Master of Divinity (Missiological Studies)

You know well that God’s love has no borders — and you’re ready to reach out and spread His light to people of all backgrounds through ministry. The Master of Divinity (Missiological Studies) is designed to help you prepare for that great purpose, through an international- and multicultural-focused curriculum.

With expert professors, you’ll learn about cultures and traditions different than your own. You’ll also build up your knowledge of the best practices of intercultural exchange and develop ministry-leadership skills that engage, encourage, and support communities through Christ.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to apply biblical principles and models for participating in the global mission of God
  • Twenty-first-century strategies for participating in the global mission of God
  • Best practices for conducting informed cultural analysis and population-segment research
  • Effective methods for evaluating historical examples for participating in the global mission of God
  • Tools and techniques for serving effectively in a cross-cultural context

Program Length 

Depending on your academic background, this 78-credit-hour program will take about three years.

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered both on campus and online, so you can choose the delivery format that works best for your schedule and learning style.

Career and Ministry Opportunities With This Degree

M.Div. Missiological Studies students are as diverse as the world they study — and all of them have a passion for spreading God’s love to all people. Their dedication to our rigorous, hands-on program prepares them for ministry in a number of cross-cultural contexts.

  • Agency-appointed career missionary
  • International student worker
  • Missions pastor
  • Church cross-cultural outreach coordinator
  • NGO community-development worker
  • Business or church cross-cultural consultant

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Highly engaged, fieldwork-oriented classes with peers from all over the world
  • Multilingual professors who have lived internationally, doing the very work they’re teaching
  • 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 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 6710 Short Term Counseling: Theories and Practice 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 Foundations of Internship 0
INT 6217 Focused Internship I 1.5
INT 6218 Focused Internship II 1.5
Choose five courses from ICS 15

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Divinity (Missiological Studies) program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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