Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Program Structure

About the Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology is the highest academic degree in the theory and
practice of missions. The Ph.D. program integrates biblical-confessional theology with a study of the social contexts in which theological reflection and Christian witness take place.

Missiology, as a discipline, is rooted in theology, which forms the foundational understanding of the message and meaning of the Gospel. It also, however, includes research and reflection on the various languages, world religious belief systems, cultures and customs so that the Gospel may be communicated faithfully in all of its truth and power.

“That we may obtain this faith, the Ministry of Teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. For through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Ghost is given, who works faith; where and when it pleases God, in them that hear the Gospel, to wit, that God, not for our own merits, but for Christ’s sake, justifies those who believe that they are received into grace for Christ’s sake.”

Augsburg Confession V

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

2 Timothy 4:1-4, ESV

Degree Requirements

 Subject Area Quarter Hours
Core required courses 30 hours
Core electives 9 hours
Concentration electives 9 hours
Comprehensive Examination 3 hours
Dissertation 9 hours

Students will successfully complete a minimum of 60 quarter hours with a cumulative G.P.A. of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual courses will be regarded as successfully completed only when a grade of B- or better is received.