Master of Arts Degrees (School of Intercultural Studies)

The School of Intercultural Studies offers two distinctly different master's degree programs: the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and the Master of Arts in Global Leadership.


MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES 

The need for innovative missiologists who can effectively communicate the Gospel in crosscultural contexts and understand human needs is vital in our rapidly changing world. The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MA ICS) is designed to prepare students for various types of crosscultural ministry, enabling them to view current global trends through the lens of missiology. This degree is intended for students with varied levels of crosscultural exposure, and emphasizes both scholarship and praxis. MA ICS students gain the foundational skills to pursue further studies or research opportunities, or to serve those in need through practical ministries around the world.

The two-year program provides a foundational set of integrated courses from the Schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology. MA ICS students also pursue a second set of courses that provide a solid framework of missiological disciplines: anthropology, globalization, mission history, spirituality, and theology of mission. With this foundation, students may then use remaining units to take a variety of relevant elective classes, or to pursue a specific area of emphasis in greater depth. Elective classes are available in the areas of mission history, mission theology, ethnomusicology, international development, children at risk, urban ministry, anthropology, and missional church.

By thinking critically and creatively about contemporary global issues, MA ICS graduates are able to demonstrate in word and deed the transforming work of Christ.


Learning Outcomes 

  • Graduates will participate in the mission of God and the ministries of the global Church from an evangelical missiological perspective.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and integration skills in order to foster individual and social transformation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for building relationships and for communicating the Gospel in context.
  • Graduates will have skills and knowledge and networks of relationships to pursue vocations that engage the mission of God globally.
  • Graduates will value the importance of spiritual formation in both its personal and communal dimensions.

Admission Requirements 

General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog. To be admitted to the MA in Intercultural Studies program, applicants must have been awarded either a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution before the starting date of the desired quarter of entry. Regular admission requires at least a 2.7 cumulative cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work; students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission on probation. Applicants without an accredited bachelor's degree must meet special requirements and will be considered for admission on probation on an individual basis.  Students admitted on probation are subject to certain limitations during their first 48 units of course work at Fuller.


Korean Language Program 

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is also available entirely in the Korean language. For more information, contact the School of Intercultural Studies Korean Studies Office at 626-584-5574, by fax at 626-584-5275, or by e-mail at ksadmissions@fuller.edu. Korean-language program applicants are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to Fuller. However, applicants admitted to Fuller will be required to take an English-language placement exam. Based on the results of this test, applicants may also be required to take the course EL519 English for Ministry in the Winter quarter. 


Curriculum 

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies requires the successful completion of 96 quarter units. The courses in the curriculum consist of All-Seminary Core Requirements (28 Units), MAIS Core Requirements (24 units), Practicum (8 units), and Electives (36 units). A typical class is 4 units. Students can complete this degree in two years of full-time study, or may extend the program over a longer period of part-time study.


Seminary Core Requirements  28 units 
NT500 New Testament Introduction
OT500 Writings as Introduction to the Old Testament
CH504 or CH506 Modern Church History or American Church History
ET501 Christian Ethics
MC500 Church and Mission in Global Contexts
MT501 Doing Theology in Global Contexts
FS510 Human Development in Context
MAIS Requirements  24 units 
MT500 Biblical Theology of Mission
MD500 Globalization, the Poor, and Christian Mission
MB501 Insights for Cultural Understanding
MH506 The Making of Global Christianity
SP500 Spiritual Traditions and Practices
MI510 Missiological Integration
Practicum  8 units 
The School of Intercultural Studies requires all MA in Intercultural Studies students to complete an 8-unit practicum. The practicum is designed to integrate academics with praxis, and may be conducted either internationally or domestically in a cross-cultural context. Each student is responsible for arranging a practicum with a church, parachurch, mission or nonprofit organization.
Electives (including an area of emphasis, if desired) 36 units 

 

Areas of Emphasis 

At Fuller, an emphasis consists of a minimum of five courses grouped around a particular area of interest. By choosing an emphasis, students will be guided to courses in the three schools taught by faculty doing research on topics relevant to the emphasis area.

