Build on your professional experience to better serve those to whom you are called.
39 semester credits
(Students with B.A. in ICS from Cook can receive credit up to 9 credits)
On-campus classes will take place on Biola's La Mirada, Calif., campus over a 15-week term.
The MA ICS can be completed fully online.
Cook offers the following hybrid class formats:
Online coursework and La Mirada campus sessions, two consecutive weekends (Thursday-Saturday) offered various times in fall and spring term.
Online coursework and La Mirada campus sessions, two consecutive weeks (Monday - Friday) offered in July.
Online coursework and Chiang Mai, Thailand lecture site sessions, two consecutive weeks (Monday to Friday) in January.
Online coursework and Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, Switzerland, lecture site sessions, two consecutive weeks (Monday to Friday) — coming January 2017.
Full-Time: 24 months
Part-Time: 48 months
Find information about tuition and financial aid opportunities.
The location of Cook is invaluable. I can interact with other cultures on a daily basis, because they are all in our backyard. I shop at an Arab market, get my haircut in little Saigon, and eat in Koreatown. The nations are all right here!
Seth Westhoff, MA ICS Graduate
The M.A. in Intercultural Studies is designed to equip students both for careers in cross-cultural or multicultural environments and for ministries associated with spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in cultures other than one’s own. At the end of the program, graduates should be able to do the following:
Convey an adequate understanding of how to live and work sensitively in contexts or cultures different than their own.
Articulate a cross-cultural or international perspective with respect to their professional training (e.g., in teaching, medicine, business, or development)
Produce written studies and reports manifesting their familiarity with the analytical and research tools available (particularly in the social sciences) and demonstrating their abilities to assess and adapt their objectives and activities to the cultural realities of their working environments
Communicate a clear understanding of the dynamic nature of the gospel, the spiritual and cultural traits of a growing church, the deeply intertwined relationship between the gospel and culture in which God’s self-revelation was given in culture, how it is now communicated across cultures, and how it is being faithfully lived out in appropriate contextualized acts of allegiance to the God of creation
Manifest godliness of character, personal standards of integrity and morality, concern for human rights and justice, and a passion for the reconciliation of humanity with their Creator
A survey of over 450 graduates, with a response rate of 67 (15%) shows that about 35% of our graduates work for mission agencies, 20% work for universities, 5% work for churches, 5% are in international business, and since the degree appeals to such a diverse audience, with so much room for electives, 35% marked "other."
There are multiple ways to complete the coursework. The entire MA ICS can be completed (full time) in 18 months on campus, or spread over several years so you don't have to leave your job and ministry. Click here for the curriculum plan. Classes can be taken in the following formats
If you have a BA in Intercultural Studies, the program may be reduced from 39-30 credits.