Intercultural Studies (MA)

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is a fully-online degree program that prepares students for many types of cross-cultural ministry, providing them with a solid framework for examining and engaging their ministry context with a broad missiological lens. The degree is intended for students with diverse levels of cross-cultural experience and emphasizes scholarship and practical experience.

Students combine a core of foundational and advanced courses with one of four concentrations: Community Development, Scripture Impact, Translation, or Customized Concentration. Depending upon their concentration, graduates are equipped for missional, para-church, development, and marketplace roles in the cross-cultural and local context and may enter into such mission specialties as church planter, relief and aid worker, or Bible translator.

To provide flexibility for Christians working in the United States and around the world, Johnson University offers an applicable, achievable, and affordable Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies from an accredited university. Students in this program are not required to make campus visits but have access to many online academic resources and tools. Enhancing the intercultural focus, the program curriculum also emphasizes intercultural development within individuals, families, and faith communities.

Concentration Options

Community Development
Scripture Impact

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Articulate critical thinking that is biblically, culturally, and missiologically informed.
  • Demonstrate cultural and ethnic sensitivity in relationships and leadership for communicating the Gospel.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for pursuing mission vocations as participants in God’s mission.
  • Value spiritual formation in their personal lives, families, and faith community.

For a comprehensive list regarding student learning outcomes, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Missiological Anthropology
Animism & Folk Religions
Second Language & Culture Acquisition
Living & Working in the Muslim World
Missionary Formation
Mission Theology