Areas of emphasis available for the MA in Intercultural Studies include:

  • Ancient Context of the Old Testament
  • Anglican Communion Studies
  • Children at Risk
  • Christian Ethics
  • De Pree Emphasis in Leadership
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Leadership in Multicultural Latino Community
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Worship and Music Ministry
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Youth, Family, and Culture

Further information on the curricular requirements for each emphasis may be found in the Areas of Emphasis section (School of Intercultural Studies).

 

Distance Learning 

Up to 50 percent of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (including transfer credit) may be taken by distance learning. Distance learning includes correspondence courses, online courses, directed study courses, and practica.


 

Practicum 

Included in the curriculum is the opportunity to complete a crosscultural practicum that combines coursework with practical ministry. The practicum experience challenges students to discern their calling, grow spiritually, and apply what they are learning to a crosscultural context.


Residency Requirements 

At least 48 units must be earned at Fuller Seminary on any of the following campuses: Pasadena, Irvine, Menlo Park, Sacramento, Seattle, Phoenix, or Colorado Springs.


Transfer Credit 

Students may potentially transfer up to 40 units of graduate-level courses in missiology or theology from an accredited institution into the program.


 

Time Limit 

In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is current and reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period), all credit applied to the degree must be earned within a certain period of time. For the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree at Fuller, this period has been set at ten years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller.



MASTER OF ARTS IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP 

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership allows men and women in Christian leadership to stay fully engaged in their ministries while studying for a Fuller Seminary School of Intercultural Studies degree primarily online. The Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) boasts a unique cohort design, which draws servant leaders together as students in a combination of distance learning courses and two on-campus seminars in Pasadena. Each cohort of MAGL students forms a cooperative learning community, exploring issues of mission, theology, spiritual leadership, and disciplemaking across cultures.

Distinctives of the Program 

  • Women and men with at least four years of leadership experience can earn a Master of Arts in Global Leadership degree primarily through online distance education.
  • Students in the MA in Global Leadership enhance their leadership skills as they immediately apply what they learn in class to their ministries.
  • The 72-unit MAGL degree program encourages interaction and collaboration among students and faculty through a cohort model of education. On admission, each MAGL student is assigned to a cohort with approximately 25 other students. In these groups, students take half of their courses together during the first two years of the program, getting to know one another and learning from each other as peer leaders. The remaining courses of the MAGL degree program may be taken at each student's own pace in a combination of Fuller Online, Individualized Distance Learning, Extended Education, or Pasadena campus coursework.
  • A core missional focus brings each cohort to a clearer understanding of local and global mission and leadership through sharing one another's ministry experience, while the flexibility offered in the second half of the program enables each student to explore areas of personal interest related to their context and ministry gifts.
  • Students can complete the MAGL degree in two years. However, in keeping with the program's philosophy of being an in-service degree, most choose to spread their study over four to five years. The maximum time allowed to complete the MAGL program is ten years.
  • The MAGL serves as a prerequisite degree for the Doctor of Missiology degree at Fuller Seminary.

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership program enhances the development of leaders who minister in diverse situations in an increasingly globalized world. As many effective leaders choose their ministry settings as the primary focus of their study, the MAGL provides them with the interactive, innovative education that they require.


 

Admission Requirements 

General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog. In addition, to ensure the formation of cohorts with significant leadership and academic qualifications, admission to the MA in Global Leadership program is competitively based upon the following minimum qualifications:

  • have at least four years of ministry leadership experience;
  • be actively engaged in a significant leadership role in a church, parachurch organization, or agency;
  • submit a reference form from a mission or pastoral leader;
  • submit a one-page statement of purpose, explaining why they believe that the MAGL program will benefit them and their ministry;
  • submit a one-page resume of their leadership experience over the past five years.

Due to the high level of interactivity required in Fuller Online classes for the Master of Arts in Global Leadership, applicants for the program whose first language is not English must submit an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language testing System (IELTS) Academic Format. English language requirements for the MA in Global Leadership may be found at http://www.fuller.edu/admissions/apply/english-language-req.aspx.

Students in the MAGL program must also be prepared to adhere to the timetable for cohort study and are required to maintain an online portfolio of class work, which costs $30 per year.


