Admission Requirements

Personal Qualifications

  1. Completion of five years in intercultural ministry and presently in a ministry.

  2. Participation in the Master of Arts program in Missions presumes a significant level of ministry experience and personal maturation. The program intent is to provide an option for those who desire to enhance their ministry but whose circumstances of age and finances make a return to a baccalaureate program detrimental to their ongoing missions ministry.

  3. Applicants usually will not have an accredited B.A. or equivalent degree. CSICS offers other programs for applicants who have the baccalaureate degree.

  4. Three references are required: church or denominational endorsement; personal friend; and ministry colleague (or employer if currently employed outside the missions community).

Academic Qualifications

  1. Equivalency of two years of collegiate level studies or three years of Bible School training.

  2. Proficiency in English language.

Admission Procedure

  1. The applicant's potential to compete successfully in a graduate program will be determined by the M.A. in Missions program director, the CSICS Dean, and the Admissions Officer who will interview each applicant and evaluate all credentials.

  2. Each approved applicant will be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Missions program on probation and must complete the first five courses (15 credits) with a grade point of at least 3.3 or higher to advance further in the program.


Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete 58 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum.

  • At least 24 credits must be taken at this institution.

  • Obtain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale with no grade below “B” in all courses to be credited toward graduation.

  • Complete the entire program in no more than six years.

  • Students who are placed on probation after the first 15 credits, are granted one semester in which to bring their academic work up to the required level for continuance in the program. A student cannot graduate while on probation.

  • Successfully pass a comprehensive examination over coursework.

  • Students who are not proficient in a second language will be required to take ISAL 520 or 655. Proficiency standards for a second language will be determined by the program director in consultation with the faculty. The standards are given in the student handbook.

  • Meet with department advisor and a 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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