The Doctor of Intercultural Studies is an advanced professional degree, designed to equip Christian leaders and missions workers for increased skill and effectiveness while serving in pluralistic and multi-ethnic contexts. This in-service program is designed for ministers who are already involved in cross-cultural work, so that professors and colleagues from around the world can connect at interactive class modules with a minimum of interruption to life. The training culminates in the research, writing, and defense of a dissertation that explores a major topic of mission and how the student can advance that work.




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What Sets Our Intercultural Studies Apart?

  • Visiting and resident faculty are actively engaged in cross-cultural ministry around the world, bringing current findings and experiences into the classroom.
  • A non-residential program configuration means students can complete their training with minimal travel to the Portland campus—and no need to move away from home.
  • Students may specialize the focus of their training by choosing electives from our Master of Theology (ThM) or Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs.




Accessible Scheduling

The Doctor of Intercultural Studies program may be completed in two years’ time by enrolling in one or two week-long intensive seminars offered at Western Seminary Portland campus. This unique scheduling design means students can complete their studies without leaving family, career, or ministry behind. This level of academic research requires students to have ready access to a theological library in their region.

Intercultural Studies Education That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary student graduates with an average of only $8532 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master of Divinity degree or master’s degree in theology or missiology from a regionally accredited school or seminary
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least two years of ministry experience (preferably with an orientation to intercultural outreach), and continuing ministry involvement
  • 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. Alternative admission options often include pre-Doctor of Intercultural Studies standing while prerequisite studies are completed. 


 Note: The Doctor of Intercultural Studies was formerly the Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) program 


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