50 Top Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Among the first things a new Christian learns about is the “Great Commission” referenced in Matthew 28.  As Christians mature in the faith, God puts His call on people to obey this mandate in formal overseas and/or cross-cultural mission work.  Early Church history details the expansion of mission organizations and chronicles the spread of the Gospel around the world.  Some may say that the age of mission boards and formal missionaries is over.  Others say that just because the United States appears to have a ‘post-modern’ or ‘post-Christian’ culture does not negate the need for the Gospel to be taken to new people groups around the world.  CUO recognizes the need for missions – both cross-cultural and foreign – and presents the top 50 Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Prichard, Alabama. Established in 1961as a junior college, originally, the school was founded in affiliation with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Formerly known as Mobile College, the school achieved university status in the early 1990’s at which time its current name was adopted. Built upon the core values of “Christ-centered; Academically focused; Student Devoted; and Distictively-driven”, the University of Mobile is “intentionally dedicated to Biblically-based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice” and is committed to “providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The University of Mobile is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a wide range of degree programs. The University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Christian Ministries; School of Education; and the School of Nursing. The University of Mobile offers a single missions-oriented degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies. An interdisciplinary degree, the Intercultural Studies program offers training and instruction in a wide range of necessary skills and knowledge including apologetics, biblical studies, community hygiene, cross-cultural communications, leadership training, missiology, political science, theology, world religion and much more. Most students choose to minor in a foreign language in order to be further prepared for a cross-cultural career. Besides classroom learning, students are encouraged to participate in University’s ministry and service-learning programs and projects including local cross-cultural ministry teams, national and global intercultural internship opportunities, international service projects and more.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies

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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Seattle, Washington. The University was founded in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Originally called the Seattle Seminary, in 1913 the school was renamed Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 adopted the new name of Seattle Pacific College. Today, Seattle Pacific University’s mission is to be a “Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.” Seattle Pacific University ‘s main campus sits on 43 acres in the northern end of Queen Ann Hill, just four miles north of downtown Seattle. The University also owns and operates two satellite campuses, including a wilderness field station on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands which specializes in biology.

Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 students, including more than 3,00 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels and is comprised of the College of Arts & Sciences and several schools including the School of Health Sciences; the School of Business, Government, & Economics; the School of Psychology, Family, & Community; the School of Education; and the School of Theology. A single mission-oriented degree program is offered, namely the Christian Theology major with an emphasis in Christian Mission. Students are encouraged to participate in ministry and service-learning, with opportunities including the University’s study abroad program, internships, service learning and missions trips.

  • Christian Theology major – Christian Mission

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school more than 25 denominations represented within the University’s student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and views its mission as being to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students,  with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

More than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available and through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a Cross-Cultural Studies major that is designed to equip students with the “knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings”, teaching them how to “understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts.” Some of the advantages of this program are the hands-on learning opportunities students have in a multicultural, urban environment; access to a faculty that truly cares about students; specialized training in urban ministry; and the opportunity for continued mentoring by faculty post-graduation. Opportunities for hands-on experiences include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship projects, internships with local church and para-church ministries, 20-plus annual University mission trips, and more.

  •         Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school more than 25 denominations represented within the University’s student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and views its mission as being to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students,  with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available and through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a Cross-Cultural Studies major that is designed to equip students with the “knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings”, teaching them how to “understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts.” Some of the advantages of this program are the hands-on learning opportunities students have in a multicultural, urban environment; access to a faculty that truly cares about students; specialized training in urban ministry; and the opportunity for continued mentoring by faculty post-graduation. Opportunities for hands-on experiences include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship projects, internships with local church and para-church ministries, 20-plus annual University mission trips, and more.
    • Cross-Cultural Studies major


 

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Founded by the Wesleyan Church the school came into existence as a result of a series of mergers between several schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the new school again merged with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. Today, OKWU boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OKWU’s mission is to be a place of “serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of the Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.”

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. OKWU offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of the Schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Ministry & Christian Thought. It is through this latter School that OKWU offers its residential Global Studies program. Made available through a partnership with Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), this unique Bachelor’s degree seeks to prepare students to “pursue ministry both domestic and globally among persons of different languages and cultures.” Students are taught practical skills which enable them to be effective in intercultural ministry and through VOM are taught about the needs surrounding the persecuted church. OKWU with VOM offers a Mini-Term program which helps students “discover biblical truth about persecution, evil, and suffering” and “learn about opportunities to find practical solutions that may serve and minister to [those living in] hostile and restricted nations”. Opportunities to minister and learn through service include both study abroad and missions trips.

  • Global Studies major

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC was established in 1950 as Central Christian College and since that time has only expanded and grown, both in numbers and in the range of programs offered. Operating off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond, OC has a strategic location which allows students to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, OC has received national recognitions by names such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The University’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.”

Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five academic divisions: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. OC offers a single missions-oriented degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Missions. OC’s Missions program seeks to acquaint students with the biblical text along with the “necessary auxiliary studies to allow special preparation for mission work.” OC operates a Center for Global Missions which brings together more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff members to participate in over 30 ministry and service opportunities annually. The Center’s Mission Programs include summer and spring Break mission trips, Internships with R.A.M. (Rural American Ministries), the HIM (Helpers In Missions) Program, opportunities for Third-Culture Kids (TCK) and more.

  • B.A. Missions

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Judson University

Judson University is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Elgin, Illinois. The University’s heritage dates back to the founding of the Northern Theological Seminary which was created for the purpose of offering a “graduate and undergraduate education to men and women training for the ministry.” In the 1960s the seminary portion of the school was moved from Chicago to Lombard and the decision was made to make the college an independent institution. The new college was named in honor of Adoniram Judson, the first American foreign missionary who served in the country of Burma (now Myanmar). Today, Judson University’s mission as an evangelical Christian institution is to represent “the Church at work in higher education, equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, their work, and their citizenship within the community, the nation and the world.”

