Master of Divinity (Missionary Care)

You shepherd people into God’s loving light through your faith and His word and through the love in your heart. The Master of Divinity (Missionary Care) helps you improve upon those skills through teaching you the theory and best practices of counseling and spiritual care in cross-cultural contexts. When you graduate, you’ll be able to better listen, reach out, and heal not only those engaged in missionary work, but all people, through God. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyze and address the impact of cross-cultural living upon individuals and families
  • Tools for assessing and diagnosing the mental status of missionaries in relation to enculturation dynamics
  • Effective treatment plans to foster emotional and life balance

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, three years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Although not licensed counselors, missionary care students are well trained in counseling services and techniques. They’re prepared to help with the emotional and spiritual needs of missionaries and others working in cross-cultural settings, as well as communities.

  • Missionary support services specialist
  • Consultant to mission agencies
  • Training- and counseling-services support provider in cross-cultural settings

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Small, close-knit classes that serve as safe spaces to learn, grow, and gain insight into God, yourself, and others
  • Holistic training from experienced professors who practice the subjects they teach, in courses they’ve designed to be equal parts, intellectual, emotional, and fieldwork oriented
  • Intentionally inclusive learning environments that respect all cultures and backgrounds
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply 

Program Details

Course of Study (78 hours)

Course Number Course Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
CHL 5003 Chapel III 0
Bible and Hermeneutics 15
BIB 5112  Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
Biblical Languages 12
Choose one sequence
GRE 5110 NT Greek I: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 5111 NT Greek II: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 6220 Greek III: NT Greek Exegesis 3
GRE 63xx GREEK IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
HEB 5110 Hebrew I: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 5111 Hebrew II: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 6220 Hebrew III: From Exegesis to Exposition 3
HEB 65xx Hebrew IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
History and Theology 12
HIS 6221 History of Global Christianity I 3
HIS 6231 History of Global Christianity II 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understandng Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formaiton 3
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 5400 Ministry of Counseling 3
HOM 6300 Foundations for Biblical Preaching 3
MIN 6100 Leadership and Ministry Skills 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
Concentration 18
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6254 Ministry Care Internship I 1.5
INT 6256 Missionary Care Internship 1.5
CNC 6400 Pastoral Care Techniques 3
Choose four of the following 12
CNC 5075 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNC 6015 Advanced Multicultural Counseling 3
CNC 6470 REBT Skills and Supervision 3
CNC 6541 Missionary Care for Career Transitions 3
CNC 6571 Single and Family Issues in Missions 3

Admission Requirements

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