OUR PROGRAM

GATE-KD

GATE-KD (Korean Diaspora) is designed for Korean missionaries and ministers in multi-cultural settings who are involved in theological education. It aims to equip them for their teaching work at their local Bible colleges and seminaries in areas of Biblical Studies, Historical Theology, and Apologetics. Students will develop research methods for critically interacting with various theological topics and the ability to communicate their ideas into their own cultural context. As part of one cohort, students may choose whether they would like to pursue a degree in Master of Theology (ThM) or Doctor of Theological Education (DTE).

Th.M. & D.T.E.

Program Overview

Both the Th.M. and D.T.E. at GATE are advanced, graduate level programs designed for missionaries who seek to train pastors and leaders in their local seminaries. Students will develop a biblical-theological framework for enhancing their knowledge and practical skills as theological educators appropriate for their own cultural context.
Both degrees require students to take 8 core courses, which are the following:
  • Methodology for Theological Research
  • Reformed Epistemology
  • Contextual Apologetics
  • Exegetical-Theological Hermeneutics
  • History of World Christianity and Mission I (Early and Medieval Periods)
  • History of World Christian and Mission II (Reformation and Modern Eras)
  • Philosophy of Theological Education
  • The Doctrine of the Church and Missions
The Th.M. and D.T.E. programs differ in their final projects. The Th.M. degree culminates in a 35-page research paper that requires students to interact critically with a theological topic of their interest. The D.T.E. degree culminates in a final research project that requires students to prepare course materials in their area of interest for their future teaching ministry.

Th.M.

Typical Length
2 years
Degree Requirement
8 Core Courses & Research Paper
D.T.E.
Typical Length

3 years

Degree Requirement
8 Core Courses & Research Project
Program Prerequisite
  • M.Div. degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 years of foreign missions or multi-cultural ministry experience
  • English proficiency for theological research
Language

Korean

Cohort
12-15 students
Tuition
$600/ Course
Two courses will be conducted every winter and summer during a two-week period. They will primarily take place online but depending on the situations of each cohort, an offline session for two of the eight courses may be organized.

Th.M. Program Goals

  1. To gain theological knowledge in a Reformed biblical-theological framework, particularly as it relates to the student’s chosen topic of research.
  2. To learn how to communicate and think biblically about the challenges and issues that the student faces in his/her cultural context.
  3. To sharpen one another by engaging in discussions, presentations, and peer reviews in cohorts of 12-15 students
  4. To understand how to do academic research and write an academic paper by employing proper research methods.

Th.M. 2-Year Schedule

 SummerFallWinterSpring
Year1Module #1, 2 Module #3, 4 
Year2Module #5, 6 Module #7, 8Graduation

D.T.E. Program Goals

  1. To gain theological knowledge in a Reformed biblical-theological framework, particularly as it relates to the student’s chosen topic of research.
  2. To learn how to communicate and think biblically about the challenges and issues that the student faces in his/her cultural context.
  3. To sharpen one another by engaging in discussions, presentations, and peer reviews in cohorts of 12-15 students
  4. To understand how to prepare course materials and set an academic standard for theological education.

D.T.E. 3-Year Schedule

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Year1 Module #1, 2 Module #3, 4
Year2 Module #5, 6 Module #7, 8 Project Proposal
Year3 Project Research & Writing Oral Exam & Graduation