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 3.00/4.00
  • 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

  • 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. (Please note: writing samples must be submitted in .pdf format, with the applicant’s 6-digit prospective student ID number in place of their name throughout the paper. The prospective ID number should also be the filename of the document. If papers are not submitted within these guidelines, they will be returned to the applicant for proper formatting.)

  • A personal history essay, addressing questions as posted at

  • 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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Applied Anthropology and Missiology

Hrs Course ID Course Name
Intercultural Studies Required Courses (21 credit hours)
3 MH902 Biblical Theology of Mission
3 ME944 Mission of the Church in the World
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
3 MC971 Anthropology for Christian Mission
3 MD955 Integral Mission
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 GPA 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: 2023-2024

Degree Total Credits Cost
Th.M. 30 credits $736/credit hour
Coursework Total $22,080
Academic Year 2021-2022 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


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.