MA/Intercultural studies

36 credit hours | 2-4  years


This program provides specialized study in the discipline of intercultural studies and Christian mission. The MA/ICS is suitable for persons seeking academic preparation for service as missionaries, cross-cultural workers, teachers, strategists, and researchers. It may also serve as an intermediate step toward doctoral study in a related area.

Why study for an MA in Educational Ministries Online at TEDS?

The MA/ICS is flexible, allowing students who live and serve in various parts of the world and in the U.S. to complete it online. Courses are scheduled online and are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your own home. The convenience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let’s work together so that you can study online and benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer!

Students will benefit from studying under our world class faculty in the areas of Mission and Evangelism. TEDS professors have a combined experience spanning many cultures, with years of work through different modes of cultural engagement. Courses are also taught by outside experts who bring their own highly skilled and unique knowledge to the program. Students complete an MA/ICS for many reasons: to deepen their knowledge for ministry or to equip themselves for doctoral studies. Flexibility, combined with the accessibility, makes it a great program for anyone engaged in cross-cultural ministry and service.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR
ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM?

In addition to the requirements for general admissionyou’ll need the following:

An undergraduate major in intercultural studies or its equivalent that includes a minimum of eight (8) hours in intercultural studies/missions and social sciences, or extensive intercultural experience.

Six (6) semester hours of Bible including Old and New Testament surveys; or TEDS OT 5000 and NT 5000. You can be admitted without this, but you must make up these courses early in your program to move forward.

An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred; we’ll need scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if your GPA is below 3.0.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A foundation of theology courses is coupled with core courses in mission and intercultural studies along with a generous number of electives and a choice of capstone projects (integrative paper, internship, or thesis) depending on your interests and future plans. Courses you will take include the following:

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY CORE: 9 HOURS
Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
INTERCULTURAL STUDIES CORE: 15 HOURS
Course Title Credits
ME 6760 Theology of Mission & Evangelism 3 hours
ME 6610 (or)
ME 8210
Anthropology for Ministry
(or)
Intercultural Communications
3 hours
ME 6410 (or)
ME 7450
History of the Expansion of Christianity (or) Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours
Recommended Electives (6 hours required)
Course Title Credits
ME 7300 World Religions 3 hours
ME 7710 Contextualization 3 hours
ME 8230 Global Church Planting and Development 3 hours
ME 8315 Christian Encounter with Islam 3 hours
ME 8815 Ethnicity: Modes of Analysis and Inquiry 3 hours
ELECTIVES, FIELD EDUCATION & CAPSTONE: 12 HOURS

Elective course work is dependent upon academic and professional goals, and is determined in consultation with the faculty advisor. If writing a thesis, a research methods course is required.

Electives (9 hours)

Field Education and Formation Group (0 hours)

Choose One:
Course Title Credits
PT 5090 Field Ed (two semesters) 0 hours
PT 5090
and
ID 5080
Field Ed (one semester)
and
Formation Group (two semesters)
0 hours

Comprehensive Exam and Capstone

MA/ICS Major Comprehensive Exam 1 hour
MA/ICS Capstone Participants work with the department in completing one of the following
Course Title Credits
ID 7480 MA Integrative Paper 2 hours
PT 746X Intercultural Ministries Internship (Required for students with limited cross-cultural experience as determined by the ME department) 2 hours
ME 7485
MA Thesis (The thesis option requires a research methods course as an elective) 2 hours

 

Missional Ministry Focus

There are many forms of pastoral, church-planting, parachurch, and urban ministry in the U.S., Canada, and other western contexts in which a deep understanding of contextualization and cross-cultural ministry is necessary. For this reason, several courses are offered with a focus in missional ministry. 

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