We are not currently accepting new applications to the M.A. (Intercultural Studies) program as revisions are underway. We are busy upgrading the program design and courses, and look forward to an announcement of the revised program. Students desiring cross cultural seminary studies may instead complete the M.A. in Ministry and Leadership with intercultural studies electives, Master of Divinity World Ministry Track, or the Doctor of Intercultural Studies. For more information contact an enrollment counselor, or Dr. Rob Wiggins at 1.877.517.1800 x1876

The Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies) degree 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.




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In as few as two years



40 credits online,
20 on campus




What Sets Western Seminary Intercultural Training apart?

  • 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



Accessible Scheduling

The M.A. (Intercultural Studies) may be completed in two years’ time through conventional courses at Western Seminary Portland campus. 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:

Monday Track Students complete their training in just one day of class on campus per week.
Online Courses 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.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A 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.


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