Doctor of Missiology (DMiss)
The DMiss program is designed for leaders with a minimum of five years of missional experience.
The following are requirements for completing the application process.
- Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
- Religious Autobiography, parts A and B
- A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online) or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
- Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended (undergraduate and graduate coursework). Graduate transcripts should include a balance of theology and/or missiology coursework totaling a minimum of 36 quarter units (27 semester units) and include the following minimum prerequisite coursework:
- Theology: 12 quarter units (9 semester units). Note that 8 of the 12 quarter units may be taken at the undergraduate level.
- Missiology: 12 quarter units (9 semester units)
- Note: Graduates of Fuller's MA in Global Leadership (MAGL) degree are deemed to have met these requirements
- Transcript evidence of obtaining a master's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher
- Three completed reference forms, including one academic reference and one pastoral/ministry reference
- A writing sample assignment (please click here for more information)
- A ten-page paper/essay based on three assigned books (please click here for more information)
- If your native language is not English or you have not completed an English-based master's program, you must either submit a test score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language ( TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System ( IELTS), Academic Format. Please click here for additional requirements.
- Please note that completing the GRE is not required for admission.
U.S. Permanent Residents and International Applicants
- If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States, you must submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to the Office of Admissions. No Declaration of Financial Support is required.
- If you are neither a citizen nor a Permanent Resident of the United States, please click here.
Application deadlines for upcoming Doctor of Missiology cohorts may be found by clicking here.
Paying for Grad School
Earning a DMiss is an investment in your future. We want to help you see more concretely what it costs to pursue a degree at Fuller, as well as the kinds of support available to you to potentially offset that cost. Click here to find average tuition for each of our programs, a cost estimator to help you calculate your approximate total expenses, and several questions and answers about your financial aid options with links to more information.
DMiss Application Guidelines
Paper/Essay Based on Three Assigned Books
1. Ministry Experience Statement
Please describe your ministry experience.
Provide a resume listing your professional
experience over the last 10 years. Please provide the name of the organization,
title of your position, a brief description of duties, and years of employment.
You must demonstrate that you have at least 5 years of significant ministry experience
and are actively engaged in a leadership role.
Please describe your cross-cultural ministry
If fluent in a language other than English,
please list the language(s), your level of proficiency, and your experience in
using the language(s) in a cross-cultural setting.
2. Focus Statement
The DMiss is a cohort-based doctoral degree
program designed for in-service leaders. The program assists students in
conducting missiological research that will address a problem or opportunity arising
within their context of ministry. Students’ research should be collected from
relevant literature, their communities, and their organizations, and
dissertations designed and written to propose practical and concrete
application steps to accomplish positive change in their respective
organizations, ministries, or churches.
Please provide a 500-word Focus Statement describing what you seek to address through the DMiss program. The Focus
Statement should include the following items:
- Proposed title of your dissertation
- Proposed research issues (arising from a problem or opportunity arising within
the context of the organization, ministry, or church where you have
- Where the doctoral field research would
- Personal and ministerial background
information which addresses how your ministry experience will inform your
doctoral research topic
3. Writing Sample Assignment
Applicants are expected to demonstrate graduate-level writing
competence via a writing sample of English work that is 15-30 pages in length
and demonstrates an applicant’s ability to:
- Write clearly and concisely, in a formal, academic manner, using appropriate citations and
- Sustain an argument or discussion, integrate ideas, critique relevant
literature, and suggest conclusions
- Reflect on the missiological and theological relevance of the
Ideally, the writing sample should reflect current writing and interests. It
may include one of the following:
- MA-level writing project
- MA- or ThM-level thesis
- Published book
- Published articles
- Doctoral dissertation in another field
NOTE: projects written more than 10 years ago will not be
4. Ten-Page Paper/Essay Based on
Three Assigned Books
Bosch, David J. 1991. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology
of Mission, American Society of Missiology Series, No. 16.
Glasser, F. Arthur, Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and
Shawn B. Redford. 2003. Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God's Mission
in the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Hiebert, Paul G., R. Daniel Shaw,
and Tite Tienou. 1999. Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to
Popular Beliefs and Practices. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
NOTE: These titles are currently all available online, in Kindle as well as print versions.
Respond to the below in a 10-page, double-spaced paper, answering
in as complete a manner as your reading, background knowledge of missiology,
and experience enables you.
Include appropriate citations. You may draw on your own missional experience
and/or anticipated doctoral study for examples of missiological principles; however, please note that this paper should demonstrate an applicant’s
- Write clearly and concisely
- Integrate ideas
- Interact with authors; and
interplay the authors ideas with one another
- Make application of the
literature to the applicant’s research interests
- Compare and
contrast how the three texts address the following:
- Biblical theology of mission
- The church’s role in the mission of God
- Contextualizing the gospel
- Discuss how
one or more of these texts address the topic of your proposed project and how
they help shape the understanding on which you base your project.