MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)

The MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)—now offered with flexible study options—prepares students for ministry or service in cross-cultural or multicultural contexts. Students will learn how to study and work in different cultures, and will become aware of theological, biblical, sociological and anthropological issues that relate to work in different contexts. This degree is intended for students with varied levels of cross-cultural exposure, and emphasizes both scholarship and praxis. MAICS students gain the foundational skills to pursue further studies or research opportunities, or to work in cross-cultural settings within the United States and around the world.

The program includes a foundational set of integrated courses from all three schools at Fuller, followed by courses that provide a solid framework of missiological disciplines. In addition to this foundation, students will also take a variety of relevant elective classes, or pursue a specific area of emphasis in greater depth.

Flexible plans to study allow you to complete the MAICS according to your needs. You can:

  • Complete all your coursework face-to-face on a campus.
  • Combine online and face-to-face courses.
  • Remain in your context by studying primarily online, with just three one-week sessions at a Fuller campus. To take maximum advantage of your online options, you would follow this plan:
    • Earn 56 units through online courses
    • Earn 24 units through "Hybrid Plus" courses
      • Each Hybrid+ Course consists of nine weeks of online study plus one week of face-to-face study at a campus.
      • When you come to a campus for that face-to-face requirement, you will take two courses during your one-week stay.

Students following this plan can complete the MAICS in three years. Click HERE for a sample plan.

Degree Description

80  Quarter Units:

Normal Progression

The MAICS degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students who stay in their context, combining online study with Hybrid+ courses, will typically complete the degree in three years.

There are flexible options for completing this degree: primarily online with Hybrid+ classes, or on a campus in combination with online and hybrid classes. In addition to the ten-week daytime schedule, campus courses are also offered in the evenings and as intensives, allowing for even more flexibility.

Typical Students

Students in this program have a commitment to intercultural ministry in the church, parachurch or the marketplace. Students come from varied backgrounds of intercultural experiences.

Further Studies

The MAICS can serve as a prerequisite for doctoral studies at Fuller. Please reference the requirements for your desired doctoral program to ensure you take the courses that meet the academic prerequisites for admission.


The complete the MAICS degree can be earned in Pasadena. It can also be earned in Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle through a combination of on-campus and online classes.


This degree prepares students for work in the church and parachurch, and to better serve in the marketplace.

Online Options

Students may take up to 56 units online.

Areas of Emphasis

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