DMiss Preparation Guide

Are you considering the Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) as an option to further your academic studies? Below, we have provided some steps to take as you begin your journey toward the DMiss program as a master's program student.

Step 1: Rethink Your Masters Program

If your heart is set on applying for the DMiss program one day, it may be beneficial for you to meet with your academic advisor to verify that your masters degree will serve you well in reaching the goal. Both the MAGL and MAICS degrees within the School of Intercultural Studies will help you meet the academic prerequisites for the program. The MAGL program is ideal because its inservice dimension meets the DMiss standard for ministry and leadership requirements. If you are enrolled in the MAICS degree program, you will need to demonstrate ministry and leadership experience in the application process.

No matter what masters degree you choose to complete, whether in the School of Intercultural Studies or School of Theology, you can schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to create a course plan for your program that will help you meet the academic prerequisites of the DMiss program.

Step 2: Take Courses that Matter

You should consider taking at least three classes in mission theology, mission history, anthropology, or cross-cultural communication within the School of Intercultural Studies as foundational preparation for the DMiss program. A minimum of 12 units of missiology and 12 units of biblical or theological classes are required prerequisites for the program. The following courses are not required but are strongly recommended as you seek to fulfill your missiology prerequisites.

Mission Theology Courses

MT500 Biblical Theology of Mission
MT501 Doing Theology in Global Contexts

Anthropology Courses

MB501 Insights for Cultural Understanding
MB560 Methods of Observing and Interpreting Culture (great preparation for field research)

Other Courses

MC500 Church and Mission in Global Contexts
MH506 The Making of Global Christianity

Step 3: Secure a Ministry Context

It is very important to be engaged in a ministry context. The DMiss is a degree for inservice leaders. Much of the work is field research and knowing a context, ministry or organization is crucial for the program design and goals. However, it is not uncommon for DMiss students to adjust their workload and responsibilities to accommodate being doctoral students.

As a masters student or graduate, you will want to get involved with a ministry that may serve as a good long-term fit for you if you have not already done so. Depending on your level of ministry commitment, you may want to consider part-time studies as a master's student, or if you are a graduating, you can delay your intended start date of doctoral studies while you take time to engage more deeply in your ministry context.

Step 4: Speak with a DMiss Representative

You should consider having a conversation with a representative of the DMiss program around the middle of your master's program. Speaking with an advisor may give you more clarity in the direction you should go, and will help you assess if the DMiss program is the right fit for you. You may contact a DMiss representative at any time.

Step 5: Finish Your Masters Degree

You will not be able to start the DMiss program without having completed your master's degree and met all the prerequisites for the program. So, while you are applying, make sure you have all your ducks in a row!

For more information, check out the DMiss web page.

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