Judson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. More than 65 majors, minors and concentrations are available with traditional undergraduate programs offered through the Departments of Architecture, Art & Design, Biblical & Theological Studies, Business, Christian Ministries, Education, English, Exercise & Sports Sciences, History, Music, Psychology & Sociology, Science & Mathematics, Speech Communication & Performing Arts, and Worship Arts. Several adult degree completion programs are offered as well as a variety of graduate degrees. Judson University offers a single missions-oriented degree program, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Leadership (Missions). Students are highly encouraged to participate in ministry and service-learning with opportunities including local ministry, field experience, and Global Outreach service trips. With a mission to “educate, equip, and empower” Judson University strives to instill in Christian Ministries majors the knowledge and skills necessary to “be a lifelong spiritual leader who shapes ministries that shape the world”.

  • B.A. Intercultural Leadership (Missions)

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San Diego Christian College

San Diego Christian College (SDC) is a private, coeducational Christian institution of higher learning located in Santee, California. Established as the Christian Heritage College in 1970 by Drs. Tim LaHeye, Art Peters, and Henry Morris, it was the founders’ desire to create an institution that would “equip students with an education that trains both mind and heart.” In 2005 the College was renamed San Diego Christian College and in 2014 was moved to its current location in Santee. SDC describes its mission as being to “educate and inspire students through the truth of Scripture and the development of competencies that prepare graduates whose purpose is to impact the world.” The College’s vision is to “prepare academically equipped, culturally and globally involved graduates with a biblical worldview and godly character to serve God.” SDC has a total enrollment figure of 900 students, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

San Diego Christian College offers a range of academic programs including traditional undergraduate, adult & online, and graduate-level programs. Among these, two of SDC’s degrees are missions-minded, namely their Biblical Studies major which may be paired with an Intercultural Studies minor or emphasis and an Aviation major which offers a missionary emphasis. This latter program seeks to provide a “seamless integration of faith, academics and flight training” and provides students with the opportunity to complete their certificates and ratings in an accelerated program which allows them to begin their professional aviation career while completing degree requirements. SDC’s Biblical Studies program places “high value on biblical scholarship and intellect, as well as the intent to incorporate biblical truths into everyday life.” The program further seeks to give students “the tools needed to grow their faith, become stronger examples of Christ to others, and ultimately lead others to Him.”

  • Biblical Studies major -Intercultural studies
  • Aviation – missionary

 

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Howard Payne University

Located in Brownwood, Texas, Howard Payne University is a private Christian liberal arts institution. Established in June of 1889 for the purpose of preparing students for Christian ministry, the school was named in honor of Edward Howard Payne, who gave the lead monetary gift to start the university. Howard Payne University has remained dedicated to its original purpose of honoring Christ and strives to provide students with an educational experience that integrates both faith and learning. Situated on a beautiful eighty-acre, tree-line campus on the northern side of the Texas Hill Country in Brownwood, students enjoy many off-campus visits to the nearby Lake Brownwood. Many students also participate in Howard Payne University’s intramural sporting competitions as the school is a member of the American Southwest Conference and boasts a dozen men’s and women’s teams.

A top ranking institution, Howard Payne University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. Howard Payne University offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional degree programs. Comprised of seven schools, these include the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, the School of Music and Fine Arts, the School of Nursing, the School of Science and Mathematics, and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Just over 1,000 students are enrolled at the university, most of which are undergraduate students. Howard Payne University offers two missions-oriented degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian Studies with a cross-cultural studies concentration and the Bachelor of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies. Howard Payne University encourages its students to participate in ministry and service learning and offers opportunities for such with community missions, state school ministry, internships, study abroad and more.

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian Studies – Cross-Cultural Studies
  • B.A. Cross-Cultural Studies

 

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Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University (SBU) is a private, four-year comprehensive evangelical Christian institution located in Bolivar, Missouri. SBU was founded in 1878 in Lebanon, MO as the Southwest Baptist College. In 1879 the college received its charter from the state of Missouri and moved to its current location in Bolivar. Today SBU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including approximately 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. In 1957 SBU was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SBU’s mission statement is clear and concise, declaring the institution to be a “Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.” SBU holds to the core values of Christian Distinctiveness; Compassion and Care for SBU Family; Academic Excellence; and Social and Spiritual Development.

Southwest Baptist University is comprised of several colleges and schools including the College of Education and Social Sciences; the College of Science and Mathematics; the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters; the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Science; the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science; and the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry. It is through this last College that SBU offers its Intercultural Studies major. The first of its kind in the nation, SBU’s Intercultural Studies program has served as a model for other universities. Students are required to complete a six-month semester abroad experience, working with established missionaries in order to learn hands-on ministry-skills, language acquisition and culture acclimation. Students may also select a market skill platform with this degree for the purpose of having a marketable skill necessary for “entering a restricted country or when pursuing bivocational ministry”. Options include computer science, business management, education, English as a second language, sports management, social work and more.

  • Intercultural Studies major

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University was established in 1924 when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged to create Harding College (eventually achieving university status in 1979). Named in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education”, Harding University is “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and serves a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. The University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.” Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.

Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Harding University offers more than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees. Comprised of several Colleges, these include the College of Allied Health, The College of Arts and Humanities, the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, the Cannon-Clary College of Education, the Car College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Bible & Ministry. It is through this last College that Harding University offers its Bible & Ministry major with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural studies. Harding University is home to the Center for World Missions which recruits and trains students for both long- and short-term missions with programs including Global Outreach, the Harding-in-Zambia (HIZ) International Program, and the Missionary Training Village at Harding University Tahkodah (H.U.T.). In addition to these, the University offers students the opportunity to participate in internships and local outreach ministries.

  • Bible & Ministry major – Cross-Cultural studies

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Montreat College

Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Montreat, North Carolina. An interdenominational institution, Montreat College was founded in 1897 by John C. Collins, a Congregationalist minister from New Haven, Connecticut as the Mountain Retreat Association. By 1916 the school grew into a four-year preparatory and two-year college combination, known as the Montreat Normal School. Over the years, the institution continued to expand and by 1986 became a baccalaureate institution. Today, Montreat College is situated on a beautiful campus, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Montreat College strives to be a “leader in Christ-centered higher education regionally, nationally, and globally” and the College’s mission is to be an “Christ-centered, liberal arts institution that educates students through intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation, and preparation for calling and career, all to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”

Montreat College has a total enrollment figure of 1,000, including more than 800 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Montreat College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of fields along with several adult undergraduate programs and online degree programs. An undergraduate Bible & Religion major is offered with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Studies. This emphasis is “especially suited for those who want to enter into world missions or work in an international context” and includes courses such as contemporary mission practices, theology, cultural anthropology and world religions. Montreat College seeks to prepare Bible and Religion students to work with “children, youth, and families in a variety of organizations both in the United States and in other cross-cultural contexts.” Student ministry opportunities include Montreat College’s Fall Service Retreat, Call to Action Week, Spring Break Mission Trips and more.