 

Program Outcomes 

In accordance with our commitment to provide the highest level of educational effectiveness possible through a healthy culture of assessment, and in alignment with the Fuller Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, this program offers the following outcomes.


Mission, Vision, and Values 

Mission 

We come alongside and equip in-service leaders from all parts of the world with transformational graduate education for leadership in their contexts.

Vision 

To see more and better missional leaders committed to lifelong learning and biblically-informed communities of practice.

Values 

  • We will be characterized as global.
    As much as possible, we will deliver our program globally. Our students will study with others around the world and, in these learning communities, be exposed to global trends and cultural, contextual analysis.
  • We nurture missional commitment.
    We desire our students to embrace their role in missio Dei and become missional change agents in their communities.
  • We serve in-service leaders who are adult learners.
    We come alongside identified leaders in their communities. Adult learning philosophy and praxis typify our program design-providing opportunities for reflecting, learning, and doing.
  • We create biblical learning communities of practice.
    We understand that transformation best happens in safe, peer-oriented environments. Therefore, we create space for dialogue and support.

 

Program Goals, Objectives, and Achievement-Based Outcomes 

To accomplish our mission, the MAGL has established six broad goals (bold) each with a specific objective (numbered) to be accomplished by several program achievement-based objectives (bullets):


Biblically Informed Practice – the Origin and Objective of Leadership 

  1. Graduates will integrate theology and praxis to develop informed responses to situations encountered in their ministry/mission.
    By the end of the program, students will have:

Missional Church – the Goal of Leadership 

  1. Graduates will make plans for their church's missional engagement with their cultural context(s) to promote transformation. By the end of the program, students will have:

Global Diversity – the Context of Leadership 

  1. Graduates will demonstrate familiarity with the diversity of theories, practices, and global contexts of missional leadership. By the end of the program, students will have:

Lifelong Learning in a Diverse Community – the Continuing Development of Leadership 

  1. Graduates will employ a lifelong learning posture that values peer learning with diverse persons as well as reflection on practice. By the end of the program, students will have:

Organizational Dynamics – the Implementation of Leadership 

  1. Graduates will examine various organizational dynamics and apply selected administrative tools. By the end of the program, students will have:

Leadership Development and Character – the Heart of Leadership 

  1. Graduates will implement a developmental perspective that prioritizes personal spiritual formation By the end of the program, students will have:

 

Curriculum 

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) requires the successful completion of 72 quarter units in a cohort model. A typical class is 4 units.

Cohort Sequence Courses (36 units of cohort study) 

  • ML581 Developing Your learning Plan (online) 
  • ML582 Character, Community, and Leadership (campus intensive) 
  • MT520 Biblical Foundations for Mission (campus intensive) 
  • ML530 Lifelong Development (online) 
  • MP520 Transforming Contemporary Culture (online) 
  • MC506 Leading a Missional Church (online) 
  • ML565 Understanding Organizational Dynamics (campus intensive) 
  • ML583 Global Leadership: Implications for Ministry (campus intensive) 
  • ML540 Leadership Training Models (online) 

Ministry Focus Studies (Electives, 36 units) 

Based on their learning plans, students may take any combination of courses in biblical studies, theology, or missiology from the School of Theology or School of Intercultural Studies.


Residency Requirements.At least 36 units must be earned at Fuller Seminary. As part of the cohort portion of the program, attendance at two two-week seminars in Pasadena is required. The remainder of the program may be taken through any combination of distance learning or coursework (including intensives) on the Pasadena campus or other Fuller locations.


Transfer Credit.Students may transfer up to 32 units of graduate-level courses in missiology or theology from an accredited institution into the program (provided the courses are under ten years old and have a grade of B- or better).


Distance Learning. Except for two two-week intensive seminars taken on the Pasadena campus, all of the coursework for the MAGL program may be taken by distance learning. MAGL students may complete their degree with online courses, or by taking up to four Individualized Distance Learning and/or directed study courses.


Time Limit. In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is current and reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period), all credit applied to the degree must be earned within a certain period of time. For the MA in Global Leadership degree at Fuller, this period has been set at ten years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller.