Program Requirements

MA in Intercultural Studies

39-credit program

Accelerated (12-month) BA to MA in Intercultural Studies

30-credit program (for qualified applicants with extensive undergraduate work in ICS and/or Missions)


Why Choose an MA if you have a BA in ICS?

The MA goes beyond the BA in three ways:

  • Effectiveness: Sharpen your skills in cross-cultural work to be more effective in your career.
  • Focus: Gain an International perspective on a specific area in cross-cultural work (TESOL, translation, church planting, community development, etc.)
  • Research: Hone your research and writing skills as you analyze specific cross-cultural issues.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average. Graduates from approved, unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, if GPA is 3.4 or higher. Graduates from approved, unaccredited colleges may be required to take additional liberal arts course work (not applicable toward the graduate degree), if their undergraduate program did not include these courses.

  2. Those without intercultural/ missions or Bible / theology or anthropology may have additional coursework added to their program.

  3. Applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree will relate to those objectives. Applicants should attach a one-page, typewritten letter to the application.

  4. Three letters of references on forms supplied by the school are required.

  5. Official transcripts for all previous schools attended are required.

  6. Application deadlines. M.A. programs: Fall is July 1, Spring is December 1; Ph.D.: Fall is February 15, Spring is September 15; D Missiology Fall is April 15, Spring is October 15. Applications may be submitted after deadlines (late fees apply) but will only be considered if space and time allow. Late applications may be postponed to later terms.

Note: Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the required courses listed below.
  2. Successfully pass a comprehensive examination over coursework.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Meet with department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in Admissions, Registration & Graduation Requirements section).
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