Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Your passion for reaching across boundaries and connecting with people has a home with the online Master’s in Intercultural Studies. Both hands on and academically rigorous, the program is tailored toward teaching you intercultural understanding in an ever-changing, diverse world as you do your part to fulfill the global mission of God.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to engage in high-level, critical research, analysis, and writing within the discipline
  • Tools and techniques for engaging with cultures other than your own
  • The societal and global issues that affect intercultural exchanges and relations

Program Length 

This 45 semester hour program can take up to 2 years. 

Career and Ministry Opportunities With This Degree

You’ll be amazed at the doors a degree in intercultural studies can open, whether you’re seeking to enhance a career you already have or switch career paths.

  • Governmental Service: Diplomatic positions in U.S. embassies overseas
  • Military Service: Chaplaincy in various military branches
  • Church Service: Mission pastors; ethnic-outreach coordinators
  • Mission Service: Missionaries in cross-cultural service across the world; mission agency office support person; mission mobilizer
  • Business Service: Private-sector organizations or transnational corporations, such as marketing and product development
  • Academic Careers: Ph.D. work leading to careers in college, seminary, and university-level teaching, both in the United States and abroad

Why Earn an Intercultural Studies Degree at CIU Online?

  • Highly engaged, fieldwork-oriented online classes with students from all over the world
  • Multilingual professors who have lived internationally, doing the very work they’re teaching
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing both academic and spiritual support and guidance
  • Internship and research opportunities built into the curriculum


  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Program Options That Fit Your Experience Level

We offer two program tracks based on your level of experience: one for students with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and one for students who have at least 15 semester credit hours of Bible, theology, or Church history.

Read the program details and course requirements.