’s approach to outreach. Particular attention will be paid to international issues such as poverty, children at risk, racial discrimination, AIDS and international sex trafficking.

PM912 History of Christianity in Missiological Perspective

Topics in this course include discovering and evaluating several missiological paradigms evident in the expansion of Christianity, from its Biblical foundations and its early days in Jerusalem to its current global reach. The insights of historians and theorists will be evaluated as they detail the advance and decline of Christianity in particular locales and particular moments. There will be significant reflection on the nature of historical and theological interpretation of missionary activity as well as evaluation of the continuum from contextualization to syncretism.

PM913 Leaders in a Global Context

This course orients participants to the unique dynamics and requirements of a missionary practioner-scholoar in the area of globalization.

PM914: Theological Issues, Contextualization and Area Studies

This course enables students to respond to theological issues encountered in intercultural contexts, such as Trinitarian concerns, bibliology, local theologies, syncretism and Pentecostalism. Students will work with personally relevant area-specific case studies and principles of “doing theology” in another context will be analyzed

PM915 Missio Dei and the Contemporary World

An examination of missio Dei from biblical and ecclesiatical perspectives; this interdisciplinary study integrates theory and praxis, preparing the student to develop strategies for accomplishing the mission of God in diverse cultural milieus.

PM916 Evangelizing, Discipling and Church Planting Evangelism, discipleship and church planting are essential to the furtherance of God’s Kingdom among all peoples. This course will inform and empower the student to learn and apply Gailyn Van Rheenen’s missional helix as a process to do theological reflection, glean historical perspective, apply cultural analysis and develop strategic formations to evangelize individuals, disciple new converts and church plant anywhere in the world.

PM917 Contemporary Social Issues in Mission

This course will identify the major global issues of injustice that impact women, children and minority people groups, such as human sexual trafficking, children at risk and human rights abuses. It will explore issues that impact on development such as AIDS and other international health crises, urbanization trends, global economic threats, wars and refugees and environmental issues. It will provide a critical overview of best practice interventions by international agencies and Christian relief and development organizations who address these global issues of social injustice.

PM918 Methods of Missiological Research I

This course provides an introduction to the approaches to research design and research methods employed in missiological research. Attention will be given to each of the major components of an applied research project: problem formulation, review of the literature, research methodology, presentation of findings, and conclusions.

PM919 Methods of Missiological Research II

Building on skills acquired in PM900, PM908 and PM918, the student is expected to complete chapter I of their dissertation.

PM920 Methods of Missiological Research III

Building on skills acquired in PM900, PM908 and PM918, the student is expected to complete chapter II of their dissertation.

PM921 Methods of Missiological Research IV

Building on skills acquired in PM900, PM908 and PM918, the student is expected to complete chapter III of their dissertation.

PM922 Methods of Missiological Research V

Building on skills acquired in PM900, PM908 and PM918, the student is expected to complete chapter IV of their dissertation.

PM923 Methods of Missiological Research VI

Building on skills acquired in PM900, PM908 and PM918, the student is expected to complete chapter V of their dissertation.