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.

Prospective students must submit their applications by October 31.

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 1 month before the deadline listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic 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.

Admission requirements

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

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • 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.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

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

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.

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