MA/Intercultural studies

36 credit hours | 1-2  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 take Intercultural Studies at TEDS?

The MA/ICS is flexible, allowing students who live and serve in various parts of the world to complete it. Required courses are scheduled regularly online. Live courses are offered at the Deerfield campus on weekends, and in one- or two-week modular formats, both throughout the academic year and during summers. Courses are also offered at Trinity extension sites. The department requires that students complete at least two face-to-face ME courses at the Deerfield campus in order to meet and interact personally with regular ME faculty and students.

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 Missions in the Modern World (or) Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours
Recommended Electives (6 hours required)
Course Title Credits
ME 7215 Teaching the Bible in Intercultural Settings 3 hours
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

 

Nontraditional Student Options

This program is structured so as to enable nontraditional students to complete it. Required courses are scheduled regularly in evenings, weekends, and in one- or two-week modular formats; others are offered in the summer, at extension sites, online through distance education, or as guided research study. Please talk to an admissions counselor to find out what options might be best for your situation.

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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