Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (M.A.I.C.S.)


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 by 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 practices 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 growing attitude that nurtures personal 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.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
  2. Had been converted, and baptized for at least two years.
  3. A demonstration of maturity in personal and spiritual life, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
  4. The ability to understand Mandarin. (An interview will be given to assess the listening comprehension)
  5. Proof of English proficiency is required. Minimum TOEFL score of 470 / 52 (TOEFL iBT).  (Applicants with a Bachelor or higher degree from English speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)

Program requirement

Students are required to complete 64 units of course work.  This includes 56 units of core courses, and 8 units of ICS elective courses.

Duration and Location

The program must be completed in time frame between 2 to 7 years. Students may petition for an extension on a case-by-case basis if pass 7 years.


Core Courses


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

First  Semester

Second  Semester

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)
15 15
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)
14 14


Church Life

Students are required, with the exception of the first semester, to participate in local church activities.

Transfer Students

  1. All transfer students from other accredited seminaries must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 83.5%), and apply according to the Scholastic Regulations.
  2. Please refer to the Transfer of Credits in the Scholastic Regulations.

Graduation Requirement

  1. Complete 64 semester units of course work with GPA of at least 2.0 (C or 75%).
  2. Attend the seminary retreat at least one time during the program.
  3. Obtain an academic clearance.
  4. Students who have 3 or less credit units left 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.