The School of Intercultural Studies' Center for Missiological Research (CMR) contributes to the ministry and witness of the global church by equipping men and women from around the world for faithful leadership in missiological education and practice. CMR provides an exemplary doctoral level missiological program centered on a community of scholars drawn from around the world and equipped to address the seminal missiological issues facing the global church in this century.
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CMR Programs

The CMR incorporates three existing programs: both the PhD and ThM in Intercultural Studies and the postdoctoral fellowships offered by the Global Research Institute (GRI). The center also supports structured efforts at academic publication, the establishment of center associates, and regularly planned consortia.

ThM in Intercultural Studies

The Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies (ThM ICS) degree equips pastors, mission and denominational leaders to meet the challenge of ministering in an increasingly complex, multiethnic, multinational world. The ThM in Intercultural Studies provides students who have already earned the Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) the missiological framework for research and reflection by building on the biblical, theological, and historical studies gained through their previous work. The program enables practitioners to pursue concentrated coursework in one area of missiological study, culminating in a reflective and research-based thesis.

Graduates of the ThM ICS program will:

  • Gain a missiological framework for research and reflection building on biblical, theological, and historical understandings gained through previous studies;
  • Achieve advanced understanding of a specialized area of intercultural studies;
  • Have a foundational understanding of missiological research necessary for a thesis; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute advanced research in missiology culminating in a thesis.

PhD in Intercultural Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies (PhD ICS) degree, offered through Fuller's Center for Missiological Research (CMR), is designed to provide exceptional candidates the opportunity to design, develop and complete a customized research plan for the purpose of:

  • developing new theory that extends the domain of missiology;
  • making a practical contribution to the mission of the church;
  • mastering one or more principal disciplines that contribute to missiology;
  • learning how to do effective academic research;
  • advancing personal ability to think missiologically in a global context.

Along the way, students should also expect to:

  • gain supervised experience teaching at the graduate level;
  • actively participate as part of a community of scholars;
  • experience an integration of personal spirituality with academic life.

Global Research Institute

The principle of translation is at the heart of the gospel. It is epitomized in Jesus' incarnation and the cross-cultural expansion of the Church through the centuries as the Word of God is heard, experienced and appropriated within concrete human situation. The need for this principle to be reflected within theological education and related ministries presents the Church in every age and context with crucial challenges.

As such, one of the primary tasks of the theological enterprise is to provide local churches and Christian institutions with written material that reflects the history, needs, priorities and peculiarities of their specific contexts. Today this need is particularly compelling in Africa, Latin America and Asia where the Church is experiencing rapid growth.

Established in 1995, the Global Research Institute (GRI) at Fuller Theological Seminary helps to meet this need by offering fellowship to non-Western Christian scholars, enabling them to undertake final stage research and complete texts for the teaching ministry in their home countries. The GRI program operates out of Fuller's Center for Missiological Research (CMR).

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To provide an exemplary doctoral level missiological program centered on a community of scholars drawn from around the world and equipped to address the seminal missiological issues facing the global church in this century.

Our Vision

To contribute to the ministry and witness of the global church by equipping men and women from around the world for faithful leadership in missiological education and practice

Who we are…

The CMR incorporates three existing programs: both the PhD and ThM in Intercultural Studies and the postdoctoral fellowships offered by the Global Research Institute (GRI). The center also supports structured efforts at academic publication, the establishment of center associates, and regularly planned consortia.

What we do…

The CMR identifies specific areas of research and study that will address important globally relevant missiological issues, questions and trends that call for fresh investigation and thorough analysis. These vital areas of study will form the focus of research and interaction over specific periods of time, provide basic cohesion for the community of scholarship and form the focal point of its regular programs.

CMR News

Amos YongThe School of Intercultural Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Amos Yong has been appointed the new Director of the Center for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and Mission effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Yong comes to direct the PhD and ThM program with a renowned background in scholarship and administration. He has published more than 175 academic articles and chapters in books and 17 separate monographs, with three new books coming out in the next year. His scholarship has been foundational in Pentecostal theology, interacting with both traditional theological traditions and contemporary contextual theologies—dealing with such themes as the theologies of Christian-Buddhist dialogue, of disability, of hospitality, and of the mission of God.

He joins us after serving for nine years at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, most recently as dean of the School of Divinity. He holds a PhD from Boston University and two master’s degrees, from Western Evangelical Seminary and Portland State University.

Dr. Yong’s range of scholarship and depth of analysis is rare among scholars anywhere. The School of Intercultural Studies has always been a place of innovation in mission; I believe this will be even more true now with his leadership.

Scott W. Sunquist

Dean, School of Intercultural Studies



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