The Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies (Ph.D./ICS) is a 60-credit program that facilitates the development and academic certification of vocations in missiological and intercultural teaching and scholarship. The program recognizes the priority of the Holy Spirit's person and power in accomplishing the mission of God
(Missio Dei). It creates an environment in which students can experience the kind of learning that connects them more deeply with the Spirit's work in mission and allows them to focus their program and research on the application of integrative learning in missional praxis. Two concentrations are offered, missiological studies and relief and development.
What will a Ph.D. do for me?
This program will provide you with an environment and essential tools that enable research and theological reflection. It will create a unique learning experience customized to your call, gifts and academic interest! The Ph.D. will equip you for missiological research, teaching and praxis in an
increasing complex multicultural world and give you a credible voice.
Am I eligible?
Seven basic criteria define eligibility:
Academic: an M.A. in an appropriate theological or
missiological discipline from an acceptable school with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. (If insufficient background in biblical, theological or
missiological disciplines exists, participants may be required to take 15-30 credits of foundation courses.)
Experience: two years of appropriate intercultural ministry
English: for applicants whose primary language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 585 or equivalent
Writing: submission and approval of a writing sample that demonstrates graduate-level research skills
Language: second language proficiency. In exceptional cases, this requirement may be substituted by petition
Endorsement: official approval of administrative superiors (where applicable)
Technology: acceptable computer and internet competencies
How does the program work?
Two courses are taken during each two- to three-week session. In addition to the course modules, students are required to attend three Value Added Weeks during the course of the program. With the dissertation, the degree is completed in approximately five years.