The Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) program equips practitioners, leaders, and trainers who minister in cross-cultural mission contexts through focused study and research in biblical-theological and social-science fields of study. The integration of the best mission theory and praxis is the overall goal. The program aims to enhance the level of academic mission studies in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to facilitate more creative and effective mission practice.


  • Ministry in Animistic Settings
  • Mission Leadership
  • Relief, Development, and Social Issues
  • Urban Mission
  • World Religions

Program length

This is a 48-credit program. DMiss students must complete all courses and pass an oral defense of their dissertation within ten years from the time of initial registration.

Application Deadlines

The Doctor of Missiology program only admits new students for Summer Semester.

Domestic and International Prospective students are required to complete the application, and submit all the requirements before November 30.

Eligibility requirements

It is recommended that the online application be submitted at least 9 months before the start date for Module 1 of the cohort being applied for. Classes for Module 1 will normally be taught during the summer semester (May to August).

  • Hold the MDiv degree or its educational equivalent, or other advanced master’s-level degrees in a related cognate discipline with a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have a minimum of 15 semester credits of mission-related course work.
  • Have work experience in a cross-cultural ministry context- typically three years or more.
  • Show high promise of future usefulness in the mission of the church.
  • Have completed GSEM620 Research Methods or equivalent.
  • Research paper: A significant research paper (term paper or thesis), normally written during MA or MDiv studies. This paper should show the applicant’s ability to carry out research and to present the results and conclusions of such work with correct English and acceptable style. The topic of this paper should be in an area related to mission if possible.
  • International and Domestic prospective students who graduated from an educational institution where English is not the language of instruction must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English to succeed in this academic setting as specified below.

    English Proficiency Test* Minimum Scores Required*
    Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 85
    Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) 565
    IELTS(Academic) 6.5

    When may English Proficiency tests be waived? If you graduated with a high school diploma (at least the ninth through the twelfth), bachelor or master’s degree from an educational institution where English is the langue of instruction.

Admission requirements

In addition to submitting the items required of all graduate students, applicants to the DMiss program must also submit:

  • Application: Submit the Online application form.
  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Supply three recommendations- at least one church leader from a cross-cultural/mission setting.
  • Statement of Purpose: Submit a 1000-word personal statement which includes:
    • The applicant’s philosophy of mission including religious, cultural, and ethical considerations in doing mission.
    • Personal aspirations for future ministry and how this degree program will contribute to that mission.
  • Resume: Detailed description of applicant’s cross-cultural ministry work experience.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80. Applicants for in-residence cohorts will need an Internet-based TOEFL composite score of 90, or MELAB score of 85.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Master's degree diploma: A literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document, must be sent by mail.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year

Requirements are subject to change without notice and based on your country of origin

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

You can learn more about application requirements, cohorts, and concentrations; or to request an application go to www.andrews.edu/dmiss

Next steps

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