Master of Arts in Missiology

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in a variety of positions in missions service in North America or in other countries. Examples would include cross cultural ministry, church planter, minister of missions, and serving with a missions sending group. The degree plan can be applicable to those presently engaged in mission work or to those who are preparing for mission service. The degree would benefit those who are now serving on the mission field with previous Seminary studies as well as those who are enrolled in Seminary to prepare for missionary service. Persons who have completed twenty to thirty hours of Seminary studies as preparation for service with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention should be able to use those hours in this degree plan with academic approval of this Seminary.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret and communi- cate biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian ministry, especially as expressed cross-culturally.

  2. Students will communicate an understanding of how to learn, live in, and develop a ministry contextualized to another culture.

  3. Students will develop a broad range of biblical and theological understanding, based on cross-cultural perspectives.

  4. Students will model and mentor others in Christian devotion and character development within a cross-cultural community.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Preston Nix (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Philip Pinckard (Concentration Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (20 hours)

Biblical Studies Component (9 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Theological and Historical Studies Component (11 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Philosophy of Religion
OR
Christian Apologetics

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Ministry Studies Competency Component (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Take at least 3 hours from the following options:
Counseling in Ministry
Social and Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible
Pastoral Ministry
Worship Leadership
Church Leadership and Administration (M)
Discipleship Strategies (M)
Church-Community Ministries
OR
appropriate Church and Community Ministries courses
OR
other approved courses in ministry studies component

3

Missiology Concentration Component (17-19 hours)

Missiology Concentration Component (9-10 hours)

course

hours

Christian Missions (M)

3

Life and Work of the Missionary

2

Transcultural Communication of the Gospel
OR
Introduction to Urban Missions

2
OR
3

Contemporary Mission Methods and Movements
(Prerequisite: Christian Missions)

2

Students will choose one concentration from the following:

Church Planting Concentration (9 hours)

course

hours

Principles of Church Planting 

3

Internship I - Church Planting
(includes focus on spiritual warfare; working w/approved church planter)

3

Internship II - Church Planting
(includes focus on discipleship; working with approved church planter)
OR
Mentoring in Gospel Ministry (may include qualified NAMB training)

3
OR
3-6

Diaspora Missions Concentration (8 hours)

course

hours

Ministry to Refugees, Immigrants, & Internationals 

3

Missions Practicum
OR
Mentoring in Gospel Ministry (M)

3

Missions Practicum

2

Missions Concentration (8 hours)

course

hours

MISS prefix courses or a combination of the courses in other concentrations on this page

8

Urban Missions Concentration (8-9 hours)

course

hours

Introduction to Urban Missions 

3

New Orleans Ministry and Missions
OR
Disaster Relief Training and Experience

2
OR
3

Practicum in Urban Missions
OR
Mentoring in Gospel Ministry (M)

3

Electives Component (3 hours)

Free Electives (3 hours)

Total Required: 48-50 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

Students will need to work with the Missions professors and Registrar’s office to request enrollment in specialized courses such as Church Planting Internships; Mentoring in Gospel Ministry; a Missions Practicum; or Practicum in Urban Missions.

PhD Eligibility

Students who complete the degree requirements of the MA in Missiology must also meet all of the application requirements for a PhD at NOBTS with a major in missions. Prior to admission, applicants must have completed a minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate- level biblical languages (Hebrew and/or Greek), 6 semester hours of a non-biblical language (French, German, Latin, or Spanish), or 6 semester hours of research statistics. Statistics courses considered would be those similar in nature to NOBTS graduate courses CEST6300 Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics and CEST9300 Educational Research and Statistics.

Academic Requirements

The 48-hour course requirements of the Master of Arts in Missiology are intended to introduce students to a broad range of missiological and theological disciplines necessary for further studies in missiological research or interdisciplinary studies related to missiology. Students in the MA in Missiology must maintain at least a B average in the program. Those who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will go on probation status after the first semester and will be dismissed after the second consecutive semester below a 3.0 average.

Enrollment in Degree Plan and Graduation

It is preferred that an individual be accepted into this degree plan at least one semester before anticipated graduation when transferring from another degree plan at NOBTS. This will help provide guidance to a student in suitable course selections for the conclusion of the degree plan.

Inactive Status

Missionaries serving with a mission-sending agency such as the IMB of the SBC may apply for an inactive status for the degree plan by notifying the Registrar’s Office in writing if they do not want to take courses for the degree plan while on the mission field.