  • Bible & Religion major – Cross-Cultural Studies

 

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Nyack College

Nyack College is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Nyack, New York. Sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Nyack College is home to the official seminary of the denomination. The College began as the Missionary Training Institute, and was founded in New York City by Dr. A.B. Simpson in 1882. Simpson resigned from a prestigious New York City pastorate in order to create an interdenominational fellowship which would be devoted to serving unreached people. Nyack College’s mission has remained unchanged throughout the years; its goal is that through its various undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, men and women would be prepared to “take the whole Gospel to the whole world.” Nyack College endeavors to “exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission by being: Academically Excellent; Globally Engaged; Intentionally Diverse; Personally Transforming; and Socially Relevant.” The College operates multiple campuses including its Residential Rockland Campus in Nyack, NY and the Undergraduate New York City Campus on Washington Street.

Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1962. Nyack College offers a variety of degrees and majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Comprised of multiple colleges, schools, and the Alliance Theological Seminary, these include the College of Bible and Christian Ministry; College of arts and Science; School of Education; School of Music; School of Social Work; School of Business and Leadership; Alliance Graduate School of Counseling; and the School of Nursing. In addition to its on-site programs, Nyack College also offers a number of online programs for non-traditional students. Two missions-oriented degrees are offered, namely a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with concentrations available in International Development, Global Outreach, and Global Entrepreneurship and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Opportunities for ministry and hands-on experience include Nyack College’s Global Service Learning programs and internships with various organizations.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies

 

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Trinity International University

Trinity International University is a private evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Deerfield, Illinois. The University came into existence in the 1940s when the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America and the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy merged, forming Trinity Seminary and Bible College. In the 1960s that the seminary (which was later renamed Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and the college (renamed Trinity College) moved from their previous location in Chicago to Deerfield. Today, Trinity International University’s mission lies in its commitment to its four core values of “Christ Centeredness, Community Focus, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement.” The University goes on to state that “Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for his glory.”

Trinity International University has a total enrollment figure more than 2,000, including approximately 900 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and schools and has been so since 1996. A wide range of traditional, adult undergraduate and online degree programs are offered as well as graduate programs through the University’s Divinity School, Graduate School, Law School and online. Trinity International University offers a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries with an emphasis on Intercultural Ministries. A 56-60 credit hour program, between 22 and 29 of those hours are spent in the student’s chosen area of emphasis. Christian Ministries majors are also required to complete 400 hours of integrative field experience with local churches and organizations. Opportunities for ministry both locally and internationally include mission trips with some of Trinity International University’s global partnerships.

  • Christian Ministries major

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LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. LETU is named in honor of its founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, and was chartered by the State of Texas in February of 1946 as the LeTourneau Technical Institute. LETU’s original mission was to be a training institute for veterans returning from WWII, however, the institution’s scope soon expanded to include much more. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in Dallas and Houston as well as online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and over 45 different denominational groups represented in the student body. A significant percentage of LETU’s residential students are homeschooled students with a 46%/54% male/female ratio within the university’s global and residential student population.

LeTourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University offers four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs as well as a number of traditional undergraduate degree programs and master’s degree programs. LETU’s undergraduate Christian Ministry major (leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) focuses on service and is especially geared towards students interested in pursuing ministry in local churches, para-church organizations, or in foreign missions. With the goal of equipping students to become competent students and teachers of God’s Word, LETU provides students the opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice through the Christian Service Assignment and the Christian Ministry Internship. Opportunities for campus, community and international ministries are also available to all students as are LETU’s study abroad programs.

  • B.A./B.S. Christian Ministry

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Waynesburg University

Located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Waynesburg University was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A ., Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students “to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” This mission statement continues, “As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.” Waynesburg University is one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program which awards more than a dozen community service scholarships to deserving students each year. The University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on higher Education and has been so since 1950

Waynesburg University currently has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including approximately 1,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Waynesburg University offers more than 70 undergraduate academic concentrations as well as several graduate programs. Two missions-oriented degree programs are offered, namely a Biblical & Ministry Studies major with concentrations in either International Mission or Latin American Studies, and an International Studies major (which is also available as a minor) with concentrations in International Business and International Culture. This latter program offers much flexibility for students, allowing them to take “a broad view or concentrate on the business aspects of international concerns”, but does require a minimum of four weeks spent studying abroad. In addition to the study abroad program, Waynesburg University offers students the opportunity to participate in missions and service trips.

  • Biblical & Ministry Studies, major
  • International Studies, major

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Toccoa, Georgia on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1907 by R. A. Forrest, Toccoa Falls College began as the Golden Valley Institute in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina, originally, before relocating the school to its current location in 1911. By 1937 the school’s four-year college program was chartered and the school received permission to grant its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Toccoa Falls College’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” The school’s vision is for Toccoa Falls College to “be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence and intentional spiritual formation within a caring community.”

Toccoa Falls College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. Toccoa Falls College offers nine undergraduate degree programs through its three schools, namely the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Both a Cross-Cultural Studies major is offered as well as a Cross-Cultural Adult Education major. Several missions-oriented minors are also available including the subjects of Church Planting and Enlargement, Cross-Cultural Bible Teaching and Counseling, Cross-Cultural TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Discipleship, Sustainable Development, and World Religion. Students, particularly those interested in the area of Missions and Cross-Culture studies, are encouraged to take advantage of Toccoa Falls College’s semester abroad programs or internship opportunities in order to better expand their own intercultural experience and learn through working and ministering in a real-world atmosphere.

  •         Cross-Cultural Adult Education, major
  •         Cross-Cultural Studies, major

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Northwest University

Northwest University is a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. The University began as the Northwest Bible Institute, having been established in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. The institution experienced several name changes before finally adopting its current title in 2005. Northwest University describes its mission as being to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus includes 56 semi-wooded acres which overlook beautiful Lake Washington and is mere minutes away from the city of Seattle, offering students access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. Northwest University is neighbors with some of the most successful companies and organizations of this century, including Google, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, which provide fantastic opportunities for internship and careers.

