Master of Arts in Mission Studies and World Christianity

  • 12.01.2015


The purpose of the Master of Arts in Mission Studies and World Christianity (MAMSWC) is to integrate studies in academic and practical theology with the area of modern mission studies, with a concentration in either urban or global studies. The program includes biblical and theological foundations, cross-cultural perspectives, and analysis of historical and contemporary issues in mission, ministry skills, and missionary partnership opportunities. It integrates evangelism, community development, church planting, strategies, social concerns, contextual theology and the global mission of God.


The students who graduate from the Master of Arts in Mission Studies and World Christianity will:

1. Understand the Bible and its

2. Perceive the various concepts
introductory, critical, historical, geographical, and cultural background based on a hermeneutics of 
mission including evangelism, social responsibilities, urban mission and Missio Dei.

3. Clarify the characteristics of urban and global mission issues in terms of theology, anthropology, and sociology.

4. Be increased in an ability to academically and realistically recognize the different culture and social customs in order to understand peoples who are living there. In addition, he or she is advised to closely connect to social agencies such as the welfare department.


5.Cooperative effort in theological understanding and the role between

6. Comprehend church and mission to manage and mobilize its resources for world evangelization.the both the missionary role and indigenous leadership in the midst of our rapidly changing society and world order.

Components and Requirements:

1. Course Requirements

The program requires a total of 60 semester hours (18 courses/54 credits and Final Project/thesis/6 credits) for graduation. For graduation, the MAMSWC students must not only complete 18 courses, but also maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or more to be eligible for graduation, less than 2 courses of which may be completed with a grade of 'C-' or below.

2. Course Distribution

The courses of the program are comprised of the following four fields in which specialization may be elected: religious heritage, cultural context, personal and spiritual formation, and capacity for ministerial and public leadership. The MAMSWC students must complete 12 credits (4 courses), 6 credits of the Final Project/Thesis in School Core, 21 credits (7 courses) in MAMSWC Core, and 21 credits (7 courses) in Elective.

3. Final Project/Thesis

A student will write a thesis or a project as a part of graduation requirements, working out the educational implications of biblical, theological, educational studies for future ministry or for life-enrichment. The Project/Thesis Seminar will be provided for all candidates in the second year with faculty members to help and guide the candidate to complete his/her project/thesis.

The Thesis tutorial is a writing of the thesis in an informal arrangement with a faculty member, meeting together as needed for guidance and criticism. The spring term Thesis Tutorial is pro forma, allowing the candidate to complete the final form of the thesis/project for presentation to the Thesis Committee.

4. Institutional Requirement

GCU requires all students to attend WS501 Institutional Requirement (chapel service) until graduation. Students will receive a Pass/Fail grade on Institutional Requirement.

The curriculum is available in the catalog on page 165, you can download it here