An Affordable Seminary Degree

Seminary should not have to put you in debt, nor should you have to move from your place of ministry to attend. When we conceptualized the Master of Arts Missiology of Movements degree, we were committed to three objectives: affordability, accessibility, and accreditation.

As a part of a global effort by academics, practitioners, and Mission India Theological Seminary (MITS), we’ve been able to achieve all three.

Affordable: our MA degree is only $2,700 for students who have an undergraduate degree in Bible, theology or missions. And, it can be completed in as little as a year! With our unique subscription model, we incentivize diligent completion of courses so you can steward your financial resources. When compared to the tuition of other seminaries offering similar MA degrees, the difference is stunning. We can only do this because of the forward thinking of MITS and our faculty’s commitment to not allowing future missionaries and pastors to go into debt.

Accessible: our learning management system can be accessed from anywhere in the world; even from the Great Himalaya Trail! We’ve designed a learning experience that connects students globally in a community that dives deeply into issues in their cultures with the goal of effectively connecting the stories of Jesus with the stories of people. And, they do not have to relocate to a campus for the experience. Their place of ministry is their campus! (Check out this great blog by our very own Matt Till).

Accredited: our MA degree is offered by an accredited seminary whose sister seminaries include Moody Bible Institute, Columbia International University, and Oxford Centre for Missions Studies. Not only is the degree offered from an accredited seminary, it is taught by global experts in the areas of theology, missions, and church planting. Dr. Ed Smither, dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University and director of the PhD in Intercultural Studies program commented:

We have a great appreciation and respect for the MA in Missiology of Movements program at Mission India Theological Seminary. We are delighted to be a partner with MITS and students desiring to go to the next level of missiological training.

Our faculty bring more than 300 years of collective cultural engagement in the Post-Christian West, the Muslim, Hindu, Shinto, Buddhist, and Jewish worlds, as well as in former and current communist worlds. We’ve equipped and trained Christian leaders on six continents and speak Arabic, Czech, English, Hebrew, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, and Spanish. Plus, we read the biblical manuscripts in their original languages. In addition, we have seven PhDs, three professional doctorates, and six masters degree instructors who attended prestigious evangelical seminaries. In fact, many seminaries in the US use the books and articles our faculty have written!

If seminary is a part of your academic goals in 2022, I’d love to talk with you more. Please feel free to email me by clicking the link below.

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A few of the books our faculty have written. Find them all on Amazon.

What our students are saying

My desire to pursue theological education and specifically why I am interested in the MA Missiology of Movements degree has to do specifically with the opportunity to study the missiology of movements.  –Missionary to South East Asia

Honestly speaking, I feel wholly inadequate in my responsibility to help train up future leaders, disciple-makers, church planters, and pastors of our church. As a pastor, that weighs heavy on my heart and greatly concerns me. . . . What excites me most about pursuing the MA in Missiology of Movements is that it appears to provide exactly what I’m looking for – learning how to better train and equip future leaders so they can reproduce as disciple-making disciples and gospel-centered church planters. –Pastor, USA

I believe that this degree in the Missiology of Movement will help me continue on this journey. I believe I’m supposed to spend the remaining portion of my life focusing on researching and developing different biblical models of church multiplication, as well as training, equipping, and supporting future practitioners of those models. I want to become a catalyst in making disciples in my community and around this world and I strongly feel that this degree will equip me and fill in any gaps that I may have, in order to bring about change in my life and the lives of others. –Pastor, USA

I am pursuing a MA in Missiology of Movements because I want to continue to grow in wisdom, understanding, and passion for God’s Word and his mission and be faithful to steward the gifts God has given me for his glory among the nations . . . . I am incredibly excited to continue to be equipped and blessed by great instructors that I may pass on what I learn and teach/equip others for ministry as well! –Missionary Trainer focused on Unreached People Groups

Sixteen students from five countries recently took Dr. Cooper’s Missional Church Planting course at a sister seminary in South Korea.

As a pastor and church planter I desire to grow in my knowledge of how to expand my missional understanding. Our church desires to multiply other churches, leaders, and missionaries. This degree program seems perfectly suited to provide a combination of biblical, theological, missional, and practical insights on being more effective in these pursuits. –Pastor, USA

This degree thoroughly aligns with our church and our affiliation with the Acts29 church-planting network. Our church’s mission is to “Make disciples, Equip the Saints, and Plant Churches.” I am interested in this degree not only for myself, but also for many of the young men we are discipling in the church. We hope to promote this Master’s degree in our church and in our region. –Pastor, USA

I pursuing the MA in Missiology of Movements to deepen my biblical foundation and practical understanding of how God is advancing his Kingdom through movements. I serve as a cross cultural worker in the Middle East, and this degree directly applies to what we are wanting God to do here. I believe this degree will equip me to better discern the specific role I have in God’s unfolding Kingdom work, become a more effective disciple-maker, and sharpen my missiological thinking as a cultural outsider seeking to establish new, multiplying churches in a hard field. I don’t think there is a degree that is better suited to my current time constraints or more relevant for the work God has called me too. –Missionary to the Middle East

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