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Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies

The AGTS Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies (DAIS) recognizes the priority of the Holy Spirit’s person and power in accomplishing the mission of God (Missio Dei) and creates an environment in which students can experience the kind of learning that connects them more deeply to the Spirit’s work in mission and allows them to focus their program on specific application of their learning in the field. The DAIS (formerly known as the Doctor of Missiology program) has risen to serve these intercultural ministry and missions leaders by:

• Enhancing missionary practice and resources
• Preparing participants to teach missiology at any level
• Building foundations for training missionaries overseas
• Equipping leaders for compassion ministries

Degree Program Overview

The AGTS Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies consists of 48 credits earned in 10 modules, an area studies research tutorial, and a professional project, and is built around several components.

  • Pentecostal perspective: Distinctive emphasis on Spirit-empowered mission in a global context.
  • Lifestyle fit: Relocating to Springfield is not necessary; the DAIS requires only five visits to AGTS over the course of the program.
  • Cohort experience: Learning and growth occur through the bonds formed with other career missionaries and intercultural servants in a diverse small group setting.
  • Modular convenience: Courses are taught in two, one-week blocks scheduled back-to-back allowing two classes on one airfare.
  • Contextualized study: Area studies, special study with an approved educational provider and/or tutelage offer field-based training.

Delivery format/location/ Residential or online

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:

  • Five Core courses
  • Three Track courses (Missiological Studies or Relief and Development)
  • Three Elective courses
  • Project 

How long to complete degree? Normally four years.

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 2017–2018 academic year and subject to change thereafter for new participants.)

Program Course Requirements:

Credit hours
The AGTS Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies consists of 48 credits.

Courses

Core Classes (20 credits):

  • Leaders in a Global Context
  • Missio Dei and the Contemporary World
  • Intercultural Communication and Missions Anthropology
  • Theological Issues, Contextualization and Area Studies
  • Methods of Missiological Research

Choose One Track:

  • Missiological Studies Track (12 credits):
    • The History of Christianity in Missiological Perspective
    • Missiological Engagement with World Religions
    • Evangelizing, Discipling and Church Planting
  • Relief and Development Track (12 credits):
    • Biblical Perspective on Issues of Social Justice
    • Relief and Development in Mission: Theories and Strategies
    • Contemporary Social Issues in Mission

Electives (12 credits—Choose 3 courses):

  • Areas Studies Elective (required)
  • Alternative Approaches to Education
  • Leading the Christian Non-Profit Organization
  • Contextualized Leadership Training
  • HIV/AIDS in Global Context
  • Encountering Non-Christian Religions
  • Contemporary Missions: Issues and Strategies
  • Special Studies with an Approved Educational Provider
  • Special Studies: Tutelage

 Project (4 credits):

  • Project Design Seminar
  • Project Development and Oral Defense

Required prerequisites (Is an undergraduate degree in Bible or theology required?)

  • Academic: An MA in an appropriate theological or missiological discipline from an acceptable school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (If insufficient background in biblical, theological or missiological disciplines exist, participants may be required to take 15-30 credits of foundation courses.)
  • Experience: Not less than two years of appropriate intercultural ministry experience.
  • English: For applicants who 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 (e.g., missions board or agency).
  • Technology: Acceptable computer and internet competencies.
  • These are the minimal requirements. The Admissions Committee selects applicants with the strongest qualifications. Candidates who only meet minimal requirements in some areas but are exceptional in others may be accepted. The overall combination of strengths that the applicant brings to the program is assessed in the admissions process.

Co-requisites

In cases in which candidates for admission are considered to have insufficient background in biblical, theological or missiological disciplines, the seminary may require them to complete 15 credits of missiology foundation courses or 15 credits of theological foundation courses, or both as a co-requisite part of their DAIS Program.

Program outcomes:

The Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies Program will provide students with:

  • a deepening biblical and theological understanding of Missio Dei and the kingdom of God;
  • a distinctively Pentecostal theology of intercultural ministry;
  • an understanding of the historical development of the Christian movement and the participant’s role in the contemporary world;
  • the ability to discern the Holy Spirit’s direction in the fulfillment of the mission of God in diverse cultural settings and to contextualize effective expressions of the Gospel;
  • an emphasis on the priorities of evangelism, church planting, leadership formation, and compassion ministries;
  • a continuing commitment to personal spiritual formation and growth as a member of God’s missionary people;
  • a working knowledge of the close relationship between the local church and missions; and a scholarly contribution to the understanding and practice of intercultural ministry through the completion of a DAIS major applied research project that integrates theoretical and empirical disciplines important to a specific ministry

These competencies and skills serve any ministry that engages people from multiple cultures or socio-economic levels including but not limited to: missiologists, missionaries, church planters, pastors, missions executives, chaplains, educators and evangelists.