We are no longer accepting applications for admission to the M.A. (Intercultural Studies) degree
program. Students desiring intercultural ministry emphasis may instead complete the M.A.
in Ministry and Leadership: Open Track with intercultural studies electives. For more details,
Contact Dr. Terry Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or at 503.517.1894.
The M.A. (Intercultural Studies) program trains students to communicate the Gospel in cross-cultural
settings, no matter where they serve. This training includes cultural analysis, adaptation, ministry
practice, and communication theory -- as well as our trademark integration of biblical and theological
studies. The result is that graduates bring Gospel-centered transformation as missionaries overseas,
or as advocates and church planters amongst the increasingly diverse community found in the 21st
century United States.
What makes the Western Seminary
M.A. (Intercultural Studies) unique?
- Put new skills to use for six months of intercultural living and communication in
a full-time, mentored internship
- Study under faculty who bring a combined century of intercultural experience and
research to enrich the classroom
- Conducting intercultural studies at a seminary makes for a rare blend of fully-realized
Christian worldview and theology with applied missiology
M.A. (Intercultural Studies) Curriculum
View courses and course descriptions
The M.A. (Intercultural Studies) may be completed in two years’ time through conventional
courses on any of our campuses. Students who live at a distance may also complete their training
without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling options,
though their completion timeframe may be extended:
||Students complete their
training in just one day of class on campus per week.
||Add flexibility to your schedule by taking up to 40 credits online with support from dedicated course instructors. Choose from any of 80 courses in any semester.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A completed application for admission
and all admissions materials
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
“Western is a place where the Word of God is made practical. Hands-on, heart-challenging
classes encourage students to apply their beliefs to a way of life. It's worth the investment and
the relationships will last a lifetime--both with professors and other students.”