Master of Arts in Intercultral Studies (M. A. I. S.)


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies trains leaders, pastors, and missionaries to meet the challenges of the diverse, multi-ethnic and complex mission fields. The program provides students with a missiological framework for understanding the biblical, theological, and historical studies and the practical challenges that the mission field presents. Students will be provided not only with courses in Biblical studies, Church History, and Theology, but also in Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Studies, History of Missions and Missiology.



  • Provide a solid biblical foundation through bible exposition;
  • Provide a sound theological foundation for the practice of ministry
  • Provide a sound biblical philosophy for missions and intercultural studies;
  • Provide the essential knowledge for sound theological and biblical backgrounds; and
  • Provide the theories, skills, and practical abilities needed for ministry.



  • Graduates understand what constitutes, and be able to formulate, a productive research question;
  • Graduates will be committed to the value of, and competently conduct, advanced theological research and writing;
  • Graduates will appreciate the importance of, and be able to use the biblical languages in advanced theological research;
  • Graduates will demonstrate a basic level of expertise in discipline-specific primary source literature, as well as a commitment to its use in scholarly research;
  • Graduates will attain a survey knowledge of the historical development of the student’s discipline, especially focusing on significant individuals and contributions of the modern era;
  • Graduates will understand and apply the major theories of learning and the essential components of effective teaching and assessment;
  • Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to, and ability to carry out, sound pedagogical practices for teaching in formal and non-formal educational settings; and
  • Graduates will demonstrate ability and be committed to relating acquired academic expertise to a multicultural and postmodern context.


Program Admission Requirements

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a BPPE approved or accredited institution or an international institution whose degrees are equivalent to a Bachelor degree earned at a BPPE approved or accredited institution. Equivalency will be determined using standards established by the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Applicants must submit official copies of all undergraduate education in order to have their application deemed as complete.
  • Submission of a personal application form with an application fee of $50.
  • Submission of an essay that details the applicant’s Christian faith, experience and their goals for pursuing ministry training.
  • Submission of three letters of reference, one from a former professor and one from a pastor or minister.
  • Evaluation of personal interview with a team of faculty members
  • Two recent photographs (passport style)

Hours of Instruction

  • The instructions of Master of Arts in Intercultural studies program are given in intensive forms. All students must take the intensive instructions every semester. Total hours to complete Master of Arts in Intercultural studies program: 42 credit hours (2 years, 4 semesters). The total hours of instruction are 48 hours per course. Students can take 1-3 courses per semester. The regular course weights 3 credits. Full-time student must take 9 credits per semester. Therefore the full-time student must take three regular courses (9 credits) every semester. Thesis course (6 credits) is required after completing the regular courses.
  • Total hours of instruction per course: 48 hours (complete a “3 credit-course” in 5 to 16 weeks)
  • The total instruction hours per semester: 9 credit hours


Method of Instruction

Classes incorporate lectures, instructional work in class, demonstrations, one-on-one tutorials, library research, and comprehensive examinations on the Bible. Except for internships and field trips, all instruction is conducted in a classroom setting.


Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 42 semester units, including a dissertation, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for all course work
  • Completion of all financial requirements.
  • Completion of all course work within 5-year time span from date of entry.
  • File an application of Intent to Graduate with the school office 6 weeks prior to graduation to certify that all graduation requirements have been met.



  • The final stage of the Master of Arts in Intercultural studies program consists of the preparation of a thesis. The subject matter of the thesis must be examined and approved by the professor. Thesis is considered an applied research and the topic may be the expansion of one of the course projects.
  • The student must establish a clear relationship of the chosen subject with preaching, missions.
  • The student must prepare a thesis in consultation with the advisor.
  • Thesis must include: the proposed title, a statement of the importance of the proposed research, a provisional outline and overall plan of the project, a statement of research methodology, and a preliminary bibliography.
  • The final thesis should be 120-150 pages in length.


  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Program Graduation Requirements: 42 Units


  • Required Courses: ……………………………………………………………………. 36 Semester Units

BI500_Old Testament Survey

BI501_New Testament Survey

CS510_Ministry of Holy Spirit

MN501_Church Administration IT

MS501_Biblical Principles of Missions

MS502_Biblical Strategies of Mission

MS534_Pauline Theology of Missions

MS546_Asia Mission History


MS580_Mission Project I

TH500_Survey of Church History I

TH502 Systematic Theology I


  • Thesis Requirements: ……………………………………………………………. 6 Semester Units

Required Courses:

TS680_Thesis (6)………………………………………………………………….             6 Units


  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Curriculum (Two-Year Plan): 42 Units


Fall Semester Spring Semester
Co. No. Courses Units Co. No. Courses Units
First Year First Year
BI500 Old Testament Survey 3 BI501 New Testament Survey 3
TH500 Survey of Church History I 3 MS502 Biblical Strategies of Mission 3
TH502 Systematic Theology I 3 MS546 Asia Mission History 3
MS501 Biblical Principles of Missions 3 MN501 Church Administration andInformation Technology 3
12 12
Second Year Second Year
MS565 Intercultural – Communication 3 MS580 Mission Project I 3
CS510 Ministry of Holy Spirit 3 TS680 Thesis 6
MS534 Pauline Theology of Mission 3
9 9


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