Master of Arts in Intercultural studies

Online | Deerfield, IL

Trinity’s Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies will prepare you to respond to a complex and diverse world. If you are or are looking to become a missionary, this program will deepen your biblical understanding, strengthen your intercultural ministry skills and elevate your intercultural communication skills. You will have the opportunity to study with an internationally experienced and knowledgeable faculty. This program also prepares you for our Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies.


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


Course Title Credits
ME 6760 Theology of Mission & Evangelism 3 hours
ME 6610 (or)
ME 8210
Anthropology for Ministry
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 (9 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


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 (6 hours)

Field Education and Formation Group (0 hours)

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

“I have been pursuing a call to mission work since I was a child, and the MA Intercultural Studies program at TEDS has helped to prepare me to pursue that call. I have learned so much from our faculty at TEDS that has reshaped how I view and approach ministry in a variety of contexts. My professors and peers have also given me so much support and encouragement as a woman pursuing ministry, and I am incredibly grateful.”

Abbie Winters ’22

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Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

“At TEDS, students in the MA in Intercultural Studies program not only learn about global theologizing, we actually do it. Classroom discussions are enriched by the participation of students from around the globe. Together we study God’s Word, learning how to understand it and put it into practice in our diverse and changing contexts. Our passion is engaging in God’s mission in the world — through our words and our deeds, whether at home or abroad.”

David M. Gustafson
Assistant Professor


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.

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