2015-2016 Academic Catalog

Doctor of Missiology

The Doctor of Missiology program specifically equips leaders to effectively integrate theory into missional praxis within the global reality of the twenty-first century. With this program, key leaders will continue their ministries in context while attending a cohort-based seminar and interacting with a School of Intercultural Studies faculty member.

The program is designed for leaders with a minimum of five years of missional experience who desire:

  • To assist mission leaders in context
  • To have direct impact on practical ministry
  • To maximize their leadership potential within their organizations

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Missiology program in the School of Intercultural Studies must:

  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Submit official transcripts of all postsecondary schools attended (both undergraduate and graduate coursework). Graduate transcripts should include a balance of theology and/or missiology coursework totaling a minimum of 36 quarter units (27 semester units) and include the following minimum prerequisite coursework:
    • Theology: 12 quarter units (9 semester units). Note that 8 of the 12 quarter units may be taken at the undergraduate level.
    • Missiology: 12 quarter units (9 semester units)
    • Note: Graduates of Fuller’s MA in Global Leadership (MAGL) degree are deemed to have met these requirements
  • Provide transcript evidence of having earned a master’s degree earned from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of  3.4 or higher.
  • Submit a writing sample assignment
  • Submit a ten-page paper/essay based on three assigned books
  • Show evidence of personal maturity as communicated through three references
  • If English is not the student’s first language, submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (paper), or 250 (computer), or 100  (internet) taken within the past two years, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format, with a minimum score of 7.0, taken within the past two years.

Student Learning Outcomes

In accordance with our commitment to provide the highest level of educational effectiveness possible through a healthy culture of assessment, and in alignment with the Fuller Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, this program offers the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates demonstrate ability to think integratively about their subject area and its relationship with corresponding/related disciplines
  • Graduates are equipped to engage in academic debate and critique work (theirs and others) for the benefit of the community of faith and scholarship
  • Graduates demonstrate ability to engage in significant missiological research and writing appropriate for their discipline and relevant to their context.
  • Graduates demonstrate ability to apply research and missiological reflection to specific situations in the future. (in their context)
  • Graduates demonstrate an integrated life-long learning posture, applicable to personal, professional, and spiritual growth.
  • Graduates are equipped to contribute to learning and have the potential to exert influential leadership with in their particular sphere of endeavor.


The Doctor of Missiology degree requires the successful completion of 48 units in missiology beyond the master’s level in a cohort-based format. A specific focus that demonstrates intentional missional praxis in context will be the distinctive of each cohort. The overall layout of the program is as follows:

Module One: Missiology and Program Design
Module Two: Ministry and Contextual Factors
Module Three: Leadership and Change Dynamics
Module Four:Integration and Project/Dissertation Writing

  1. Each module will be structured as an initial two week/ 8 hours per day plus an additional two-day weekend three months after each module. This module structure will allow intensive interaction requiring the cohort to meet as a group with an SIS professor.
  2. Each module will be structured as a 12-unit block, comprised of a pre-reading, eight-unit tutorial combined with a four- unit methods course, and post-module write-ups.
  3. The cohort of 6 to 12 participants will be focused on a primary area of missiology.
  4. The program is designed around four modules, each to be completed within one year.
  5. Cohorts will convene around an organizational (e.g. mission), topical, or regional interest with latitude for individual variation.
  6. Cohorts will meet annually at prearranged sites to be determined based on the purpose and goals of the cohort.
  7. Normally the fourth year integration module will be held on the Fuller campus in Pasadena.

Cohort Concentration.In this structure of the Doctor of Missiology program, the same group of students will meet together for a two-week seminar and normally followed up by a weekend three months after each module. The module will take place once a year for four years. Cohort members will pledge to develop their studies around a common theme that will enable each to contribute to the interests and missiological needs of the others individually and collectively.

Program Distinctives

Each student in this program will:

  • Participate in a missional learning community;
  • Study under assigned faculty mentors with ample experience in the field;
  • Explore, in depth, a topic of common interest in the area of mission, contextualization or leadership that is of local or regional relevancy;
  • Produce research that demonstrates the ability to integrate theory and practice to the relevance of the cohort objectives;
  • Provide a strategic project/dissertation which represents a key contribution to missiology as envisioned by the original design of the cohort;
  • Experience synergy in a lifelong learning approach.

Transfer Credit.Transfer credit is not normally accepted for this degree.

Time Limits.The program is designed around four modules, each to be completed within one year.