Christian Social Entrepreneurship Degree with a Technology Focus
The vision of the MTSE program is to equip Christians who have worked in the fields of science or technology to use their skills in ministry and business to transform the world through social entrepreneurship.
The MTSE program will help you learn how to use your technology skills for God’s Kingdom from leading tech ministry and business leaders. Our faculty-practitioners have successfully learned what it takes to use technology for the Kingdom in both ministry or business contexts. The program was modeled from interdisciplinary programs at leading technology schools like MIT and Stanford that equip tech-savvy social entrepreneurs and world changers. The program is designed to help students answer the following questions:
- How can my current career path in technology and tech skills be used in God's Kingdom?
- How can I expand my interdisciplinary understanding of technology including theological, historical, social, psychological, systems, business and other perspectives on technology?
- How can I expand my “soft skills” and knowledge in order to move up and improve my effectiveness in my current ministry or professional field?
There is a great need to bridge the worlds of science, technology and religion for 1) lay Christians who are in science and technology fields and 2) technology professionals in Christian ministries and churches. There are critical issues of how science and technology are affecting the world that can benefit from wisdom, spirituality and faith of Christians. Technology provides unique ministry opportunities to Christians and ministries through technology’s ability to bridge Christian social divides and bring innovation in evangelism and ministry. The Christian perspective provides a holistic, humanizing approach that helps counter the dehumanizing effects of technology. The Christian perspective also helps address moral issues like technology related addictions to pornography, gaming, gambling, computers and other online addictions.
To be admitted in the MTSE program, you must either have an bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math-related field or have an unrelated bachelor's degree with at least one year's work or volunteer experience in a position that significantly involves science, technology, engineering or math. Admissions is year round, and students can begin at the start at the beginning of any course term.
MTSE Master's Program Objectives
After completing the program, our students will be able to meet the following objectives:
Cross-Cultural Technology & the Poor: develop effective technology programs in a way that takes into account the unique cultures they will be serving and how to use technology to serve the poor and cross-cultural communities
Theology of Technology: understand the philosophy, theology and historical context of technology in ministry and how to apply that in professional settings
Identity and Calling: understand the vocation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and their unique identity and role within their field in a way that maximizes their calling and enables ministry
Systems: understand complex systems in a way that helps them to effectively lead others and apply technology in ministry and professional environments
Limits of Technology: understand some of the limits of technology and how to counter some of the negative implications of technology and its effect on relationships and creation of new addictions
develop effective strategies for sustainable technology ministry initiatives by monitoring and understanding the latest theories, trends, tools and opportunities in technology in ministry and business professions
Program Design and Focus Areas
Courses are all offered online in five, 8-week sessions, with breaks between sessions. While some of the courses build on each other, they are designed to not require any courses as prerequisites.
- Requirements: 36 Credits
- Price: $266.67/credit hour = $9,600
- Capstone Project: 5 or 8 Credits
Students are encouraged to take electives from other schools to enable them to specialize within a particular discipline based on their interest. Students can transfer up to 18 graduate credits from any accredited institution. See transfer credit policies. While students are encouraged to specialize within one area, students may mix credits from different areas. Some of the focus areas may include:
- Technology Focus: Students can take courses in computer science, science, engineering or other technical disciplines.
- Business/Entrepreneur Focus: Students can take courses from MBA programs, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership, etc.
- Theology/Ministry/Missions Focus: Students can take theology, ministry or missions courses from any accredited institution.
This course will introduce students to the biblical and theological basis for a Christian theology of technology and to the concepts essential to the reflective life and practice of the Christian technologist. The course will help students to: 1) apply a biblical and theological view of technology to ministry situations. 2) clearly evaluate, articulate and address the ethical dilemmas involved in the use of technology. 3) understand and articulate their unique identities as technologists and the unique role played by technologists in the Body of Christ 4) demonstrate a grasp of the biblical history of technology and how it shapes both human consciousness and social and cultural practices including both true and false worship, idolatry and true spiritual imagination. 5) communicate a clear vision for the use of technology in areas such as the development of Christian character, spiritual values and service to the urban poor.
