The World Mission University is a degree-granting institution that is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE, 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., #130, Orlando, FL 32822; 407-207-0808) and the School of Theology is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS, 10 Summit Park Dr, Pittsburg, PA 15275; 412-785-6505). The accreditation of these associations applies to both the main campus and Orange County Extension Site.

Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

Master of Divinity

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Master of Arts in Music

Master of Arts [Theology]

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Church Music


The following extension sites are approved as specified: Buena Park, CA

Approved Degree: MA in Christian Counseling

Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program


Educational Effectiveness

Purpose and learning outcomes


As the flagship of World Mission University, the School of Theology has not adopted its own statement of institutional purpose. The School is rather guided by the mission statement of the University, which reads “WMU empowers people through transformational biblical education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ”


The School of Theology carries out the University’s mission through its commitment to graduate theological education in the broad context of the Korean American community in the U.S. and other overseas Korean communities. The School’s degree programs (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Master of Arts in Music, Master of Arts [Theology], Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Church Music) are designed to prepare dedicated students to exercise Christian leadership as pastors, missionaries, counselors, musicians, and Bible teachers.


In order to adequately prepare students for Christian leadership responsibilities in a variety of settings, the School has identified seven institutional learning outcomes. They are used to inform the School’s academic programs and support services. Students graduating from our programs will be able to


  • Exhibit a spiritual and personal maturity.
  • Demonstrate ability to influence and lead others individually and corporately.
  • Understand, interpret and communicate the message of the Bible accurately.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Christian theology.
  • Demonstrate practical skills in their specific fields.
  • Demonstrate post-secondary level of critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to engage the world effectively.


Educational Effectiveness

1. Graduation Rate and Placement Rate

  MDiv Professional MA Academic MA D. Min
Year Graduation Rates Placement Rates Graduation Rates Placement Rates Graduation Rates Placement Rates Graduation Rates Placement Rates
2017 35.29 100.00 53.85 78.57 0.00 100.00 NA NA
2016 35.71 83.33 81.25 78.47 33.33 100.00 NA NA
2015 45.00 100.00 50.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 NA NA


2. In 2015 the music department did a survey of alumni to measure their perceptions of the MA in Music program. The profile of 19 alumni who graduated between 2010 and 2014 indicated that the overall quality of the MAM was above satisfactory (4.3 on the 5-point Likert scale). A summary of the findings was included in School’s 2015 interim report to the ATS Commission, as follows.


The Alumni Survey also validated the quality of instruction in the specific areas, most notably studio lessons (4.7), ensembles (4.6), and pedagogy (4.5). Alumni maintained that the performance opportunities they had had during their program, most notably performance with small ensemble and solo performance (both 4.6), had significantly influenced their professional development.

3. There is some evidence that supports the School’s effectiveness in developing successful Christian learners, who exhibit such important traits as spiritual maturity, reflection of one’s tradition, critical and constructive thinking, ownership of one’s own learning process, and habits of asking questions and promoting new learning. The following table, based on the 2015 Graduating Student Questionnaire, shows encouraging signs.


Educational Effectiveness and Personal Growth

In order of score (respondents: 20 graduating students) Average
Enthusiasm for learning 4.5
Strength of spiritual life 4.3
Self-knowledge 4.3
Desire to become an authority in my field 4.2
Respect for my own religious tradition 4.2
Self-discipline and focus 4.0
Scale: 1=Not at all effective, 2=Not very effective, 3=Somewhat effective, 4=Effective, 5=Very effective

4. The results of the RNL Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) regarding instructional effectiveness


2017 SSI Summary: Instructional Effectiveness

Item (in order of satisfaction) Importance Satisfaction (SD) Performance gap
The content of the courses is valuable. 6.82 5.83 (1.15) 0.99
Faculty are fair and unbiased. 6.53 5.66 (1.43) 0.87
The quality of instruction is excellent. 6.59 5.44 (1.25) 1.15
Faculty are available outside of class. 6.49 5.40 (1.53) 1.00
Faculty provide timely feedback. 6.50 5.28 (1.66) 1.22


5. Spiritual formation is integral to all our master’s programs: Student experience with respect to this learning outcome is assessed by means of the Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI). This assessment tool provides in-depth results in 33 scales grouped into five domains of the Connected Life Model: connecting to God, to self & others, to spiritual practices, to spiritual community, and to God’s Kingdom. The School of Theology administers STI to all master’s students, campus-based, online, and at the extension site.

A Summary of Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI)

Connecting to Score 2016 Spring (Online) 2017 Spring (Campus-based)
God Average 61 56
Highest 66 Awareness of God 74 Experience God in prayer
Lowest 54 Secure Connection to God 31 Secure Connection to God
Self & Others Average 50 30
Highest 70 Owning your Faith 62 Owning your Faith
Lowest 34 Agape Love 18 Agape Love
Spiritual Community Average 60 49
Highest 70 Spiritual Friendship 52 Spiritual Friendship
Lowest 45 Secure Connection 35 Community Involvement
Spiritual Practices Average 57 44
Highest 63 Practices Frequency 60 Practices Frequency
Lowest 33 Spiritual Openness 19 Spiritual Openness
God’s Kingdom Average 54 43
Highest 57 Evangelism 50 Evangelism
Lowest 44 Service Outside Church 40 Spiritual Meaning



Master of Divinity PLOs (scale, 1-5) Avg Score
1.   Exegete the text of scripture as given in the original languages. (Scripture) 2.63
2.   Demonstrate growth in personal integrity and spiritual depth. (Spirituality) 3.80
3.   Demonstrate knowledge of the Christian tradition. (Christian Tradition) 3.81
4.   Understand the cultural context and a changing world. (Culture) 3.71
5.   Demonstrate effective ministerial skills. (Ministry Skills) 3.76


