Master of Arts in

Intercultural Studies

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

(MAIS) — 36 units

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) offers students a 36-unit graduate-level program of study that includes a core curriculum of biblical studies and interdisciplinary skills along with a targeted intercultural field study that includes an ethnography project. This highly specialized program requires students to complete a minimum of eight months of the program from a cross-cultural field of study of the student’s choosing. The program is designed to be completed between 20-24 months.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

(MAIS) — 36 units

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) offers students a 36-unit graduate-level program of study that includes a core curriculum of biblical studies and interdisciplinary skills along with a targeted intercultural field study that includes an ethnography project. This highly specialized program requires students to complete a minimum of eight months of the program from a cross-cultural field of study of the student’s choosing. The program is designed to be completed between 20-24 months.

PURPOSE
The MAIS degree is primarily designed to prepare students for:

Cross-cultural Christian ministry including international missions and/or other leadership
roles that would find the student in a context not otherwise native to the student;
Field work among a targeted foreign-language and/or people group.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program students will be able to:

1. Interpret the content of the Old and New Testaments utilizing a literal-grammatical-
historical hermeneutic;
2. Demonstrate a graduate-level proficiency in research and writing on a targeted cross-cultural people group of the student’s choosing;
3. Express essential Christian doctrines in a cross-cultural and missional context; and
4. Apply biblical knowledge for effective international missions work.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Each candidate for the MAIS degree must meet the general graduation requirements and complete 36 units (or 12 three-unit courses) of graduate-level courses and:

1. Complete 36 units of graduate level courses as indicated below.
2. Complete at least 30 units at SCS.
3. Complete the program curriculum with not less than a 2.0 GPA.
4. Successfully complete the Intercultural Field Study (1 & 2) and the Ethnography Project.
5. Submit a petition to graduate to the Registrar by the deadline in the Academic Calendar.
6. Settle all financial obligations to SCS.
7. Be recommended by the faculty based on demonstrated moral integrity.

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MA Intercultural Studies Core Curriculum

BIBLICAL STUDIES – 9 UNITS
BI-500 Bible Survey
BH-501 Hermeneutics
NT-601 Analysis of Romans

INTERDISCIPLINARY SKILLS – 9 UNITS
RS-501 Graduate Research and Writing
TH-500 Survey of Theology
TH-508 Comparative Systems of Theology

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES – 18 UNITS
PH-507 Christian Ethics and Leadership
BC-515 Conflict Resolution
MI-507 Theological Foundations of Missions
MI-611 Intercultural Field Study 1 (trimester)*
MI-612 Intercultural Field Study 2 (trimester)*
MI-651 Ethnography Project (2 trimesters)

* Must be completed from a cross-cultural field of study of the student’s choosing

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES – 18 UNITS
PH-507 Christian Ethics and Leadership
BC-515 Conflict Resolution
MI-507 Theological Foundations of Missions
MI-611 Intercultural Field Study 1 (trimester)*
MI-612 Intercultural Field Study 2 (trimester)*
MI-651 Ethnography Project (2 trimesters)

* Must be completed from a cross-cultural field of study of the student’s choosing

Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry 2

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Our Mission

Southern California Seminary’s mission is to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills—all at modest tuition.

Our Purpose

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