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Master of Arts in World Missions & Evangelism (MAME)

Become a global Christian and live out the Great Commission by cultivating disciples throughout the world. In the Master of Arts in World Missions and Evangelism, you’ll receive specialized training as you prepare for and engage in Kingdom work. With a solid biblical and theological foundation, and instruction in cultural sensitivity and regional awareness, you’ll be ready for various pathways in missions and/or cross-cultural work of any kind.


  • General
  • Church Planting
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural Teaching
  • Islamic Studies

Typical Student

Students in the M.A. in World Missions and Evangelism come with varied levels of cross-cultural experience, from short-term missions trips to years in the field. Many are interested in overseas missions, while others desire to work amongst cross-cultural populations in the U.S. Five concentrations allow you to focus on the area where you feel called. For areas not on the list, our general concentration is flexible enough that you can elect courses specific to your interest. The general track is also a great option if you’re still exploring your calling within the cross-cultural context.

Potential Careers

  • Overseas missions
  • Cross-cultural teaching
  • Cross-cultural counseling
  • International social work
  • Church planting

M.A. in World Missions and Evangelism graduates are living and ministering in diverse locations across the globe, including Kenya, Thailand, the Middle East, Japan, Ukraine, Paraguay, Haiti and many more.

Program Distinctives

  • Missions is at the core of Gordon-Conwell’s existence, tracing back over 100 years to our roots in the Boston Missionary Training Institute and the Temple Program in Philadelphia
  • Overseas Missions Practicum mobilizes, trains and sends out teams of students into cross-cultural areas around the world
  • Pioneers Partnership provides a flexible course plan and half tuition scholarships to Pioneers missionaries
  • J Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions fosters a global visions among the Gordon-Conwell community, equips leaders in the global Church, and serves as a bridge between seminary and the world
  • The Center for the Study of Global Christianity researches and analyzes the status of Christianity and world religions in every people, language, country and city
  • Historic Lausanne Consultation hosted on Gordon-Conwell’s campus

Program Details

Degree Requirements:

Completion time: 2 years

Sample Courses

Degree Goals

  • To understand the basic content and themes of the Old and New Testaments in their historical and cultural settings, as well as the historical and theological dimensions of the Christian faith
  • To become familiar with the basic contours of the history of Christian missions
  • To experience a field-specific, cross-cultural mission internship so as to develop the skills and a deep commitment to the worldwide communication of the gospel in strategic partnership with the global church
  • To foster love for God and his Word and therefore to cultivate the practices of spiritual maturity and Christ-like character, and to understand the Christian's ethical responsibility in church and society
  • To appreciate and be sensitive to the cultural, religious and social contexts of the peoples of the world and develop appropriate strategies for communicating the gospel into those contexts, with a special emphasis on those who currently have no access to the gospel or where the church is not yet viable
  • To engage in biblical and theological reflections which are particularly essential for effective cross-cultural ministries.

Spotlight Alum

“My Gordon-Conwell experience provided a deeper theological grounding plus very practical knowledge regarding cross-cultural missions, all of which equipped me to more effectively serve the needs of those with whom I work alongside in Europe. I was challenged to stretch and grow academically and spiritually—which is not always a comfortable process, but is excellent preparation for ministry in today’s world.”

Andrew Funka, MAME ‘12
Missionary, Alongside Ministries International;
Assistant Pastor, Prague Christian Fellowship | Prague, Czech Republic