Enrollment into the DMiss program begins with applying to a specific cohort. DMiss launches several cohorts per year, so please refer to the Upcoming Cohorts page for dates and cohort information.

You may contact the Fuller Office of Admissions to learn more about the DMiss program and the application process:

1-800-2FULLER (1-800-238-5537) or 626-584-5400
admissions@fuller.edu ; kreddow@fuller.edu

Is the DMiss right for you?

The Doctor of Missiology degree program is right for you, if...


...you are an in-service leader.

The Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) is designed for Christian leaders who are currently serving in missional ministry contexts and who have a minimum of 5 years of significant missional experience.


...you aspire to affect change in your context.

The DMiss assists you in conducting missiological research that will address a problem or opportunity arising in your current ministry. From your research you will suggest practical and concrete application steps to see change in current ministry practices. Your work done in the DMiss will apply directly to the work and ministry in which you are engaged.


...you prefer to study part-time.

The DMiss is designed to be completed in 4 years. Because you will remain in your current ministry role, you will work through the DMiss program on a part-time basis and can expect to spend an average of 12-15 hours per week on DMiss coursework.


...you want to stay where you are.

The DMiss degree program allows you to remain fully engaged in your current ministry context and leadership role. You will be required to attend one 2-week intensive course on campus each year, while completing coursework and conducting research from your current location.


...you enjoy learning in a community of peers.

As a Dmiss student you will join a cohort of 8-12 peers, which is a collaborative learning community in which you will dialogue with, learn from, and critically engage other members as guided by the cohort faculty mentor(s). While much of your coursework and research will be completed independently, you and your cohort members will interact on a regular basis.

For What?

...you desire further equipping for transformational missional practice.

As a DMiss student you will:
-forge new paradigms of missional engagement.
-uncover new ways for directly impacting practical ministry, and
-maximize leadership potential within your ministry.

Admission Requirements

Doctor of Missiology (DMiss)

Admission Requirements

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.

All Applicants

  • 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

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

  1. Ministry Experience Statement
  2. Focus Statement
  3. Writing Sample Assignment
  4. Ten-Page 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 experience.

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 influence)
  • Where the doctoral field research would be done
  • 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 bibliography
  • Sustain an argument or discussion, integrate ideas, critique relevant literature, and suggest conclusions
  • Reflect on the missiological and theological relevance of the chosen topic

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 accepted.

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.
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.

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 ability to:

  • 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
  1. 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

  2. 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.

Preparatory Status

The DMiss Preparatory Status enables master degree applicants who do not meet the prerequisite requirement in graduate-level coursework for direct admission to the Doctor of Missiology degree, to apply and have their application reviewed. The Admissions Committee will make recommendations on any outstanding prerequisites in missiology and/or theology, which the applicant is welcome to take at Fuller or any other accredited institution. Under this status applicants are afforded the knowledge of future acceptance to a DMiss cohort once any prerequisite master level coursework has been successfully completed* Once this is confirmed, the student's status becomes a regular admission and the student may begin the program with an upcoming cohort.

* Preparatory Status Admit students must successfully complete the prerequisite coursework with a GPA of 3.4 or higher within 2 years. Failure to do so will cause the conditional admission to the DMiss program to be revoked.

Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition for one year of study in the DMiss program (12 units) in the Summer 2015-Spring 2016 academic year is $6420. Travel and lodging for the two week cohort intensive and purchasing books are the students' responsibility. A rough estimate of 1 year of study in the program (including travel, lodging and books) is $9,000 USD.

Financial Aid

US Citizens are eligible for Federal Financial Aid

Once admitted, all new students should apply via Student Financial Services for grants and/or Federal aid. Students may apply at any time for Charles E. Fuller funds (usually about a 15% tuition grant to those who qualify).

The yearly application deadline for returning students to apply for all endowed scholarships, financial aid and Charles E. Fuller* is usually in early March. Aid awarded would be for the Summer-Spring school year (eg. early March 2016 deadline for any aid for courses taken Summer 2016 -Spring 2017). A helpful reminder is to think "Financial Forms February" so you can be sure to submit your Financial Aid Application(s) on time!

*Charles E Fuller may be applied for at any time. Grants are awarded based on what is left in the fund at the time of application, so it is wise to apply as soon as admitted to the DMiss, or by the returning students application deadline.

NOTE: Spring Term is at the end of the financial aid year. At the time of admittance, NEW Spring Cohort Students would submit for BOTH the current year spring term (new student, Charles E Fuller funds) AND the next year, returning student spring term aid at the same time.

  • Spring Admits Example - Admitted Spring 2016?: Submit aid application as a new student for Spring 2016 courses [Su2015-Sp2016 Aid Year] AND submit an application as a returning student for Spring 2017 courses [Su2016-Sp2017 Aid Year] by the deadline.
  • Winter Admits Example - Admitted Winter 2016?: Submit aid application for Winter 2016 courses asap [Su2015-Sp2016 Aid Year], and then in February 2016 submit as a returning student for Winter 2017 courses [Su2016-Sp2017 Aid Year] .

PLEASE BE AWARE: Everyone must submit the Fuller Financial Aid Application (sometimes called "FAAP") in order to be considered for any aid. The endowed scholarships application(s) is a separate form and, depending upon the scholarship, may require a reference and/or essay, but such will not be considered without an accompanying FAAP form.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?: sfs@fuller.edu

Additional Resources on Aid, Grants and Scholarships from outside sources

International Students

A Word to our International Students (Students with residence and citizenship outside the United States):

As an international student, in order to be admitted to Fuller, you must take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) if English is not your first language. A score of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test) on the TOEFL examination is required to begin courses.

A student may petition to waive the TOEFL requirement if a baccalaureate degree was earned recently from a recognized institution where English was the language of instruction. For further details regarding a waiver, the student should email the Admissions Department.

Visa Requirements
As part of their coursework for the DMiss program, Dmiss students are required to attend a 2-week seminar each year, during the first 3 years. The final year requires a one-week integration seminar. Dissertation defenses are scheduled separately with each cohort.

According to the US Department of State, if you are going to the U.S. and our course of study is more than 18 hours a week, you will need a student (F-1) visa. This rule also applies to students in any of the tourist visa waiver countries.

All "non-U.S. citizen" international students will need visa documents (I-20) from Fuller to enter the United States on a student visa. These students are also required to submit a financial guarantee. The financial guarantee must be from the source(s) that will actually provide the funds for study and living expenses.

Additional information on the F-1 and I-20 visa documents has been made available by the International Services Office. Please contact them for further information regarding visa requirements, financial guarantee information and any arrival details; you can reach the International Services office by calling 626-584-5398 or by emailing hpurtee@fuller.edu

Application Deadlines

Application Completion Deadline Admittance Decision Notification by:
October 23, 2015 November 30, 2015
updated to February 5, 2016 February 29, 2016
April 15, 2016 May 16, 2016
July 22, 2016 August 22, 2016

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