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 people preparing for intercultural ministry, international development or other missionary vocations. This degree exposes students to new possibilities for missiological praxis so that they meet the challenge of contextualizing the gospel in an increasingly multi-cultural and global community. In addition, it enables students to focus on an area of emphasis to prepare for specific work. These emphases include: international development and urban studies, children at risk, and Islamic studies.
Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Master of Theology in Missiology (Korean Studies)
The School of Intercultural Studies' Korean Studies' Program provides four degrees taught in Korean language: Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, Master of Theology in Missiology, Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministry, and Doctor of Missiology. 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.
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.
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:
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.