Doctor of Intercultural Studies (D. I. S.)

 

Program Overview

This program is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the relationship of Missiology proper to the Christian faith and to prepare students to engage in practical application within this discipline. Students are expected to collect the most updated and accurate data and be able to diagnose current world situations. With the information, more systematic structure and its practical implication are achieved in terms of statistical outcomes, world aid and designing strategies for mission.

 

Students will build on a basic understanding of the issues by taking five required seminars and then will build their own area of study through a mentor/student relationship which will culminate in the writing and defense of a doctoral dissertation. Also in many cases, students are to present the research information to the Christian churches and groups in order to form network systems.

 

Objectives

  • Articulate a comprehensive understanding of Missiological and theological issues within an academic setting.
  • Develop a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for academic careers.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze contemporary Christian Missiological issues.
  • Develop and articulate theology issues for contemporary Mission settings
  • Articulate a specific plan for continued academic effectiveness.

 

Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of Christian world view and spirituality.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to facilitate teaching sessions toward world mission.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify critical issues of diversity and make appropriate responses in Multi-cultural world.
  • Graduates will be able to organize networking throughout churches to support missions with their professional expertise.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the integration of the roles of churches and mission evangelism based on biblical principles.

 

Program Admission Requirements

  • Possession of a graduate Master’s degree in Theology, or Bible or Ministry from a BPPE approved or accredited institution or an international institution whose degrees are equivalent to a Master’s degree earned at a BPPE approved or accredited institution. Applicants must submit official copies of all graduate education in order to have their application deemed as complete.
  • All graduate work must have been completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • 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 Doctor of intercultural studies program are given in intensive forms. All students must take the intensive instructions every semester. Total hours to complete Doctor of intercultural studies program: 62 credit hours (3 years, 6 semesters). The total hours of instruction are 48 hours per course. Students can take 1-4 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.
  • The Dissertation course (8 credits) is required after completing the regular courses. Student may be considered full time student even though the dissertation course is only 8 units.
  • 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
  • 1 week intensive course is also provided (3 credit-course, 5 days)
  • 5~7 week course meet once a week

 

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 62 semester units with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all course work.
  • Completion of all units within 7-year time span from date of entry.
  • Completion of all financial requirements.
  • File an application for intent to graduate with the school office 6 weeks prior to graduation to certify that all graduation requirements have been met.
  • Completion of a final dissertation or research project and submission of written document to the office of the Academic Dean prior to graduation.
  • Two recent photographs (passport style)

 

Dissertation Project

 

The final stage of the Doctor of Intercultural studies program consists of the preparation of a dissertation.  The subject matter of the dissertation must be examined and approved by the Doctor of Intercultural studies committee. The dissertation project 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 dissertation proposal in consultation with the advisor.
  • The dissertation proposal 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 dissertation should be 150-200 pages in length.

 

  • Doctor of Intercultural Studies Program Graduation Requirements: 62 Units

 

  • Required Courses: ……………………………………………………………………. 54 Semester Units

MN752_Lifelong Leadership Development

MN759_Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

MN781_Mentoring

MS701_Biblical Principles of Missions

MS702_Biblical Strategies of Mission

MS703_Pauline Theology of Mission

MS711_Contemporary Theology of Missions

MS715_Folk Religion and Missions I

MS717_Asian Religions and Mission Strategy

MS719_Inner Healing

MS733­_ A Study of Missiology in Acts

MS762_Cross-Cultural Missions & Anthropology

MS765_Intercultural_Communication

MS775_Mission Field and Evangelism

MS777_Missionary’s Cooperative Mission

MS781_Mission Project II

MS787_Relationship-Centric Missions and the Role of Communication

TH706_Biblical Theology

 

  • Dissertation Requirements: ……………………………………………………. 8 Semester Units

Required Courses:

DI880_Dissertation (8)………………………………………………………….             8 Units

 

  • Doctor of Intercultural Studies Curriculum (Three-Year Plan): 62 Units
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Co. No. Courses Units Co. No. Courses Units
First Year First Year
MS717 Asian Religions and Mission Strategy아시아 선교와 선교전략 3 MN759 Pastoral Ministry and Leadership목회와 리더쉽 3
MN752 Lifelong Leadership Development리더쉽 평생개발론 3 MS702 Biblical Strategies of Mission성경적 선교전략 3
TH706 Biblical Theology성경신학 3 MS762 Cross-Cultural Missions &Anthropology다문화 선교와 인류학 3
MS701 Biblical Principles of Missions성경적 선교원리 3 MS733 A Study of Missiology in Acts사도행전에 나타난 선교 3
12 12
Second Year Second Year
MS777 Missionary’s Cooperative Ministry협력선교 3 MS719 Inner Healing내적치유 3
MS787 Relationship-Centric Missions and the Role of Communication관계중심 선교와 커뮤니케이션의 역할 3 MS715 Folk Religion and Mission I이방종교와 선교 3
MS703 Pauline Theology of Mission바울선교신학 3 MS765 Intercultural Communication다문화 커뮤니케이션 3
MN781 Mentoring멘토링 3
12 9
Third Year Third Year
MS711 Contemporary Theology of Missions현대 선교신학 3 DI880 Dissertation 8
MS775 Mission Field & Evangelism선교현장과 복음전도 3
MS781 Mission Project II선교전략 II 3
9 8

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