M.A. Intercultural Studies


Program Purpose

Trinity’s M.A. Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare missionaries to excel in ministry in a cross-cultural context. In addition to studying the theological foundations of missiology, students will gain practical wisdom to remain healthy and thriving on the field. This program is a comprehensive in-depth study of topics relevant to missiology including courses on missionary life and ministry, missions history, and the future of missions. Developing critical thinking skills in a missiological context will equip missionaries for greater effectiveness.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the M.A. Intercultural Studies program, students should be able to:

  • Understand past key missionary movements throughout the world.
  • Develop spiritual formation practices for life-long missionary health and service.
  • Articulate a Biblical theology of missions affecting missionary praxis.
  • Engage in meaningful intercultural conversations to communicate the gospel effectively.
  • Utilize anthropological knowledge to understand humankind in it socio-cultural contexts.
  • Identify and critically analyze missiological trends and issues in order to remain effective in missions.

Program Distinctives

  • Quality education engages with its context, reflects on theology, and rethinks paradigms.
  • Rigorous courses offered in four one-week sessions per year.
  • A convenient, economical, and innovative program that accommodates people with a busy schedule.
  • Emphasis on spiritual formation and personal development.
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff.
  • Enhanced library serves with the capability to access theological databases from anywhere.

Program Structure

The M.A. (Intercultural Studies) is a 48 credit program that you can complete in as little as two years.

There are thirteen courses of three credits each and a thesis of nine credits.

Complete the Program in two Years

  • Year One: Complete seven courses over four residential sessions.
  • Year Two: Complete five courses over four residential sessions and one course by distance education while beginning work on the thesis. Students who anticipate completing the thesis during the second year can apply to participate in Graduation Ceremonies.

Need more flexibility? Students can utilize an additional six months for the completion of their thesis and a total of 6 years to complete the entire program. If a student takes longer than 6 years to complete their major, they will need to reapply to the program.

What is a Residential Session?

The Residential Sessions of the M.A. (Intercultural Studies) at Trinity are four sessions of four days each per year. Typically they will begin on a Monday evening with a shared supper and a forum. The program will run full day Tuesday – Thursday and finish by lunch time on Friday. The dates for the sessions are scheduled at least two years in advance for your long-term planning.

Access to the Internet is required for participation in the program.

On-Campus Dates

2020-2021 School Year

  1. August 24-28, 2020
  2. November 16-20, 2020
  3. February 22-26, 2021
  4. April 26-28, 2021