Students are introduced to systems theory with a focus on organizational systems to see the world in terms of interconnected patterns that constitute human, technical and natural systems, and to learn how to reinforce or change these systems appropriately. Students focus on a technology-focused organization to document their interconnected systems such as goals, strategy, environments, structures, processes and people. They map the alignment of these subsystems in order to consider leverage points for improvement, especially in respect to power dynamics, funding, or organizational communications.This course will help students to: 1) Use organizational theory to better understand, map and model internal and external organizational environments. 2) Model systems of funding, communication and power to synthesize new insights into organizational and social systems relevant to ministry. 3) Understand how to build effective systems models using spreadsheets and diagramming software. 4) Apply systems thinking to common strategic issues faced in technology-focused organizations. 5) Understand the systems complexity to understand the limitations of of reductionist, quantitative methods. 6) Understand how to adapt the principles of systems thinking into the living systems of ministries.
This course will explore the Christian vocation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers and their unique identity and role within their field in a way that maximizes their calling and enables Christian ministry 24/7. This course will help students to: 1) Understand their unique identity as a technologist and the unique role played by technologists in the Body of Christ. 2) Identify what their calling or vocation might be and how it might be leveraged for ministry. 3) Understand the unique issues facing Christians in STEM fields. 4) Know where to go to find support structures and resources for their vocation in ministry. 5)Understand the complexities, frustrations and possibilities that will accompany their ministry in vocation.
This is a course in digital strategy and pragmatics that covers Internet ministry, mobile ministry, social media and Internet marketing and analytics. This course will help students to: 1) Communicate a general statistical and social understanding of how both the Internet and mobile technology can be deployed as multiplying factors in Christian outreach, education and community transformation. 2) Clearly demonstrate an understanding of how to practically focus technological solutions on specific ministry problems using both the Internet and mobile technology as the main vectors of action. 3) Enumerate the ways in which Internet and mobile technology can achieve ubiquity of communication of Christian moral, theological and sociological values in the service of the Kingdom of God. 4) Develop an online marketing strategy that includes paid search, organic search, social marketing, conversion funnels and analytics. 5) Develop a strategy and implementation plan that uses the Internet and/or mobile technology to achieve a result in one of the following areas: Christian outreach, Christian education, missiological and cross-cultural communication Christian social entrepreneurship / justice issues.
This course is an introduction to the field of Appropriate Technology and in particular how the principles from that field can be applied to using Information Technology in lower-income and non-Western environments. This course will look at technology approaches and strategies for serving these groups that have been called "the majority world," "the two-thirds world," "the other 90%," "the base/bottom of the pyramid" and "the poor." This course will examine principles of appropriate technology and case studies that will help businesses and ministries develop products and strategies for these groups.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the requirements of the Capstone course proposal. A major focus of the course will be to choose and refine their Capstone project based on feedback from faculty, peers and partner organizations. This course will help students to: 1) Have a reflected on and designed her/his Capstone Project including a timeline from which to work on the Capstone project. 2) Understand the process of research and implementation for the Capstone Project. 3) Identified and secured agreement with an organization and/or advisor to provide mentoring and a practical context for project implementation. 4) Have a completed Final Project proposal to the STM Program Director for Approval.
The Capstone represents the culmination of the student experience in the STM program where students work on a major project that shows an integrated interdisciplinary understanding of the overall STM program. The project should be practical and be able to be used by a current or future employer or affiliated ministry. This course help students to: 1) Create a major product that significantly contributes toward the field of STM in a way that can be used and replicated by others. 2) Synthesize materials learned in the STM program and apply it toward a significant program or opportunity in the field. 3) Collect and evaluate comprehensive research in a particular domain of STM and apply that toward significant program or opportunity in the field. 4) Help spread this solution by communicating, defending and distributing (in written, oral and multimedia formats) a solution to a particular problem or opportunity in the field of STM in a way that can be effectively replicated by others.
