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MTSE Program History

The Master of Science in Technology and Social Entrepreneurship (MTSE) was designed based on the need of Christians who have worked in science and technology fields who would like to be more intentional about using their background to serve God.

Modeled on MIT's and other STS Programs. Our founder, Andrew Sears, like many STEM Christians, always felt torn between the two worlds of technology and the Church.  (Read his background in a recent article in Christianity Today.) He attempted to bridge this divide through an interdisciplinary program at MIT called Technology and Policy (TPP), which some called a program for "techies who want to change the world." MIT's TPP program is a part of a larger interdisciplinary field called Science, Technology and Society (STS), which operates at 100+ schools and attempts to bridge the divide between technology and helping others. It was from this experience that he saw the need for an STS program from a Christian perspective, which lead him to explore creating the MTSE program.  

Relationship of TechMission. In 2000, Andrew Sears founded TechMission, which has became a global leader in using technology in ministry. It was through this experience that Andrew met other Christian leaders in technology and ministry including John Edmiston, Christian faculty from Harvard, MIT and many other schools, and other technology and ministry leaders. Together they designed the MTSE program to help equip Christians to use technology to transform the world in Jesus' name.

Relationship to City Vision. City Vision University was founded in 1998 out of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). The college was accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission in 2005. In 2008, AGRM transferred ownership of the college to TechMission.