The purpose of Doctor of Intercultural Studies – Missiology (DISM) is to equip professional missionaries for further research and future teaching opportunities.
The DISM program seeks to develop students with foundational knowledge and extensive experience of cross-cultural ministry by
- advancing their knowledge of missiology as an interdisciplinary study combining theological, historical, and contextual studies.
- engaging them in critical and constructive interaction with existing scholarship in an area of missiology through original research.
- fostering an understanding of the vocation of theological scholarship in its dimensions learning, teaching, and research.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students will have demonstrated
- ability to integrate missiological disciplines related to the subject areas of their research.
- competence in applying missiological research methods to their ministry contexts.
- sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity as they engage in missiological research.
- commitment to spiritual formation for their own growth and for the growth of others.
Program Admission Requirements
- Possession of a graduate Master’s degree in Theology, or Bible or Ministry from a BPPE approved or accredited institution or an international institution whose degrees are equivalent to a Master’s degree earned at a BPPE approved or accredited institution. Applicants must submit official copies of all graduate education in order to have their application deemed as complete.
- All graduate work must have been completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Submission of a personal application form with an application fee of $50.
- Submission of an essay that details the applicant’s faith, experience and their goals for pursuing ministry training.
- Submission of three letters of reference, one from a former professor and one from a pastor or minister.
- Evaluation of personal interview with a team of faculty members
- Two recent photographs (passport style)
Hours of Instruction
- The instructions of Doctor of intercultural Studies-M program are given in intensive forms. All students must take the intensive instructions every semester. Total hours to complete Doctor of Intercultural Studies-M program: 53 credit hours (3 years, 6 semesters). The total hours of instruction are 48 hours per course. Students can take 1-4 courses per semester. The regular course weights 3 credits. Full-time student must take 9 credits per semester. Therefore the full-time student must take three regular courses (9 credits) every semester.
- The Dissertation course (8 credits) is required after completing the regular courses. Student may be considered full time student even though the dissertation course is only 8 units.
- Total hours of instruction per course: 48 hours (complete a “3 credit-course” in 5 to 16 weeks)
- The total instruction hours per semester: 9 credit hours
- 1 week intensive course is also provided (3 credit-course, 5 days)
- 5~7 week course meet once a week
Method of Instruction
Classes incorporate lectures, instructional work in class, demonstrations, one-on-one tutorials, library research, and comprehensive examinations on the Bible. Except for internships and field trips, all instruction is conducted in a classroom setting.
- Completion of 62 semester units with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all course work.
- Completion of all units within 7-year time span from date of entry.
- Completion of all financial requirements.
- File an application for intent to graduate with the school office 6 weeks prior to graduation to certify that all graduation requirements have been met.
- Completion of a final dissertation or research project and submission of written document to the office of the Academic Dean prior to graduation.
- Two recent photographs (passport style)
The final stage of the Doctor of Intercultural Studies-M program consists of the preparation of a dissertation. The subject matter of the dissertation must be examined and approved by the Doctor of Intercultural Studies-M committee. The dissertation project is considered an applied research and the topic may be the expansion of one of the course projects.
- The student must establish a clear relationship of the chosen subject with preaching, ministries.
- The student must prepare a dissertation proposal in consultation with the advisor.
- The dissertation proposal must include: the proposed title, a statement of the importance of the proposed research, a provisional outline and overall plan of the project, a statement of research methodology, and a preliminary bibliography.
- The final dissertation should be 150-200 pages in length.
- Doctor of Intercultural Studies-M Program Graduation Requirements: 53 Units
- Required Courses: ……………………………………………………………………. 45 Semester Units
MN752_Lifelong Leadership Development
MN759_Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
MS701_Biblical Principles of Missions
MS702_Biblical Strategies of Mission
MS703_Pauline Theology of Mission
MS711_Contemporary Theology of Missions
MS715_Folk Religion and Missions I
MS717_Asian Religions and Mission Strategy
MS733_ A Study of Missiology in Acts
MS762_Cross-Cultural Missions & Anthropology
MS775_Mission Field and Evangelism
MS777_Missionary’s Cooperative Mission
MS781_Mission Project II
MS787_Relationship-Centric Missions and the Role of Communication
- Dissertation Requirements: ……………………………………………………. 8 Semester Units
DI880_Dissertation (8)…………………………………………………………. 8 Units
- Doctor of Intercultural Studies-M Curriculum (Three-Year Plan): 53 Units
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Co. No.||Courses||Units||Co. No.||Courses||Units|
|First Year||First Year|
|MS717||Asian Religions and Mission Strategy||3||MN759||Pastoral Ministry and Leadership||3|
|MN752||Lifelong Leadership Development||3||MS702||Biblical Strategies of Mission||3|
|TH706||Biblical Theology||3||MS762||Cross-Cultural Missions &Anthropology||3|
|MS701||Biblical Principles of Missions||3||MS733||A Study of Missiology in Acts||3|
|Second Year||Second Year|
|MS777||Missionary’s Cooperative Ministry||3||MS719||Inner Healing||3|
|MS787||Relationship-Centric Missions and the Role of Communication||3||MS715||Folk Religion and Mission I||3|
|MS703||Pauline Theology of Mission||3||MS765||Intercultural Communication||3|
|Third Year||Third Year|
|MS711||Contemporary Theology of Missions||3||DI880||Dissertation||8|
|MS775||Mission Field & Evangelism||3|
|MS781||Mission Project II||3|