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Mid-America missions degree links with International Mission Board

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (BP)–A new master of missiology degree at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, which can be completed by overseas missions work in conjunction with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, is making its debut this fall.

The new degree at the 30-year-old seminary in Germantown, Tenn., entails two years of on-campus study followed by a final course of studies at the Mid-America campus or on an overseas mission field.

John Floyd, the seminary’s administrative vice president and chairman of the missions department, said the curriculum was designed by Mid-America’s missions faculty “representing over 125 years of field experience. It will prepare a student for any aspect of cross cultural ministry.”

The degree program, which is open to men and women, replaces the seminary’s former master of arts in cross-cultural studies.

Mid-America also is adding two Christian education degrees, bringing the number of programs at the campus to eight.

The new degrees are the three-year master of Christian education and two-year associate of Christian education degree.

The master’s degree is for men and women who already hold a bachelor of arts degree or equivalent and is primarily designed to equip students for effective ministry in the local church, as a missionary in the area of Christian education or as a teacher or administrator in a church-related school. The degree also can serve as a platform for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree.

The associate’s degree, which holds the same ministry possibilities, is for those who are at least 22 years old and hold a high school diploma or equivalency certificate but have not completed a baccalaureate degree.

Brad Thompson, dean of students and chairman of the Christian education department, said the two new degrees are “academically challenging, yet immensely practical, and will help us as a seminary prepare men and women for Christian education ministry in its widest definition.”

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