The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program is designed to equip students in Christian leadership to serve in global missions with a vision and to work effectively with other cultures through learning to better understand and appreciate them.
Upon completion of the M.A.I.C.S. program, students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Biblically Informed Practices: The Foundation of Missional Leadership || Graduates will integrate theology and practice to develop informed responses to needs and challenges encountered in their ministries in a cross-cultural context.
- Spiritual Formation: The Heart of Missional Leadership || Graduates will cultivate a lifelong learner’s attitude that nurtures personal and spiritual vitality and maturity.
- Missional Church: The Goal of Missional Leadership || Graduates will develop plans for their church’s missional participation in cross-cultural contexts.
- Leadership Development: The Implementation of Missional Leadership || Graduates will demonstrate familiarity with the diversity of theories and practices in leadership and management, and apply selected ministry tools.
- Global Diversity: The Perspective of Missional Leadership || Graduates will articulate a global perspective with respect to their professional training.
- A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
- Converted and baptized for at least two years.
- A demonstration of personal and spiritual maturity, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
- The ability to understand Mandarin. (An interview will be given to assess listening comprehension)
- Proof of English proficiency is required. A minimum TOEFL score of 470 / 52 (TOEFL iBT) is required. (Applicants with a bachelor’s or higher degree from English-speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)
Students are required to complete 64 units of coursework. This includes 56 units of core courses, and 8 units of ICS elective courses.
Duration and Location
The program must be completed between 2 to 7 years. Students may petition for an extension on a case-by-case basis.
1. Biblical Studies (15 units)
2. Theological & History Studies (12 units)
3. Practical Theology (5 units)
4. Family Ministry (5 units)
5. Intercultural Studies Core Course (19 units)
Two-year Curriculum Schedule
|1st year||Hermeneutics||(3)||Spiritual Formation & Practicum||(3)|
|NT Survey I||(3)||NT Survey II/ Single Book Study||(3)|
|God, the Bible, and Christ||(3)||Bible and Family||(3)|
|Personal Evangelism||(2)||Church History||(3)|
|Urban Ministry||(3)||Leadership Development||(3)|
|Library Info Research Methods||(1)|
|summer||Mission Practicum Orientation||(2)||Spiritual Warfare||(2)|
|Mission Practicum||(0)||ICS Elective||(2)|
|2nd year||The Pentateuch||(3)||OT Historical Literature||(3)|
|Ecclesiology and Eschatology||(2)||Soteriology, Pneumatology, Sanctification||(3)|
|Pastoral Counseling I||(2)||Life of a Missionary||(3)|
|Mission History||(3)||Mission Capstone Project||(1)|
|Mission in the Local Church||(2)||ICS Elective||(2)|
|ICS Elective||(2)||ICS Elective||(2)|
Students are required, with the exception of the first semester, to participate in local church activities.
- All transfer students from other accredited seminaries must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 83.5%), and complete an application in accordance with the Scholastic Regulations.
- For all other transfer situations, please refer to “Transfer of Credits” in the Scholastic Regulations.
- Complete 64 semester units of coursework with a GPA of at least 2.0 (C or 75%).
- Attend the seminary retreat at least once during the program.
- Obtain academic clearance.
- Students who have 3 or less credit units remaining to complete the degree program may still attend the commencement. Such students must show proof of registration for the remaining units in the following summer term.