2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intercultural Studies, MA

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The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (M.A. ICS) provides students with a focused knowledge of the tools and techniques needed to study cultures other than their own. Students will engage in research and analysis that is informed by those disciplines and contributes to the ministry of those engaged in work among ethnic and cultural groups.


The M.A. ICS equips students to:

  • Demonstrate skill in identifying and analyzing cultural issues.
  • Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God.

Admission Requirements

Students must fulfill general admission requirements (see Admissions for detailed information). Students must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA in undergraduate study or scores above the 50th percentile on the GRE.

Time Limitation

The time limit for completion of all requirements is ten years, measured from the date a student begins coursework in the M.A. ICS program.

Transfer Policy

Course credits earned at another institution may be counted toward the M.A. ICS degree, but a minimum of one-third of the course credits required for the degree must be taken at Columbia International University. Transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and dean.

Completion Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Read the entire Bible following admission, including selections assigned in Bible courses. This requirement must be completed six weeks prior to graduation.

This degree is offered in two different formats: Program 1 for college graduates with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and Program 2 for college graduates who have at least 15 semester hours of Bible, theology, or Church history. If a student does not have at least 15 semester hours of Bible, Theology, or Church history but can document equivalent competency in these areas (i.e. through previous life experience and study), then admission with Program 2 status will be considered on a case by case basis.

The M.A. ICS is available fully online. Please contact Admissions for further information.

Program 1 Course of Study (45)

Program 2 Course of Study (30)

Concentration (24)

Capstone Courses (6)

New York City Option

In partnership with the New York City International Project, CIU students can complete much or all of the MA in Intercultural or Muslim Studies (program 2 only) while serving in a church planting internship among Muslims and internationals in New York City. Students may earn six hours of internship credit for this experience while enrolling full or part-time in CIU’s online studies.

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