2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic 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

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Affirm to be a Christian and agree with CIU’s Doctrinal Standard
  • Official transcript for highest earned degree and any master’s level credits earned
    • A minimum 2.5 GPA for the most recent degree obtained.
  • Essay (800 words total)
  • Church Leader Reference

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.

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

Course of Study (30)

Concentration (24)

Capstone Courses (6)

Choose one of the following courses:

New York City Option

In parternship with the New York City International Project, CIU students can complete much or all of the MA in Intercultural or Muslim-Christian Relations while serving in a church planting internship 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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