Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



Master of Arts / Intercultural Studies

As our world becomes increasingly globalized, the task of relating cross-culturally – and seeking to communicate the Gospel cross-culturally – is more and more pressing.

The MA / ICS is a flexible program designed to offer growth in ministries that require cross-cultural sensitivity and preparation for further academic work. Such ministries are located in the U.S. (such as missions pastors) and abroad, and include but are not limited to traditional “overseas missions”. Graduates will be equipped to interpret Scripture well, able to wrestle with contextualization, and strengthened in their knowledge of missiology and cultural sensitivity.

Master of Arts / Intercultural Studies

Where can this degree take me?

This program serves as great preparation for a variety of vocations. There are many forms of pastoral and parachurch ministry in the U.S. in which a deep understanding of contextualization and cross-cultural relationships is crucial. For this reason explore our Missional Ministry Focus in the MA ICS program. This selection of courses equips students to live as missionaries in their contexts and to lead others in the Western church in missional ministry. This program is also great preparation for vocational missions work of many kinds nationally and overseas. Additionally, our community has benefited greatly from the wisdom and insight of career missionaries who, having already been on the field, take educational sabbaticals to complete this program; they in turn have been challenged with fresh insights to put into practice when they return.

This program also serves as preparation for further graduate or doctoral work in intercultural studies, missiology, or a related field.

What will I study?

A foundation of theology courses is coupled with core courses in mission and intercultural studies, including some options in pastoral theology, along with a generous number of electives and a choice of capstone projects (integrative paper, internship, or thesis) depending on where you’d like to go with this degree. Courses you’ll take include the following:

  • Bible and Theology Core - 7-9 hours

    ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
    ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
    ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours

  • Intercultural Studies Core - 12-15 hours

    ME 6760 Theology of Mission and Evangelism 3 hours
    ME 6610 (or) ME 8210 Anthropology for Ministry (or) Intercultural Communications 3 hours
    ME 6410 (or) ME 7450 History of Missions in the Modern World (or) Christianity in the Non-Western World since 1700 3 hours
    Varies Electives in Intercultural Studies 6 hours

  • Electives, Field Education & Capstone - 8-13 hours

    Electives (6 hours)

    Elective course work is dependent upon academic and professional goals, and is determined in consultation with the faculty advisor. If writing a thesis, a research methods course is required.

    Field Education and Formation Group (0 hours)

    PT 5090 Field Ed (two semesters)
    PT 5090 Field Ed (one semester) and ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters)

    Comprehensive Exam and Capstone

    Field Education and Formation Group: Choose One 0 hours
    PT 5090 Field Education (2 semesters)

    PT 5090

    and ID 5080

    Field Education (1 semester) and Formation Group (2 semesters)
    MA/ICS Major Comprehensive Exam 0 hours
    MA/ICS Capstone Participants work with the department in completing one of the following
    ID 7480 MA Integrative Paper 2 hours
    PT 746X Intercultural Ministries Internship (Required for students with limited cross-cultural experience as determined by the ME department) 2 hours
    ME 7485 MA Thesis (The thesis option requires a research methods course as an elective) 2 hours


Nontraditional Student Options

This program is structured so as to enable nontraditional students to complete it. Required courses are scheduled regularly in evenings, weekends, and in one- or two-week modular formates; others are offered in the summer, at extension sites, online through distance education, or as guided research study. Please talk to an admissions counselor to find out what options might be best for your situation.

Missional Ministry Focus

The missional ministry focus equips students to live as missionaries in their contexts and to lead others in the Western church in missional ministry. Learn more about this special focus area.

What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • Eight semester hours of undergraduate missions and social sciences courses, or extensive intercultural experience.
  • A minimum of one semester-length survey class each in Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian theology or doctrine (generally totaling 9-10 semester hours). You can be admitted without this, but you must make up these courses early in your program to move forward.
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred; we’ll need scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if your GPA is below 3.0.