"What is the most useful degree to have on the mission field?"
One of the most useful degrees for missions work is an English as Second Language (ESL) degree or certificate. Everyone wants to learn English, so you can go to almost any country in the world as an English teacher.
If you aren't called to teach, however, any professional or technical degree is valuable, especially if God is leading you to serve in a restricted access country. You also need Bible or seminary training, though if you plan to serve in a restricted country, a degree from a Bible college or seminary on your resume could be a hindrance.
The most useful degree is the one that you have, whatever it is. Find ways to get a long-term visa, possibly using your current degree to establish a platform. If you are currently thinking of a degree with long-term missions in view, then go for one that equips you with a skill that is currently in demand in that country. Theological degrees are useful, but practical ministry skills in discipleship, cell group multiplication, and healing and deliverance will stand you in good stead.
This is not necessarily a degree, but if you could get a few courses in cultures, it would be an immense help. I had only a little cultural training but it came from a pastor with ten years of missionary experience in the country I am now serving. His teachings come to mind again and again as I try to understand the people of this country.
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