The Master of Divinity International Church Planting track (MDiv-ICP track) is a specialized 85-hour degree track of the Master of Divinity offered by Southeastern primarily in partnership with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (IMB). The campus curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may opt for a two-year or three-year assignment with the IMB, or another approved Great Commission Agency, to complete the field curriculum.

Selection into the International Church Planting program is contingent upon acceptance by Southeastern and the IMB, or another approved Great Commission Agency, and consideration is given to the number of applicants that may be deployed to the designated field site in a given year. Once accepted by Southeastern, students and their spouses enter the application process for service with the IMB, or another approved Great Commission agency. Those opting for a two-year term will apply for the IMB’s International Service Corps, and those anticipating future career service are encouraged to apply for the three-year Career Apprenticeship. More information on these requirements is available from the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies on Southeastern’s campus.

Options for the Program:

  • Fully Online

  • On-Campus

Contact Distance Learning

At a Glance

  • 64

    MDiv hours

  • 6

    International church planting hours

  • 15

    Field hours

  • 85

    Total credit hours

Program Courses

Some people describe seminary as a hoop to jump through, but I found my time at Southeastern to be a life-giving, spiritually edifying experience. Southeastern encouraged in me an undeniable love for God’s word. No amount of effort is too great to understand it or communicate it to someone else. What I saw, exemplified both in the classroom and even just in the culture of Southeastern, is the non-negotiable nature of the Great Commission. Southeastern emphasized that all of us are called to go in some capacity, and that we are most like Christ when we go to hard places.

Mark Turner MDiv and PhD

Ministry in Context


  • Become a missionary with IMB or other global missions entity

  • Plant churches in all contexts – both domestic and abroad

  • Equip a local body of believers to be missions-minded

  • Lead missions teams as member of a non-profit in international settings


Below is a sample of the required and elective courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • MIS 6590 – International Church Planting
  • MIS 6570 – Global and Cultural Studies
  • MIS 6520 – Anthropology for Cross-cultural Understanding
  • MIS 7510 – Cross-Cultural Communication
  • MIS 6970 – Current Topics in International Missions
  • I love to see God shape the heart of students toward his mission. The Scriptures and the writings of other missionaries confront us with God's mission for the lost.

    Scott Hildreth

    Assoc. Professor of Missiology

Have more questions? Connect with our MDiv Admissions counselor.