Degrees

Master of Theology [Intercultural Studies]

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 30-hour (plus dissertation work) Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies introduces students to theological, contextual, and strategic literatures of missiology and prepares them for informed and effective practice of mission across cultures and within the student’s own culture. Through theological research that focuses on the mandate, message and mission of the Christian church, you’ll develop a deep understanding of biblical-theology and history from a cultural perspective. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to teach within the academy.

What to Expect from the Degree

The following is an overview of the degree requirements:

  • Completion of 30 credit hours as outlined in the Academic Catalog with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30/4.00
  • Active attendance of the weekly school seminars and the annual interdisciplinary colloquium of Advanced Research Programs.
  • Completion of a written thesis or scholarly article appropriate for publication

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for a detailed and full list of the graduation requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Application deadline: January 5

  • Application Form.
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree; accredited Master of Divinity degree or an academic or professional (two-year or 60 credit hours preferred) Master of Arts in an appropriate theological discipline. Accreditation is required by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada.

  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary schools attended, sent directly by each institution to the Asbury Seminary Admissions Office.

  • A nonrefundable $50 (US) application fee that includes processing of the application and a personal background check.

  • Four professor or other scholar references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu.

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.00 for baccalaureate and graduate work is required for admission. The grade point average as calculated by the Admissions Office at Asbury Seminary shall be considered the official grade point average for admission.

  • A scholarly essay, representing an example of the applicant’s ability to do independent research and reflecting a research interest appropriate to the degree program, approximately 25 pages in length, completed within the last three years.

  • A personal history essay, addressing questions as posted at asburyseminary.edu.

  • A resume or CV detailing education, ministry, and leadership experience.

  • For applicants whose native language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 575 paper or 90 Internet or 6.5 IELTS score. Normally, TOEFL or IELTS will not be waived; exceptions are possible only in specific situations where there is clear evidence that the applicant exceeds minimum TOEFL requirements.

  • The Admissions Committee may request the applicant to submit additional materials and/or schedule an interview with a seminary representative.

Personal History Essay:

  • Share your life story and at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ.  Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Asbury Seminary’s Advanced Research Program.  Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in this program. (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  • Please describe your ministry and vocational experience, including positions held and dates of service.  (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  • Statement of Purpose – Describe briefly the reasons you are prompted to pursue study in the particular program area you have chosen and what you hope to gain through the program.  Give specific goals, and personal or professional needs.  (350 to 500 words maximum)
  •  (Optional)  If you feel your cumulative grade point average or academic test scores do not adequately reflect your abilities to flourish at Asbury Seminary, please explain.
  • (Optional) If you are married, describe your spouse’s attitudes toward your plans for seminary education and future ministry.
  • Please attach a resume or CV.

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Intercultural Studies Required Courses (21 credit hours)
3 MH902 Biblical Theology of Mission
3 MH900 History of Christian Missions
3 MC971 Applied Anthropology and Missiology
3 ME914 OR ME915 Theology of Evangelism OR Church Growth Theory and Practice
3 MC910/MH910 Contextual Theology
3 BB900 or BB950 Scholarly article or thesis
0 MS745

Seminar in Missiology (non-credit)

Register and attend weekly for two semesters (fall and spring)
Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

600*, 700*, and 900 level courses in World Mission and Evangelism

* by permission of Dean of Advanced Research Programs through academic petition

Additional Requirements

  • Attend required, non-credit Advanced Research Programs Interdisciplinary Colloquium as scheduled until coursework is completed.
  • Cumulative GRP of at least 3.30/4.00.
  • Fulfillment of all degree requirements in not more than three calendar years from the first term of enrollment.

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually and our Ministry Partners Program helps you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance: 2018-2019

Degree

Total Credits

Cost

Th.M.

30 credits

$665/credit hour

Total

 

$19,950

Academic Year 2018-2019

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$140 per semester

$70 per semester

Graduation Fee

$200 one-time fee

$200 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$115 per semester

$55 per semester

Th.M. [Biblical Studies only] 
Competency Exit Exam Fee

$150 one-time fee

$150 one-time fee

Scholarships

Postgraduate Support Scholarships are available to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology students based on criteria of merit and need.

To apply

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the Asbury Financial Aid Application
  • Complete a Postgraduate Support Scholarship Application, including a 1000-word essay describing your passion for research and how it will equip you for the future.

Save Time! Save Money!

Combine your Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies or Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a Master of Theology degree, you’ll save up to 15 credit hours! This option is designed for those planning to pursue a Ph.D. or for those seeking a deeper educational background to serve in the church or marketplace.

This dual track option allows you to:

  • Share up to 15 hours between degrees, reducing your overall time and cost to complete the degrees.
  • Prepare for the rigor of the Ph.D. program and strengthen your CV. Classes are taught at a Ph.D. level.
  • Gain a more extensive knowledge-base for marketplace or church ministry.
  • Shorten the admissions process if you’re already a current student.
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