In 1988, the Oriental Mission Church met to pray about the need for a new seminary that would train missionaries, pastors and lay leaders. At the end of the meeting, a plan had been formulated for what would become World Mission Theological Seminary, which became reality in 1989.
In 1991, the school was granted the authority to offer Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. In 1992, they were permitted to award Bachelor of Arts degrees by the California Department of Education. To reflect the new educational opportunities at the school, the name was changed to World Mission University in 1993.
The university moved to its current location in Koreatown, in the center of Los Angeles, in 2003. The school empowers students through transformational Biblical education, encouraging them to serve the church and impact the world for Christ. Students are able to understand, interpret and communicate the messages found in the Bible accurately while exhibiting a spiritual as well as personal maturity. Students understand Christian theology while also demonstrating practical skills in their field. Students are able to influence others while leading both individually and corporately. Students have a cultural sensitivity to engage the world effectively.
World Mission University Accreditation Details
World Mission University is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools as well as the Association of Theological Schools. All three accrediting agencies are members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation means that the school meets or exceeds standards of academic excellence as set forth by the accrediting agency.
World Mission University Application Requirements
In order to apply for admission to World Mission University, students must have earned a high school diploma or academic equivalent. Students who apply for graduate programs must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
Students must complete an application and pay the applicable fee. Official transcripts from high school and/or any college or university attended must be submitted. Students must provide two letters of recommendation and a statement of their Christian faith. Students must also provide two passport-style photos and a medical examination report.
Applications are evaluated on the students' sense of calling form God for Christian ministry, their born-again experience and baptism with water as well as active participating in the church community. Prior academic performance and recommendations are also considered when determining whether a student will be accepted. Students are provide the opportunity to meet with the president of the university during new student orientation.
Students must complete a comprehensive Bible examination. English proficiency tests are not required as Korean is the primary language of instruction. All applicants must be born-again Christians whose lives demonstrate excellent Christ-like character and attitude.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition at World Mission University is $220 per credit hour. Master's degree programs are $240 per credit hour and doctorate programs are $360 per credit hour.
World Mission University offers financial aid and scholarships to those who meet financial need requirements. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be actively involved in the community, registered as a full-time student and not had any disciplinary actions during their prior semester. Students may not have outstanding balances or incomplete files and they must make satisfactory academic progress. New students are not eligible for institutional scholarships during their first semester of studies. Scholarships available include:
- Alumni Student Scholarship
- Bong Mo Scholarship
- Dae Soon Scholarship
- Designated Scholarship
- Dong Soon Scholarship
- Family Scholarship
- Jae Soon Scholarship
- Joo Eun Scholarship
- Kuem Soon Scholarship
- Kun Joon Scholarship
- Kyoung Ae Scholarship
- Overseas Mission Scholarship
- Pastor's Scholarship
- Scholastic Achievement Scholarship
- Soon Ya Scholarship
- Sung Hwan Scholarship
- Yong Jang Seoung Scholarship
All tuition and fees are due at registration. Students who are financially unable to pay all tuition and fees may pay in installments with one-half tuition at registration, one-quarter in week four and the final quarter in week 8. All financial obligations must be met before a student may register for the next semester.
Online Degree(s) Available
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling at World Mission University is designed for students who intend to assist the personal growth of others as part of a ministry. The program is 126 credit hours which includes General Education, Bible and Theology requirements. Students are prepared for both graduate study and to perform counseling related ministries in a church setting.
Students develop the skills and knowledge to articulate Biblical foundations while demonstrating growth in their own spiritual and personal life. Students integrate counseling practices with Christian faith and demonstrate basic skills related to counseling while addressing the needs of others in diverse cultural settings.
Students must demonstrate competency in at least seven of ten ministry skills listed on the Ministry Skills Assessment Form and will be examined on their knowledge of the Bible. Students may develop a prospectus and outline for a thesis to be approved by their academic supervisor in their senior year. The thesis must be approximately 30 pages, double-spaced and submitted at the end of the student's senior year.
The program is offered in a completely online format in an effort to expand the university's educational resources to Koreans in different parts of the world. Students are admitted to the online program by meeting standard requirements for admission. Students may apply at any time during the year for the online program.
World Mission University seeks committed servants who will not only serve the Church, but also want to transform the society where they have been called to serve. The university's foundation is the Bible and the faculty is deeply committed to provide outstanding education through the teachings of God. Students are not only provided the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen industry, but also in their faith. World Mission University offers online programs that are designed to provide working adults with the ability to achieve their higher education goals while meeting work, family and social obligations.