Asbury Seminary’s 48-hour Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] develops global leadership skills to navigate relationships without borders, as you gain a new appreciation for authentic diversity. Throughout your study, you’ll integrate theology with anthropology, sociology and ethics.
What to Expect from the Degree
As you complete your degree, you’ll be able to
- Understand contributors to contemporary socio-cultural diversity and complexity using theological and social science resources.
- Demonstrate intercultural competencies by integrating theories learned in class with experiential learning.
- Appreciate the diversity and authenticity of Christian witness around the world through new-found self-awareness.
*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.
|January 15||May 15||September 7
- Application (online at asbury.to/apply)
- $50 non-refundable Application Fee
- Accredited baccalaureate degree
- The M.A. [IS] program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0
- Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
- Personal history essay (1050-1500 words) 350-500 words per question.
- Share your testimony starting with how you met Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in seminary.
- What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
- Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
- Optional: If your GPA is not a good indication of your academic ability, please explain.
- Four required references (references cannot be related to applicant)
- Four references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu, including a pastoral reference (required) and a professor or academic administrator reference (recommended). Laity or personal acquaintances are accepted.
- For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
- Background Check
- A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee
Learn more about what other graduates of Asbury Seminary are doing.
Mike & Myra WatkinsMissionaries with Every Nation in Central and Eastern Europe.
Jennie WheatonMobilizer with TMS Global.
HarrisonCo-Founder of Ziyada.
Jacob GuotPresident & Founder, Africa Sunrise Ministries.
Don & Marla BettingerMissionaries & Church Planters in Taiwan.
Mason TannerCollege and Young Adult Pastor at Riverstone Church, Kennesaw, Ga.
Jordan CraigAssociate Pastor at River City Church, Smyrna, Ga.
Chris BarbeeMissionary to Roi Et, Thailand.
Church Planting—Be equipped to plant churches, preach effectively and make disciples wherever God calls you through theoretical, theological and practical study. Learn More about the Center for Church Multiplication.
International Development—For those interested in focusing their learning on a holistic approach to international missions – recognizing that the good news of the Gospel can be spread and realized through economic, environmental, and social development within communities.
|Hrs||Course ID||Course Name|
|3||MS700||History of Christian Movements|
|3||MS798||Practicum in Christian Mission|
|3||NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511||Inductive Bible Study|
|3||TH501||Basic Christian Doctrine|
|3||TH601||Theology of John Wesley|
|Intercultural Studies Required Courses (15 credits)|
|3||MS644||Mission of Church in the World|
|3||MS671||Anthrop for Mission Practic|
|3||MS702||Mission & Biblical Theology|
|3||MS708||World Religions & Mission|
Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] Church Planting Specialization (9 credits)
|Hrs||Course ID||Course Name|
|3||MS634||21 Century Church Planting|
|3||MS705||Urban Church Planting|
Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] International Development Specialization (9 credit hours)
|Hrs||Course ID||Course Name|
|3||MS505||Foundations of Development|
|3||MS627||Public Theology for Global Development|
|3||MS730||Congregations and Social Change|
Master of Arts [Intercultural Studies] No Specialization (9 elective hours)
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
|Master of Arts||48 credits||$712/credit hour|
|Academic Year 2022-2023||All Campuses Fall/Spring||All Campuses Summer|
|Technology Fee||$225 per semester||$110 per semester|
|Graduation Fee||$200 one-time fee||$200 one-time fee|
|Student Services Fee||$160 per semester||$80 per semester|
Institutional scholarships are available through Asbury Theological Seminary. Scholarships are highly competitive and priority consideration is given to those who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Asbury Financial Aid Application, and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.
Recipients of scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need.
Some of the scholarships include:
- Mary Whetstone and Walter J. Knabe Scholarship – average award $10,700
- Windgate Scholarship – average award $10,000
- J.C. McPheeters Scholarship – average award $7,000
- Timothy C. Tennent Church Planting and Cross-Cultural Missionary Service Scholarship – average award $4,500
- Leo H. Naughton Scholarship – average award $3,200
- Asbury Deans Scholarship – average award $1,500
Save Time! Save Money!
Combine your Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, or Master of Theological Studies with a doctoral-level Master of Theology (Th.M) degree and 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.
- Work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
- Shorten the admissions process if you’re already a current student.