Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies will equip you holistically to serve a world in need, whether your mission field is an unreached people group, an urban neighborhood, or the marketplace. You will learn from leading missiologists who are committed to a gospel-centered curriculum that is in tune with diverse shifting global realities.

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Innovation

The gospel of Jesus Christ does not change, but our methods and practices must change. We have been known as innovators since the founding of our school nearly 50 years ago. We continually reflect on what it means for us to live into the new issues and needs of our world. Thus we pioneer programs on topics like children at risk, global worship, and new expressions of church.

Formation

Your preparation for kingdom service goes much further than coursework; we are deeply committed to your spiritual and character formation. In all dimensions of your experience with us you will learn both content about mission as well as what it means to grow in humility, compassion, and courage as you seek to be an agent of transformation for Christ.

Collaborative Research

Fuller has long been seen as a leader in shaping mission theory and practice. Our Center for Missiological Research draws scholars and practitioners from around the world, creating a community of mutual learning and investigation where "iron sharpens iron." Join us as we address emerging missiological issues with academic vigor and cultural sensitivity.

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Intercultural Foundation

Exploring the relationship between ideas learned in the classroom and practical ministry is central to the formational learning process within our Masters and Certificate programs. As a student, you will not only glean from contemporary dialogues occurring in the field of intercultural studies, but we invite you to contribute your personal and diverse experiences to the ongoing conversations. Through regular interaction with fellow classmates, knowledgeable faculty, and academic study, you will find your experience of graduate, intercultural study to be challenging and enriching.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) is a two year program for mid-career missionaries and international church and mission leaders. This degree exposes students to new possibilities for missiological praxis so that they meet the challenge of contextualizing the gospel in an increasingly global community. In addition, it enables practitioners to pursue coursework in one area of missiological study, culminating in a reflective and research-based writing project.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Master of Theology in Missiology (Korean Studies)

The School of Intercultural Studies' Korean Studies' Program provides three degrees taught in Korean language: Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, Master of Theology in Missiology and Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministry. There are approximately 250 active students in the degree programs. Students come from 34 countries around the world, speaking 32 languages. Our students are comprised of missionaries, mission organization leaders, local church pastors, lay leaders in mission, and professional tent-makers.

Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies (PhD ICS) degree, offered through Fuller's Center for Missiological Research (CMR), represents the highest academic credential in the study of global Christian mission at one of the most well-known and respected missiological training institutions in the world. It is designed to provide exceptional candidates the opportunity to design, develop and complete a customized research plan in consultation with faculty advisors through a customizable tutorial-driven process that integrates a wide range of missiological disciplines.

Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies

The Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies (ThM ICS) degree equips pastors, mission and denominational leaders to meet the challenge of ministering in an increasingly complex, multiethnic, multinational world. The ThM in Intercultural Studies provides students who have already earned the Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) the missiological framework for research and reflection by building on the biblical, theological, and historical studies gained through their previous work. The program enables practitioners to pursue concentrated coursework in one area of missiological study, culminating in a reflective and research-based thesis.

Global Research Institute

The Global Research Institute provides a fellowship to post-doctoral non-western Christian scholars that allows recipients to take a two academic quarter sabbatical (about 6 months) to Fuller Theological Seminary's Pasadena campus to research and write materials to further the intellectual and spiritual mission of the church in the scholar's particular region.

Global Leadership

The School of Intercultural Studies (SIS) seeks to train and equip mission leaders in context to evaluate critically and respond effectively to global realities of the twenty-first century. The primary purpose of SIS Global Leadership is to enable leaders to maximize their leadership potential by integrating missiological theory into missional praxis. Students in these programs will interact with a broad base of core missiological literature in order to engage the relevant issues in their ministry contexts. As a result, leaders are able to have direct and practical impact on the life and ministry of their organizations.

Master of Arts in Global Leadership

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) allows men and women, who have at least four years of leadership experience and are actively engaged in a significant leadership role in a church or parachurch organization, to stay fully engaged in their ministries while studying mainly online.

Doctor of Missiology

The Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) is the highest level of professional certification in missiology. In this program, key leaders will continue their ministries in context while attending a local cohort-based class and interacting with visiting School of Intercultural Studies faculty on-site.

Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministry

The School of Intercultural Studies' Korean Studies' Program provides three degrees taught in Korean language: Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS), Master of Theology in Missiology (ThM), and Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministry (DMin). There are approximately 250 active students in the degree programs. Students come from 34 countries around the world, speaking 32 languages. Our students are comprised of missionaries, mission organization leaders, local church pastors, lay leaders in mission, and professional tent-makers.

Vocational Placement

Life After Fuller

The School of Intercultural Studies prepares students for a wide range of cross-cultural contexts and areas of work. While core classes ensure a solid foundation in theology and missiology, concentration classes allow you to pursue a particular area in greater depth thus preparing you for future ministry and employment. Resources for vocational placement are readily available through the SIS Advising Office or Fuller's Office of Vocational Discernment.The following graph provides a picture of the types of organizations with which SIS graduates are currently working:

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World Vision International Apprenticeship

The School of Intercultural Studies has a unique arrangement with World Vision International that allows two graduates the opportunity to work alongside seasoned World Vision technical professionals. The apprenticeship is a two-year paid position, and is specifically suited for those graduates with an interest and concentration in International Development. Apprentices are placed in one of World Vision International's U.S.-based offices where they assist with research and assessment in areas like peace-building, child rights and transformational development. Interested students may apply during the Winter Quarter before graduation.

COMMUNITY LIFE

Cohort Program

An opportunity for spiritual, academic, and vocational formation

The School of Intercultural Studies cohort program provides space for masters students to create community with others in their degree program. Each cohort meets weekly alongside the guidance of a mentor, and is uniquely shaped by its members. Our hope is that cohorts help facilitate spiritual growth and vocational discernment within the context of community

Beyond individual growth, cohorts allow for mutual cross-cultural learning as participants develop relationships with a diverse group of individuals. We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity for growth, as many students claim it a highlight of their experience at Fuller

"What I gained and continue to gain is a sense of belonging to family, and friendships characterized by depth, sincerity and commitment to each other."
- SIS Cohort Participant

SIS Graduate Union

A place to connect with SIS students and Fuller community

The School of Intercultural Studies Graduate Union (SISGU) is a branch of Fuller's All Seminary Council, a student-run organization with the goal of connecting students to each other and community. All SIS students are invited to participate in events ranging from day trips to the beach, to pot lucks and dinners, to times of prayer for our community and world. Each year two SIS students are elected to lead the SISGU.

The SISGU also connects SIS students to the larger Fuller community. The All Seminary Council has on-going events for special interest committees on topics like peace and justice, missions, women's concerns and the arts. Yearly events have included a pancake breakfast during finals week, missions fair, arts festival, and live concerts.

Living in Southern California

A crosscultural context in which we study and serve

The unique location of Fuller in the crosscultural metropolis of Los Angeles allows you to combine academic reflection with praxis. An urban environment compels students to critically engage with issues like immigration, multicultural churches, homelessness, trafficking and reconciliation.
The School of Intercultural Studies has relationships with many local ministries with whom students may choose to work, volunteer, or complete their practicum requirements.

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