General Description and Program Objective
The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree is a two year program, designed both for the person who wishes to work in the specialized field of missions study and wishes to participate in ministry as a lay The degree program lasts two academic years and contains 40 semester units.
As many as six semester units of graduate work may be transferred in from another institution.
Each course is worth between one and four semester units and the program consists of approximately 15 three unit courses. The objectives of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program are to provide students
(1) concentrated study in a special field or discipline with the background of a general understanding of theology, biblical studies, and missions and (2) opportunities to attain advanced capabilities in Old and New Testament Theology, Systematic Theology, Practical and Mission Theology.
The criteria for entrance to the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree are:
1.Completion of Application Form for Admission.
2. Three letters of recommendation from faculty, counselors, school administrators, employers, or church
3. Possession of or candidacy for an accredited Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
4. A statement of the applicant’s Christian faith.
5. One recent photograph.
6. Official transcripts from all schools attended including high school.
7. Evaluation of personal interview with a team of faculty members.
8. A sense of calling from God for Christian ministry.
9. Regeneration experience and baptism with water.
10. Active and fruitful church participation
11. Payment of $100.00 application fee.
Method of Instruction
Classes incorporate lectures, instructional work in class, demonstrations, one-on-one tutorials, library research, and comprehensive examinations on the Bible. Except for internships and field trips,
all instruction is conducted in a classroom setting.
To graduate from the Master’s degree program of study, each student is required to have completed a minimum of 64 semester units beyond the Bachelor’s degree plus pass two comprehensive exams. The units can be a combination of transfer credit, and course work with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 and above. At least 49 units must be completed at America Evangelical University.
Students must pass a written Graduation Comprehensive Exam, correctly answering a minimum of seven out of ten questions (70%) selected out of thirty study questions which are prepared in advance in the fields of Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Theology of Mission, and Practical Theology.
The graduation comprehensive examination can be substituted by a thesis or dissertation.
Exam Procedure: Upon completion of the residency requirement, the student will secure the request form to take the examination
and the request shall be submitted 10 days prior to the date of the examination. The examination will be compiled by the departments involved and shall be taken at the regularly scheduled testing period. The student will be allowed to retake the examination only two times, at the next scheduled testing periods. Students must also pass the Bible Comprehensive Exam, which tests the student on his/her knowledge of the Bible by written examination.
To pass, the student must correctly answer a minimum of 100 out of 150 questions
(75 from the Old Testament and 75 from the New Testament).
Exam Procedure To satisfy the graduation requirements, The student will secure the request form to take the examination
and the request shall be submitted 10 days prior to the date of the examination.
The examination shall be taken at any regularly scheduled testing period.
The student will be allowed to retake the examination as many times as the student wishes.
Course Titles and Level
All courses are at the Master degree level. Courses are numbered 500 - 699.
Course descriptions are provided separately.
A. General Required Courses (30 units)
MS502 Theory and Practice of Evangelism (3 units) MS503 History of World
Mission (3 units) MS504 Theology of Mission (3 units) MS505 Cultural
Anthropology (3 units) MS509 World Religions (3 units) PT501 Practical
Theology (3 units) PT503 Theology of Ministry (3 units) PT504
Homiletics (3 units) MS501 Advanced Studies in Missiology (3
units) BT501 Advanced Studies in New Testament (3 units) BT502
Advanced Studies in Old Testament (3 units)
B. Elective Courses (6 units)
Six units from elective courses are required for this degree. Any 500 or 600
level course specified in the Catalog
that is not a core course or a general requirement may be taken as an
elective. C. Dissertation (4 units)