Program Overview

Western Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies ideal for students who wish to communicate the Gospel in cross-cultural settings. Students will study cultural analysis, adaption, ministry practice, and communication theory. Individuals will be able to spread their knowledge of the Gospel to people of all communities and backgrounds. Graduates who earn this degree often work as overseas missionaries, advocates, church planters, or in other related positions.

Forty of the 60 credits must be completed on campus. Online learning allows individuals to have flexibility when completing their degrees. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this degree program.

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies consists may be completed in as little as two years. Core course topics that students will explore include: spiritual formation, biblical studies, theological studies, intercultural foundation studies, and intercultural specialization studies. A mentored ministry experience and a concentration internship are also included in the program. The courses offered for this program are designed to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and well-rounded while working as advocates, missionaries, or church planters within religious settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools,Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Applicants who wish to be admitted into the program must hold a bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    School Overview

    Western Seminary is a private not-for-profit four-year Christian institution of higher education, with campuses in Oregon and California. Visions of the school initiated in 1925, with goals to provide a graduate-level theological institution located in the northwestern region of the United States. Then, in 1927, Western Baptist Theological Seminary officially opened. By the 1940s, the campus began to grow, building a physical campus in Portland, Oregon, and continued expanding throughout the twentieth century. Western Seminary added California campuses, and in 1981, Western Seminary introduced a Doctor of Ministry degree, in addition to a distance education program offered via video instruction. Through the years, the institution has continued to evolve, developing a biblical language dual-track learning environment, along with online learning, and non-credit educational experiences.

    Today, Western Seminary continues to serve students as an evangelical, non-denominational, theological seminary, offering master’s degrees, doctoral programs, diplomas, and certificates. Non-credit classes are provided through the Center for Leadership Development. A number of online options give added flexibility. The Western Seminary online campus allows students to complete several degrees completely online.


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