Northwest University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students, over 900 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. Northwest University offers two missions-oriented degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Africa Studies, Asia Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, First Nations Ministry, University Ministry, and Urban Ministry and the Master of Arts in Missional Leadership (MAML). The former program offers the benefit of small class sizes, allowing students to receive one-on-one interaction with faculty members who have personal field experience. A wide range of internship and study abroad opportunities are also available to undergraduate students, allowing them to have an immersive experience in their chosen area of concentration.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. in Missional Leadership

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, about eight miles outside of Harrisburg. The College was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909 and was originally called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. By the early 1920s the school had evolved into a junior college and in 1951 was renamed Messiah College, having by then developed its initial four-year college program. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. The College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College holds its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which granted its initial accreditation back in 1963. More than 80 majors and pre-professional programs are available at Messiah College in addition to nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. The College is divided into four schools, each of which house multiple departments, including the School of Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences; the School of Science Engineering and Health; and the School of Humanities which is home to nine departments ranging from Biblical and Religious Studies to Modern Languages. It is through this latter school that Messiah College offers its two mission-minded degrees, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies with an emphasis on World Christianity and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries with an emphasis on Cross-Cultural Ministries. Encouraging students to become active and involved in hands-on ministry and service learning, Messiah College offers plenty of opportunity for this with their study abroad/cross-cultural practicum, internship programs and more.

  • B.A. Biblical and Religious Studies – World Christianity
  • B.A. Christian Ministries – Cross-Cultural Ministries

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the Genesee Valley in the hamlet of Houghton, New York. Houghton College is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church and was established in 1883. Founded as a high school known as Houghton Seminary, by the mid-1920s the school had grown into a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter by the state of New York in 1927. Houghton College achieved accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1935. Today, Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or close proximity to the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses.

Houghton College offers a wide variety of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are available in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. In terms of mission-oriented degrees, Houghton College offers a Theology major with a concentration in Missions & Intercultural Studies as well as an Intercultural Studies major and an International Development major with minor options in International Development, Linguistics, Missions, Public Health, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The International Studies major in particular seeks to prepare students to serve “around the world in and in the US in fields such as missions, Bible translation, community and international development, health services, education, relief work, refugee services and other service-oriented vocations in diverse cultural contexts.” Houghton College encourages students to become involved in hands-on service and learning and offers missions trip opportunities as well as internships with various organizations.

  • Theology major – Missions & Intercultural Studies
  • International Development majorIntercultural Studies major

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Located in Belton, Texas, The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) is a private, co-educational, Christian institution of higher learning. The oldest continuously operating college in the state, UMHB was foundeded in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and began as the Baylor Female College, the female department of what is now Baylor University. In 1886 the school separated from Baylor and moved to Belton. By 1971 the school, which had been the oldest college for women west of the Mississippi, became co-educational and accepted its first male students. Today, UMHB’s mission is to prepare students “for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society.” Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the university is committed to “academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education”. The university has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,800 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. UMHB is comprised of seven colleges and schools, including the College of Christian Studies, College of Education, College of Humanities and Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, McLane College of Business, and UMHB’s Graduate School. UMHB offers a single mission-oriented degree, the Bachelor of Christian Ministry with a concentration in Christian Missions. This concentration is designed to prepare students “for a life of sharing the gospel in cross-cultural and diverse settings.” Among the classes required in this program are specific courses which relate to the history and methodology of missions, discipleship and evangelism, cross-cultural ministry, and more. Each student enrolled in this program is required to complete a 3-semester hour supervised ministry practicum, which allows them to gain hands-on experience in a ministry setting. Other ministry opportunities include UMHB’s international mission trips, Summer Camp and local ministry.

  • Bachelor of Christian Ministry – Christian Missions

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Grand Canyon University

Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private, coeducational, research institution and the premier Christian university within the state. Established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, before it achieved university status, the school was known as Grand Canyon College. In 2004 after experiencing severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Since that time, the University has seen rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  The University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Grand Canyon University’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

Grand Canyon University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A wide range of degrees and programs are offered and the University is comprised of multiple colleges. These include the College of Doctoral Studies; Colangelo College of Business; College of Education; College of Fine Arts and Production; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Nursing and Health Care Professions; College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and the College of Theology. Grand Canyon University’s curriculum is presented from a biblical worldview and students are taught to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. The University offers two mission-oriented degree programs, namely a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Global Ministry and a Master of Divinity also with a Global Ministry emphasis. Students are encouraged to branch out in ministry and service both at home and abroad and Grand Canyon University offers plenty of opportunities with local outreach programs, global outreach opportunities, and study abroad programs.

  • B.A. Christian Studies – Global Ministry
  • Master of Divinity – Global Ministry

 

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Eastern University

Eastern University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school founders’ original purpose was to create a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school became known as Eastern College and in 2005 achieved university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, the mission of Eastern University is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Leadership, The College of Education, The College of Health and Social Sciences, The College of Theology and Ministry, and The Templeton Honors College. Besides these, the University also contains the Palmer Theological Seminary and Esperanza College. Eastern University offers three missions-oriented degree programs, as well as a couple of minors. These include a Bachelor of Arts in Missiology and Anthropology (undergraduate minor options include both Anthropology and Missiology), a Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology, and a Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in International Development. Student ministry and cross-cultural opportunities abound with the University’s field experience opportunities, internships, study abroad, student ministry organizations and more.

  • B.A. Missiology and Anthropology
  • M.A. Theological and Cultural Anthropology
  • Master of Divinity/M.A. International Development

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Malone University

Malone University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Canton, Ohio on a 96 acre campus. Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, Malone University began as the Cleveland Bible College in 1892. Founded by Friends couple Walter and Emma Malone, the Malones’ vision was to “open a small school in which the Bible could be taught every day and supervision given to practical Christian work such as visiting the sick, calling in homes and personal evangelism.” In 1957 the institution was renamed Malone College after its founders and in 2008 university status was achieved. Today, the University describes is mission as being “to provide students with an education based on biblical faith in order to develop men and women in intellectual maturity, wisdom, and Christian faith who are committed to serving the church, community and world.” The University’s vision is to be “the regional university of choice recognized for Christ-centered academic excellence, spiritual formation, student engagement, and leadership in thought and service.”