Master of Arts in Christian Counseling PLOs (scale, 1-5) Avg Score
1.   Demonstrate general knowledge of the Bible and theology. 3.36
2.   Integrate the Bible/theology and counseling/psychology. 3.69
3.   Demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity as a care giving professional. 3.86
4.   Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of counseling theories. 3.92
5.   Demonstrate leadership and practical skills for counseling. 4.07
6.   Demonstrate critical thinking ability for academic research. 3.71
7.   Demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, knowledge, and skills in counseling. 3.71


Master of Arts in Theology PLOs (scale, 1-5) Avg Score
1. Comprehend fully the word of God when reading the Bible in its entirety. 3.30
2. Identify historical, literary, and canonical knowledge of books of the Bible. 3.72
3. Demonstrate maturity in devotion to God, the truth, and others. 3.63
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Bible with theological perception. 3.63
5. Become a committed Bible teacher handling accurately the word of truth. 3.63






  • Youngjae Kim, winner of the 2015 International Conductors Workshop and Competition
  • Sulki Chang, first place in the 2015 CCM Rookie Competition
  • Sungeun Kim, winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Finals
  • Sangwook Kwon and Choongkil Gu, first and second prize, respectively, in 2009 Opera Reading Club of Hollywood Competition
  • Sunmi Shin, second place in the 2008 Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Finals and first place in the 2008 Opera Reading Club of Hollywood Competition.
  • Heekyung Kim, first place in the 2007 National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition



  • Sungeun Kim, DMA program at Rutgers University
  • Youngsuk Chae, Seungjae Jung, Youngjae Kim, and Clara Lee, DMA program at Claremont Graduate University
  • Grace Kim, DMA degree from Arizona State University
  • Younghae Kim, DMA degree from University of California Los Angeles.



  • Grace Kim, adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University
  • Younghae Kim, adjunct professor at Ehwa Women’s University, Korea
  • Jaesook Kim, adjunct professor at World Mission University
  • Jonghwei Park, adjunct professor at University of Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Kyungmee Yoon, adjunct professor at Pomona College
  • Eunjung Lee, faculty at Musicians Institute
  • Kookhyung Yoon, adjunct professor at Musicians Institute
  • Byungsung Kim, professor at Myongji University, Korea



  • Sunmi Shin, soprano, Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Wieyoung Oh, director of Grace Mission Choir and administrative director of Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians Association
  • Youngjae Kim, principle conductor, Do San Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Kyoungwon Lee, director, Chorale Deum
  • Hyunjoo Cho, artistic director, Young Angeles Chorale
  • Hyunjin Lee, director, Opera California Children Choir
  • Jongwei Park, principle conductor, Asuncion Young-Adult Orchestra, Paraguay
  • Byunggul Lee, band master, Sarang Community Church


PLACEMENT DATA (2010-2015)

  • Sunmi Shin (2015), soprano, LA Master Chorale; DMA program at USC
  • Heejin Park (2015), keyboardist, All Nations Church
  • Junrae Lee (2015), choir director, Hosanna Church
  • Mijin Kim (2015), soloists at The Way Church, conductor of Kama Children Choir
  • Gookhyung Yoon (2015), instructor at Musicians Institute
  • Buunggul Lee (2015), praise band director, Sarang Community Church
  • Changhan Jun (2015), choir director, Agape Mission Church
  • Gihoon Back (2015), sound system engineer and producer
  • Jongsoo Lee (2014), music director, St Joseph Church and Cecil Chamber Choir
  • Miyoung Jung (2014), music director, Oxnard United Methodist Church
  • Giho Chu (2014), music teacher, Insung Women’s High School, Korea
  • Youngsuk Chae (2014), DMA student at CGU and music director, Irvine Baptist Church
  • Gapsoo Park (2013), music pastor, Olympic Presbyterian Church
  • Wieyoung Oh (2013), director, Grace Mission Choir
  • Kwangsik Lee (2013), praise band leader, Los Angeles Grace Church
  • Jaehyuk Jung (2012), choir director, Full Gospel Church
  • Seungeun Kim (2012), DMA student at Rutgers University
  • Younghae Kim (2011), adjunct professor, Ewha Women’s University
  • Jesoph Jun (2011), music director, Living Water Mission Church
  • Young Jae Kim (2011), DMA program at CGU, music director, Los Angeles Symphonia
  • Jaesook Kim (2011), adjunct instructor at World Mission University
  • Joohee Kim (2011), praise band keyboardist
  • Hyungjoon Park, praise band director, New Life Vision Church
  • Eunjung Lee (2011), instructor at Musicians Institute
  • Injung Kim (2010), private instructor at a music institute
  • Jongwei Park (2010), professor at University of Asuncion and music director of Asuncion Youth Symphony Orchestra, Paraguay
  • Gihyun Sung (2010), director of a music school in Vietnam
  • Hyun Kim (2010), music pastor, Southern California Fellowship Church
  • Hyunjin Lee (2010), conductor, Opera California Youth Choir
  • Hyunhang Lee (2010), music pastor, Zion Church
  • Jungmi Cho (2010), choir conductor, Downey Agape Church
  • Junsuk Cho (2010), senior pastor, Cornerstone Korean Church
  • Jihwan Kim (2010), pianist, The Way Church, and private instructor
  • Jihwan Lee (2010), MM program at California State University Northridge