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Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies FAQ's

Will I have to leave the field?

No. Convenient modules allow you to stay on the field.

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When can I start?

Start dates are scheduled for every July and December.

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How long will it take to complete?

Normally four years.

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How much will it cost?

A fee for the entire program is $23,400 to be paid in 12 equal installments over four years. AGWM and AGUSM appointed missionaries are eligible for a discounted fee of $18,400. (Applicable for the 2015–2016 academic year and subject to change thereafter for new participants.)

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Do I have to write a dissertation?

Participants write a professional project that reflects on the practice of ministry in their context. The dissertation option is available by petition.

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Can I choose some classes from the AGTS Doctor of Ministry Program?

Yes, on a limited basis, by petition.

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Do I have to pass a qualifying examination?

Yes, after completion of the core courses. The focus of the exam is basic knowledge and competencies in the field of missiology.

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Is there a language requirement?

Yes. Knowledge of a second language is required. In exceptional cases, this requirement may be substituted by petition. When a request for language waiver is submitted, the committee may require six credits of relevant studies in the applicant’s area of research. This will be implemented upon at the discretion of the committee in a case-by-case situation based on transcripts and field experience.

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What’s the difference between the DMin and the DAIS?

The DAIS degree is designed specifically for professional missionaries, involved in intercultural ministry and/or relief and development. The DMin offers concentrations in leadership, preaching and military chaplaincy. Also, the DMin is a 30-hour program requiring an MDiv (or its academic equivalent) for admission, while the DAIS is a 48-hour degree requiring an MA in an appropriate field for admission.

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What will the delivery system look like?

A modular format requires five trips to AGTS over three years (all in July and December). Two courses are taken during each two-week session. Participants earn 48 credits in

  • 5 Core courses
  • 3 Track courses (Intercultural Ministry or Christian Relief and Development)
  • 3 Elective courses
  • Project/Dissertation Workshop

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Do I need to have the official approval of my administrative superiors to enroll in the DAIS Program?

Yes, if applicable.

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