Malone University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including College of Theology, Arts and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. More than 40 majors, 42 minors, and nearly a dozen graduate degree programs are offered. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1964. Malone University offers two mission-oriented degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Missions and Cross-Cultural Ministries and a Global and International Studies program which is designed to serve as a secondary major. Malone University encourages its students to be active in service and ministry and offers many opportunities for ministry and cross-cultural experiences through its internship programs, service learning opportunities, study abroad programs, and student teaching.

  • B.A. Missions and Cross-Cultural Ministries
  • Global & International Studies, secondary major

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. The University was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1920 as Marion College, originally. Since that time, the institution has expanded and grown to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered academic community” which is “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 14,500, including more than 10,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University offers nearly 100 undergraduate majors and approximately 40 graduate degree programs and is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. The University offers three missions-oriented degree programs, with undergraduate majors in Global Ministries, International and Community Development, and Intercultural Studies. The Bachelor of Arts in Global Ministries in particular is designed to equip students to “serve in cross-cultural ministry and home and abroad” and combines courses in classical religious studies (bible, religion, theology, philosophy, history, and missiology) with practical intercultural studies courses focused on cross-cultural life and ministry. Students of all majors are encouraged to volunteer and learn through service, and Indiana Wesleyan University offers plenty of opportunities with local, domestic, and international trips, internships and more.

  • Global ministries major
  • International and Community Development major
  • Intercultural Studies major

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. The University was founded in 1968 and was charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly. One of the main factors which caused the General Assembly to choose the area of Mount Vernon was its proximity to a significant portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus, the University operates several satellite locations across Ohio in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s many schools which include the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; The School of Theology and Philosophy; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Jetter School of Business. Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers two mission-minded degree programs, including a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Ministries and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Biblical and Theological Teaching, Business Administration, Church Ordination, Communication Studies, Political Science, Teaching English as Second or Other Language (TESOL) and Modern Language (to be paired with an English or Spanish minor). The University encourages student involvement in service and ministry and offers many opportunities including internships, CoSMO programs (short for Community Service and Ministry Opportunities), service learning trips, semesters abroad in both domestic and international locations, and more.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • B.A. Urban Ministries

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The Master’s University

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president and the institution is affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly which is pastured by MacArthur. Originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College, The Master’s University was established in 1927. Today, The Master’s University’s mission is to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduates students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The Master’s University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, The Master’s University offers a wide range of programs with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. An undergraduate major in Biblical Studies with a Global Studies emphasis is offered, as well as a Global Studies minor. The Global Studies emphasis concentrates on helping students understand different cultures and international vocations and is particularly designed for students with a desire to serve in overseas missions. Students are required to complete a 9 to 12 week summer session or semester in a global ministry context, during which time students are mentored by expatriate and international partners. Students are also required to study language for this emphasis. Additional opportunities for student ministry and international experience include the University’s study abroad programs, short-term missions trips, and local ministry outreaches.

  •   Biblical Studies major -Global Studies Emphasis       

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas, on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas, overlooking the Mountain Creek Lake. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, DBU was founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, the first two-year institution of higher education in the state of Texas. In the 1960s the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before obtaining university status in 1985. DBU’s mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is comprised of the following academic divisions: College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry. More than 70 undergraduate majors are offered in addition to nearly 30 master’s programs, more than 55 duel master’s degree programs, and two doctoral programs. DBU offers two missions-oriented degrees, namely an Intercultural Studies (Missions) major and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies/Master of Arts in Global Leadership. Student service and ministry is highly encouraged and DBU offers several programs and opportunities including Baptist Student Ministries, Intercessory Prayer team, Habitat for Humanity, Ministry Fellowship and much more.

  • Intercultural Studies (Missions) major
  • B.A. Biblical Studies/ M.A. Global Leadership

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a small, private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City. Named one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for two dozen consecutive years, OBU was established in 1910 and is owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. OBU’s mission is to transform lives “by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of a high calling of God in Christ.” The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.

Oklahoma Baptist University offers a number of bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 areas of study as well as several graduate-level programs and degrees. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In terms of mission-mindedness, OBU offers three degree programs through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as through the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry: a Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministry with emphases in International Church Planting and Orality Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies; and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies.  OBU holds the distinction of being the world’s leading college in the number of alumni who serve as missionaries through the Southern Baptist International Mission Board and the University encourages students to participate in the global outreach and local outreach opportunities that OBU provides.

  •         B.A. Cross-Cultural Ministry
  •         B.A. Global Studies
  •         M.A. Intercultural Studies

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Firmly planted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, APU boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of approximately 10,000. APU’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. The University was established in 1899 by a Methodist Evangelist along with a group of Quakers and in Whittier, California. The first Bible college founded in California, APU was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. The University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. These include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). APU offers three missions-oriented degree programs, including a Christian Ministries major with concentrations in Intercultural Christian Ministries and Ministry in Urban and Social Service Contexts; a Global Studies major; and a Doctor of Ministry. Students are encouraged to participate in APU’s ministry programs and service-learning opportunities, including Summer Mission trips, mission teams, and programs offered through APU’s Center for Vocational Ministry.

  • Christian Ministries major
  • Global Studies major
  • Doctor of Ministry

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. The University was established in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Originally called the Central College, in 1917 the name Huntington College was chosen and in 1961 the College received its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 the school achieved University status and its current name was adopted. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including approximately 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including two missions-oriented programs, a Master of Arts in Global Youth Ministry and an undergraduate Missions major. The latter program is offered through the Huntington University Department of Ministry and Missions; a key distinctive of this program is PRIME, a 7-month long ministry experience which takes place in various locations off-campus. More than an internship, PRIME is a unique program which offer students “intensive mentoring by a proven ministry leader”. The Department’s mission is “to develop thoughtful and faithful leaders who will equip others for effective ministry.” In addition to PRIME, Huntington University offers students several ministry opportunities including Spring Break and J-term short term missions trips and programs through the Friesen Center for Volunteer Service.  

  • Missions major
  • M.A. Global Youth Ministry

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in California’s Central Valley, FPU maintains four regional campuses in Central California in addition to its main 50 acre campus in the southeast Fresno area. Regional sites for FPU include the the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. Established in 1944, FPU ranks in the top tier of their category and boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of these students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), FPU has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent.

Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. The University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools which include the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences, the School of Natural Sciences, and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Each program emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development and FPU promises students a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts fairly high retention and graduation rates. FPU offers two missions-oriented degrees – a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Cross-Cultural Studies, Global Mission, Justice and International Development, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). FPU offers students a number of opportunities for ministry and service-learning including campus and local ministry, global missions, and study abroad programs, among others.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. in Intercultural Studies

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University was established in 1871 as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary by John Alexis Edgren. The seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled Europe to escape persecution to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now known as Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary and moved the institution to its current location. At the end of the Second World War the school was chartered as a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. The University offers a broad scope of programs across its four schools, which include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, the Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary. More than 100 degree options are currently offered, including nearly 90 undergraduate majors, 11 pre-professional programs, and nearly a dozen graduate-level degrees. Bethel University offers three mission-minded degrees, with a Missional Ministries major, a Bachelor of Arts in SocioCultural Studies with an emphasis on Global and Urban Missions, and a Third-World Studies major (this latter program is designed to be paired with another major). Bethel University encourages its students to participate in volunteer work and service-learning projects; several opportunities exist for students to do so including the various mission trips organized by Bethel University, local community outreach and outreach in the Twin Cities.

  • Missional Ministries major – Cross-Cultural Missions
  • Third-World Studies major
  • B.A. SocioCultural Studies – Global and Urban Missions emphasis

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Eugene, Oregon. NCU was established in 1895 by Eugene Claremont Sanderson as the Eugene Divinity School (EDS) and is historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The school’s name was changed multiple times before it’s current name was adopted in 2008. NCU’s mission is “to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church and world,” and the school aspires to be “a University characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” NCU has a total enrollment of nearly 750 students, including over 500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and an average class size of 16.

Northwest Christian University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors, adult degree programs, and graduate programs of study. NCU offers a Christian Ministry major with concentrations in pastoral ministry, youth ministry and missions. Designed to prepare students to serve Christ and the church, classes are taught by faculty who have been and continue to be faithful in ministry to the church. With a goal to train students for “the missional task in the Lord’s work,” NCU’s “academics are interconnected with real life ministry with a goal to create a passion for God’s Word and God’s world.” In keeping with this, NCU offers an abundance of ministry, volunteer and service learning opportunities. These include mission trips to locations such as Mexico, San Francisco and Cambodia; local service projects and local youth ministries; internships with local churches and parachurch organizations; summer camps and more.

  • Christian Ministry major – Missions

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois on a 275 acre park-like campus within the beautiful Kankakee River Valley. Established in the early 1900s as a grammar school by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association, in 1909 the school was chartered as a liberal arts college and named the Illinois Holiness College. Not long after this, in 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and in 1986, after experiencing several decades of growth and change, formally adopted the name Olivet Nazarene University. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.” Olivet Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 5,000, including approximately 3,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Degrees awarded include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. In terms of mission-oriented degrees, Olivet Nazarene University offers both a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Missions as well as a Missions/Intercultural Studies minor. Several ministry and service opportunities exist including cross-cultural ministry field experience, the University’s Missions in Action (M.I.A.) program, local volunteer opportunities, and study abroad.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • B.S. Ministerial Missions

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. One of eight United States liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, NNU came into existence in 1913,. Founded by Eugene Emerson, the University began as an elementary school which gradually evolved into a high school, then a junior college, and finally a four-year college in 1937. Today, NNU’s mission is “the transformation of the whole person.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” NNU holds to the values of Transformation; Truth; Community; and Service. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including approximately 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. NNU offers nearly 60 areas of study across its twenty academic departments, including several graduate degrees, adult and professional programs, and online programs in addition to traditional undergraduate degrees. Four mission-minded degree programs are offered, namely a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Ministry (Missions), a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies, a Master of Arts in Missional Leadership, and a Master of Divinity also in Missional Leadership. Designed for students seeking to follow the call of a missionary, either domestic or abroad, NNU’s programs seek to provide a “wide range of foundational knowledge and skills with a specific focus on mission world view.” A number of service opportunities including mission trips exist for students seeking to grow in their faith and experience in ministry.

  • B.A. Intercultural Ministry (Missions)
  • B.A. Cultural Studies
  • M.A. Missional Leadership
  • Master of Divinity Missional Leadership

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Established in 1823 shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement, the University was originally known as the Jackson Male Academy. In 1925 the Academy, by then having adopted its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Today, University has been recognized numerous times as one of the best institutions in the South as well as a Best Value College. The mission of Union University is to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” Union University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. It is through this latter School, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, that Union University offers its missions-oriented degree programs. There three distinct programs, namely the Intercultural Studies major, the Christian Ministry and Missions major, and the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies; two minors, Intercultural Studies and Christian Ministry and Missions, are also available. Designed for students interested in pursuing a calling to the mission field, Union University offers plenty of opportunity to learn and grow through volunteer service and real-world experience. Opportunities for ministry include Union University’s service learning projects, international experiences, “GO trips” ,study abroad programs and more.

  • Intercultural Studies major
  • Christian Ministry and Missions major
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded by Lewis Fitzhugh in 1883, the University was originally known as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies. The College was later donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States and in 1954 became a fully coeducational institution after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Today, Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” The University’s mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.” Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. Belhaven University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Three missions-oriented undergraduate programs which culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree are available, namely an Intercultural Studies major, an International Studies major, and a Biblical Studies major with a concentration in Missions and Cultural Studies. Students are encouraged to serve and have an abundance of programs and opportunities to choose from which both further enhance their education by providing hands-on, real-world experience and allow them to give back to the community and to others. Some of these service and learning opportunities include internships, international mission trips, Urban Ministry, Crisis Counseling, youth work, hospital chaplaincy, Bible Study leadership, study abroad, and much more.

  • B.A. Biblical Studies – Missions and Cultural Relations concentration
  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • B.A. International Studies

 

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Asbury University

Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Established in 1890, the University was originally known as the Kentucky Holiness College before changing its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known the “Father of American Methodism”. While originally founded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, today the University is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. Asbury is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres and is located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled, including over 1,500 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who are located all over the world, serving and leading in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. A variety of academic programs are offered by the University through its several colleges and schools which include the College of Arts and Sciences, The Howard Dayton School of Business, the School of Communication Arts, the School of Education and the School of Graduate and Professional studies. Asbury University offers two mission-oriented degrees, with undergraduate majors in Missions and Christian Ministries. Geared towards students interested in pursuing international missions, Asbury University’s Missions Program is available as either a major or a minor and offers students a “strong biblical foundation” with “intercultural communication, cultural and religious diversity”. Students have opportunity to participate in Asbury University’s Spring Break Missions, and Summer of Service. Several mission boards and ministries such as World Gospel Mission, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Operation Mobilization and more are partnered with Asbury University, allowing students to benefit from intercultural internship and transition into career cross-cultural opportunities.

