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Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) offers graduates comprehensive and inter-disciplinary exposure to biblical studies, Christian doctrine, and missions. The program aims to enrich you with a critical awareness of trends in world missions and help you to develop a firm grasp of the implications on the local church. The program also integrates field-based skills with conceptual knowledge to support effective cross-cultural communication and ministry in the mission field.

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Overview/Admission Requirements

Accreditation Asia Theological Association
Credits

30 credits for theological bachelor’s degree holders

60 credits for non-theological bachelor’s degree holders

Duration

Full-time: One year (30 credits)

Two years (60 credits)

Part-time: Up to three years (30 credits)

Up to six years (60 credits)

Admission Requirements

You must:

  • Possess personal and spiritual maturity
  • Be willing to engage in Christian ministry
  • Be recommended by your local church
  • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5

If you are an international applicant, you must have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT)/550(PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.0 (or the equivalent)

Anticipated
Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you should have:

  • Critical knowledge and understanding of Scripture and Christian doctrine
  • Well-developed skills in interpreting and applying Scripture to practical life situations
  • Well-informed understanding of the nature of the church, its ministry and mission
  • Well-developed discernment of various trends in world missions and its implications for local church and church growth
  • Well-developed capacity to reflect theologically on contemporary issues in the world missions and make independently-formed judgments
  • Strong commitment to developing spiritual maturity in yourself and others
  • Competent skills in living, working and ministering in culturally diverse settings and contexts
  • Good range of professional competencies in missions work

Curriculum

BIBLE

15 credits

Old Testament Foundations* 3
New Testament Foundations* 3
Hermeneutics* 3
Electives 6

THEOLOGY AND HISTORY

18 credits

Systematic Theology I* 3
Systematic Theology II* 3
Systematic Theology III* 3
Pentecostal Studies 3
Church History* 3
Electives 3

MINISTRY AND GENERAL

27 credits

Online Orientation 0
Theological Research and Writing* 3
Homiletics* 3
Principles of Missions* 3
Biblical Theology of Missions 3
Cultural Anthropology 3
Electives 12

TOTAL

60 credits


Theological Bachelor degree holders are expected to have completed subjects marked with an * in their Bachelor degrees. Otherwise, these subjects may be required as deficiencies in the course of study.

Each course is worth three credits unless otherwise stated.

Study Schedule

Year 1

Term 1

Theological Research and Writing
Old Testament Foundations
Systematic Theology I

Term 2

New Testament Foundations
Systematic Theology II
Principles of Missions

Term 3

Hermeneutics
Systematic Theology III
Church History
Cultural Anthropology

Year 2

Term 1

Homiletics
Biblical Theology of Missions
Elective Missions

Term 2

Elective Bible
Elective Theology
Pentecostal Studies
Elective Missions

Term 3

Elective Bible
Elective Missions
Elective Missions

Note

  • The course Theological Research and Writing is offered in an online format. All students must start the program with this course.

  • Students can choose to study their courses online if they are offered. This mostly consists of the first-year courses.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the following requirements for graduation.

  • Satisfactory completion of the program of study
  • Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Approval by the Dean’s Committee
  • Settlement of all financial obligations with the College
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