We live in an epidemic of addiction to sex, pornography, online affairs, gaming, the Internet and Facebook--all addictions that are exacerbated by technology. This course is intended to equip students with an interdisciplinary approach to minister to those with technology-related addictions combining lessons from the disciplines of counseling/psychology, theology, public health and technology. This course will help students to: 1) Understand the significance of technology-related addictions including sexual addiction, pornography addiction, online affairs, gaming addiction and Internet/Facebook addiction. 2) Develop relationships and accountability structures to ensure your own sobriety and a healthy diet of media, technology and relationships. 3) Equip yourself and others with with resources, strategies and technology tools to protect individuals, families and communities from technology-related addictions. 4) Understand the resources available to get help if you or others you know face issues of technology-related addictions and to be equipped to make referrals and as appropriate help with peer support groups within your ministry context.
This course will explore the discipline of social entrepreneurship focused on high-tech initiatives. This course will help students to: 1) Apply management strategies and techniques of high tech social entrepreneurs for evaluating opportunities, developing innovation, scaling, sustainability, and social impact for their initiative. 2) Learn the unique opportunities, challenges and pitfalls facing entrepreneurs and to reflect and apply that to their own experience in technology initiatives as a Christian. 3) To understand the funding challenges facing social entrepreneurs and to apply that to develop a sustainable funding strategy. 4) To evaluate current strategies and to develop a strategic plan for a high-tech social initiative incorporating the principles taught in this course.
This course will focus on grant and proposal writing covering the research and prospect identification process, foundation grants, government grants and the relational process of grant approvals. This course will help students to: 1) To understand the competitive marketplace of grants, research grants that will fit with your organization’s strategies and capabilities and develop systems for continuously identifying the best prospects. 2) To write professional grant proposals for corporate and private foundations that present your organization in a way to maximize your chance of getting approved. 3) To conduct research and write professional grant proposals for governmental grants that present your organization in a way to maximize your chance of getting approved. 4) To understand the relational element of getting your grant approved including identifying contacts, getting meetings, presenting your opportunity in person and how review and approval processes work.
A directed course of study in a topic of special interest to the student, relevant to Technology and Social Entrepreneurship.
Students in this course will receive academic credit for a technology-based internship at a Christian ministry organization.
Practical Capstone Focus
Rather than focusing on a traditional thesis which too often provides an academic document that few read, the goal of our capstone project is to provide a practical work that could be useful to the student, organizations, businesses or the general public. Students may pick from one of the following types of capstone projects:
- Content-Focused Project. The student will produce a major work of content that can be of use to others. This content could be a course, content-focused website, toolkit, book or major research paper or some combination of these.
- Technology-Focused Project. The student will create a new technology tool which might include a mobile/web app, module, open source software, project, code-driven website or other project that focuses on developing a technology product or component. These projects will be modeled similar to Google’s Summer of Code. Students will work with the Capstone Course Instructor to define their coding project.
- Entrepreneurial-Focused Project. The student will work to create a new business, organization or initiative. The completed work might include a business or strategy plan and other practical elements of launching the initiative.
City Vision University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission and is an affiliate member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. DEAC is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Student may use veterans educational benefits to pay for this program.
Students in this program may not currently receive Federal Student Loans.
Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and either have a degree or experience in a science, technology, engineering or math related field.
Technology and Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Intern Program
Applicants for the MTSE program may also apply for our Technology and Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program Intern program. Selected students may get a full tuition scholarship by serving 35 hours/week at a ministry internship site. City Vision/TechMission has placed over 500 interns in the past 10 years through other programs and has designed this program based on our past experience in operating an AmeriCorps program. To apply visit: www.cityvisioninternships.org