  • Cross Cultural Ministry
  • Missions
  • Christian Ministries

 

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Established in 1965 by evangelist Oral Roberts (for whom the University is named), ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ORU mission is to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught within the context of a “vibrant Christ-centered community.” A charismatic university, ORU’s motto is, “Make no little plans here,” and the school’s mission is to “build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.” ORU is situated on a 263 acre campus located in south Tulsa, Oklahoma, the state’s second-largest city, which, as a thriving metropolis, offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources.

Oral Roberts University is made up of five colleges, including the College of Arts and Cultural Studies; College of Business; College of Education; College of Nursing; College of Science and Engineering; and the College of Theology and Ministry. More than 65 undergraduate majors are offered along with 14 graduate programs and two doctoral programs, as well as ORU’s degree completion programs and online degrees. ORU offers four missions-oriented degrees including a Master of Arts in Missions and three undergraduate majors in Global Studies, International Community Development, and Global Ministry and The Marketplace. Offered through the College of Theology and Ministry as well as the College of Arts and Cultural Studies, students are encouraged to take advantage of ORU’s semester abroad program and internships with local and regional non-profit organizations or international aid groups. Students of all majors are also given the opportunity to participate in one of ORU’s mission trips.

  • Global Studies major
  • International Community Development major
  • Global Ministry and The Marketplace major
  • M.A. Missions

 

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Bethel College--IN

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Formally established in 1947, Bethel College began as the vision of Daniel Brenneman, the founder of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC), who first called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college and suggested the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and purchased land to begin building. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. More than 50 areas of study are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including four missions-oriented degrees, namely the Bachelor of Arts in both Intercultural Studies and in Christian Ministries, the Master of Christian Ministries and a Master of Arts in Ministry. Offered through the College’s department of Religion & Philosophy, the Intercultural Studies major, in particular, is designed to provide students with a “solid theological and practical ministry base with significant engagement in the social sciences, culture and geography”. Many students choose to add a minor to this major, the most popular being TESOL, Business, Youth Ministry, Philosophy, Sociology, Family Studies, Biblical Languages, and Spanish. Service opportunities for students include Task Force Service Teams, Summer International Institute (SII), and a Semester Abroad.

  • B.A. Christian Ministries
  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Christian Ministries
  • M.A. Ministry

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Evangel University

Evangel University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution located in Springfield, Missouri on an 80 acre campus. Founded in 1955, Evangel University was the first Pentecostal liberal arts college to be chartered in the United States. The University was established by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the denomination with which the University remains affiliated. Evangel University’s mission is to educate and equip students “to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” In order to accomplish this vision, the University “seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person.” With a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including over 1,500 undergraduate students, Evangel University attracts students from every state in the Union as well as from several foreign nations.

Evangel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. Evangel University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including four distinct missions-oriented degrees. These are the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (Missions); the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Intercultural Studies, Global Missions, Member Care, and Islamic Studies; a Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Missiological Studies and Christian Relief and Development; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural studies also with concentrations in Missiological Studies and Christian Relief and Development. Students at Evangel University have plenty of opportunities to volunteer and serve in programs such as campus ministries, missions trips, children’s ministries, and more. International Studies students may also participate in one of Evangel University’s study abroad programs or intern with local and international organizations to gain valuable hands-on ministry experience.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies

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Regent University

Regent University is a private, Christian research institution, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in 1977, the University was established by CBN founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, as the Christian Broadcasting Network University for the purpose of “preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” In 1990 the University adopted its current name and today, Regent University’s mission is to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” Regent University has received multiple national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in 2015; receiving an “A” rating by ACTA; and being named one of the 2015 Military-Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. More than 95 different and fully accredited areas of study are offered by Regent University both on campus and online through the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and seven graduate schools. In the area of mission/intercultural studies, Regent University offers four programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; the Master of Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in International Organizations; the Master of Divinity with an emphasis in International Studies and Missional Discipleship; and a Master of Theology with an Intercultural Studies emphasis. Students are encouraged to participate in the University’s outreach and service opportunities including its “Urban Plunge” mission trip and “Regent Serves” mission trips.

  • B.A. International Studies
  • M.A. Organizational Leadership – International Organizations
  • Master of Divinity – Intercultural Studies or Missional Discipleship
  • Master of Theology – Intercultural Studies

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Anderson University - SC

Anderson University is a private, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. While formally established in 1911, the school traces its roots all the way back to the initial founding of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. The seminary was forced to shut down due to the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and the onset of the Civil War, but was later resurrected in the form of Anderson College (later renamed Anderson University). Anderson University’s mission is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.” Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959.

Anderson University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Anderson University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools, including the South Carolina School of the Arts; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business; College of Christian Studies; School of Criminal Justice; College of Education; School of Interior Design; and School of Nursing. Three missions-oriented programs are available, including an undergraduate major in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Missions, a Master of Ministry and a Doctor of Ministry. Students are encouraged to serve with opportunities including local ministry, international missions, and more. In 2015 Anderson University launched the Great Commission Center with the intent to “help students and faculty expand their involvement in mission activities in the U.S. and abroad.” One of the goals of the Center is to create a more “strategic focus in the mission efforts already occurring involving university students and personnel.”

  • Christian Ministry – Missions
  • Master of Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry

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Crown College

Crown College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, the College sits on a 215 acre campus nestled amid magnificent oaks, rolling hills and clear lakes. Established in 1916, Crown College was originally called the Alliance Training Home; the school’s name changed multiple times over the years, including St. Paul Bible College, before eventually the name Crown College was finally settled upon in 1992. Crown College is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination, which offers students access to well over 12,000 churches all around the world. The College defines its missions as being to “provide a biblically-based education for Christian leadership in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church at large and the world.”

