Purpose of DIS Program

The purpose of Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS) is to equip professional ministries for further research and future teaching opportunities.

 

Goals

The DIS program seeks to develop students with foundational knowledge and extensive experience of cross-cultural ministry by

  • advancing their knowledge of interdisciplinary study combining theological, historical, and contextual studies.
  • engaging them in critical and constructive interaction with existing scholarship in an area of ministries through original research.
  • fostering an understanding of the vocation of theological scholarship in its dimensions learning, teaching, and research.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students will have demonstrated

  • ability to integrate disciplines related to the subject areas of their research.
  • competence in applying research methods to their ministry contexts.
  • sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity as they engage in research.
  • commitment to spiritual formation for their own growth and for the growth of others.

 

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 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)

 

Emphasis

  • Counseling
  • Divinity
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Missiology
  • Music

 

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, ministries.
  • 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 Strategy 3 MN759 Pastoral Ministry and Leadership 3
MN752 Lifelong Leadership Development 3 MS702 Biblical Strategies of Mission 3
TH706 Biblical Theology 3 MS762 Cross-Cultural Missions &Anthropology 3
MS701 Biblical Principles of Missions 3 MS733 A Study of Missiology in Acts 3
12 12
Second Year Second Year
MS777 Missionary’s Cooperative Ministry 3 MS719 Inner Healing 3
MS787 Relationship-Centric Missions and the Role of Communication 3 MS715 Folk Religion and Mission I 3
MS703 Pauline Theology of Mission 3 MS765 Intercultural Communication 3
MN781 Mentoring 3
12 9
Third Year Third Year
MS711 Contemporary Theology of Missions 3 DI880 Dissertation 8
MS775 Mission Field & Evangelism 3
MS781 Mission Project II 3
9 8

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