Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (ICS)
The M.A. in Intercultural Studies prepares you for life, work, and ministry in an ever-changing, culturally diverse world. The program provides you with a focused knowledge of the tools and techniques needed to study cultures other than your own. Students will engage in research and analysis that is informed by those disciplines and contributes to the ministry of those engaged in work among ethnic and cultural groups.
The M.A. in Intercultural Studies will equip you to:
Demonstrate skill in identifying and analyzing cultural issues.
Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God.
Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God.
Potential employment and service opportunities for graduates include:
Governmental Service: various diplomatic positions in various U.S. embassies overseas.
Military Service: chaplaincy in the various branches.
Church Service: mission pastors; ethnic outreach coordinators.
Mission Service: short-term to long-term missionaries in any cross-cultural service anywhere in the world; mission agency office support person; mission mobilizer.
Business Service: entry-level positions in non-governmental organizations or transnational corporations; tentmakers/business as mission or any other creative access type of platform overseas; marketing specialists to specific groups.
Academic Careers: The thesis option track of the M.A. in Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare students for further graduate work, especially a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies or a related discipline. With a Ph.D., students have the potential to teach at the college, seminary, and university level in North America and abroad.