Crown College enjoys a total enrollment figure of more than 1,100, including more than 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Crown College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs including a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; a Bachelor of Science in Global and Cultural Studies; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Studies with an Intercultural Ministries emphasis; an M.A. in Global Leadership with an emphasis in International Christian Education; a Master of Divinity with an Intercultural Ministries concentration; and a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministries. Students have the opportunity to participate in one of Crown College’s study abroad programs as well as a “Destination: Serve” trip (DS trips) which take students to various locations around the globe allowing them to gain valuable service experience in a different culture and environment.

  • B.A. International Studies
  • B.S. Global and Cultural Studies
  • M.A. Christian Studies – Intercultural Ministries
  • M.A. Global Leadership – International Christian Education
  • Master of Divinity – Intercultural Ministries
  • M.A. Ministry Leadership – Intercultural Ministries

 

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Wheaton College was established in 1860 and founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition. Possessing a strong Christian heritage and known for its solid academic results, Wheaton College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper. Out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 (including nearly 2,500 undergraduates), fully 7% of students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent  an ethnic minority group. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors and a variety of graduate-level programs are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, the Department of Global & Experiential Learning and the College’s Graduate School. Two missions-oriented undergraduate majors are offered in International Relations and Urban Studies, as well as three graduate degrees, namely the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Intercultural Studies, the M.A. in Missional Church Movements, and an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Intercultural Studies. Students are highly encouraged to participate in one of Wheaton College’s many service and volunteer opportunities including service learning and mission trips and internships. Students also have the opportunity to participate in one of Wheaton College’s Global Study programs which allow students to gain an U.S. or international cross-cultural experience.

  • International Relations major
  • Urban Studies major
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Missional Church Movements
  • M.A. TESOL and Intercultural Studies

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia on a 7,000 acre campus nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1971, today Liberty University is a high ranking institution, the fifth largest university in the United States and the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000, including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. An impressive 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the University in both traditional classroom settings as well as in an online format. Liberty University is divided into more than a dozen colleges and schools which encompass a wide range of subjects. In the area of missions and international studies, Liberty University offers four undergraduate majors and a Master of Arts in Global Studies. These undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Religious Studies with a Global Studies emphasis; B.S. in Global Studies, which is intended to be paired with either a minor or a second major;  B.S. in Youth Ministries with a Global Studies emphasis; and a B.S. Nursing, also with an emphasis in Global Studies. Students have the opportunity to gain real world service and ministry experience by participating in internships, local ministry, domestic and international service trips and more.

  • B.S. Religious Studies – Global Studies
  • B.S. Global Studies
  • B.S. Youth Ministries – Global Studies
  • B.S. Nursing – Global Studies
  • M.A. Global Studies

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Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of biblical higher education located in Greenville, South Carolina. Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. founded the in 1927 with the vision for creating a training center for Christians that would be “distinguished by its academic excellence, refined standards of behavior, and opportunities to appreciate the performing and visual arts” and in which “Christ would be the center of all thought and conduct.” During the early years, the college made a several moves before settling into its current location in Greenville. Bob Jones University’s mission is, “within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts higher education… to grow Christlike character that is scripturally discipline, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above.” Bob Jones University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including well over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bob Jones University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2006. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools which include the School of Religion; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Fine Arts & Communication; and the Seminary & Graduate School of Religion. A Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Cultural Service and in Christian Ministries is available along with a Master of Arts in Ministry Studies, a Master of Divinity, Master of Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Each program listed is geared towards students who have a heart for missions and intend to serve as missionaries. Several opportunities for missions and service are available, including Summer Mission teams; local church involvement; faculty/staff led fall mission teams; internships, and more.   

  • BA Cross-Cultural Service
  • BA Christian Ministries
  • MA Ministry Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry

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George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was established in 1885 by a Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) after the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report.

George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. More than 40 undergraduate majors are available as well as several adult degree and graduate-level programs. In the area of missions/intercultural studies, George Fox University offers a Christian Ministries major with a concentration in Missions and an International Studies at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level both a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives are available. Students are highly encouraged to become involved in service and George Fox University offers a wide variety of service opportunities including local outreaches, international missions programs, international and national service programs, internships, and more. The University accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959.

  • Christian Ministries major – Missions concentration
  • International Studies major
  • M.A. in Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Global Perspectives

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, Biola University started as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. A nationally ranked Christian institution, the University strives to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A leader in both academic quality and innovation, Biola University has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered as well a variety of graduate degrees. A Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies is available with Interdisciplinary or General Intercultural Studies options and several minors including Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies and Missions are also available. At the graduate level, Biola University offers the Master of Arts in Missions, Intercultural Studies, and Christian Education (with an emphasis on Cross-Cultural Education Ministry); a Master of Divinity with a Missions & Intercultural Studies track; a Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Education as well as Intercultural Studies; and the Doctor of Missiology. Biola University offers plenty of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in service and ministry. Students are encouraged to participate in mission trips – both local and international, – be active in campus ministries, or become involved in the University’s Missions Conference, among other service-learning opportunities.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Christian Education-Cross-Cultural Education Ministry
  • M.A. Missions
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Divinity -Missions & Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Missiology
  • Ph.D. in Intercultural Education
  • Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Abilene, Texas affiliated with the Churches of Christ. ACU was originally established in 1906 as a small learning institution in West Texas, growing out of an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene. Today ACU is known as a leader in Christian higher-education and has received a number of honors and recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and Apple. ACU’s mission is to students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” More than 4,500 students are currently enrolled at ACU, including over 3,600 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Abilene Christian University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees and is made up of the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Human Services, Graduate School, Graduate School of Theology, and ACU’s Honors College. In the area of missions, ACU offers the Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Ministry with a concentration in Missions and in Ministry & Vocation with a concentration in Vocational Missions as well as a minor in Bible, Missions & Ministry. At the graduate level ACU offers a Master of Divinity is available with an emphasis in Missions, a Master of Arts in Global Service and a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Leadership for Missional Renewal. ACU requires daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses and the majority of students spend time volunteering for community service. ACU offers students a wide range of opportunities to serve with Spring Break Campaigns, international missions, internships with mission organizations, and much more.

  • B.A. Bible & Ministry – concentration in Missions
  • B.A. Ministry and Vocation -concentration in Vocational Missions
  • Master of Divinity – Missions
  • M.A. in Global Service
  • Doctor of Ministry -Leadership for Missional Renewal

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