Graduate School of Theology - Master of Arts in Missions


Chris Flanders, Advisor
ACU Box 29441, Abilene, Texas 79699-9441
Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 291
Phone: 325-674-3742
Fax: 325-674-6180

The Master of Arts in Missions is a 54-hour program that provides a scholarly yet practical foundation for engaging in an effective proclamation of the Gospel. This is accomplished by culture-specific training in research, planning, evangelism, church planting, and spiritual nurture. The members of the faculty have significant field experience and scholarly expertise in domestic and foreign missions to accomplish this purpose.

The MA in Missions degree is an in-depth study of missiology and theology that equips students to be effective practitioners, undergraduate teachers, and competent analysts of missions. Spiritual mentoring, team building and psychological assessment are integral to the missions program for field readiness preparation.

Up to 6 hours of advanced placement is possible with extensive undergraduate preparation. Consult with advisor.

Major Code: BMIS

Requirements for the MA in Missions are:

  1. Orientation:
    BIBM 602
    GST Orientation
  2. Advanced, select 6 hours from the following (consult with advisor):
    BIBD 672
    Introduction to Graduate Studies
    BMIS 645
    Missionary Anthropology
    BMIS 646
    Foundations of Missiology
    BMIS 672 World Religions
  3. Missions core, select 9 hours from the following:
    BMIS 619 Missionary Research
    BMIS 673< History of Missions
    BMIS 675 Theology of Mission
    BMIS 697
    Worldview and Worldview Change
  4. Specialization of either domestic or international track, 12 hours:
                  a. Domestic track
                            BMIS 610 Evangelism in North America
                            BMIS 652 Developing New Churches in North America
                            BMIS 653 Growth Strategies for Established Churches
                            BIBM 629 Field Education
                  b. International track
                            BMIS 647 Ethnotheology
                            BMIS 648 Planting and Developing Churches
                            BMIS 689 Folk Religions and New Spiritualities
                            BIBM 629 Field Education
  5. Missions Selections, 6 hours 
  6. Theology core, 21 hours
    BIBL 610
    Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
    BIBL 620
    Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
    BIBH 664
    Advanced Restoration History
    BIBM 616 Narrative Evangelism
    BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
    Ministry Selection, 3 hours
    Theology Selection, 3 hours
  7. English Bible Exam
  8. Comprehensive exam or thesis defense.



Requirements for the certificate in missions are:

Students without an undergraduate degree in missions must take:
          a. Advanced menu, 9 hours.
          b. Missions core menu, 3 hours.
          c. Domestic or international track menu, 3 hours.
          d. Missions selection menu, 3 hours.

Students with an undergraduate degree in missions (which includes the 9 hours of advanced standing courses) must take:
          a. Missions core menu, 9 hours.
          b. Domestic or international track menu, 6 hours.
          c. Missions selection menu, 3 hours.

A certificate may be earned by credit or non-credit. If courses are taken as non-credit, all assignments must be done and all exams must be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Only certificate courses taken for credit may later be applied toward a graduate degree.

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