PhD in Intercultural Studies

Admission Requirements

All Applicants

  • Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
    • Religious Autobiography and Ministry Experience Essays
    • A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online) or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended (undergraduate and graduate coursework)
  • Evidence of obtaining a master's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Successful completion of the following prerequisite coursework:
    • Theology: 40 quarter units (27 semester units). These units cannot include biblical languages or "ministry" courses (i.e. preaching, homiletics, pastoral counseling, etc.). Note that 16 of the 40 quarter units can be taken at the undergraduate level.
    • Missiology: 40 quarter units (27 semester units) including at least 20 units total of mission theology, global history of Christianity and cultural anthropology or other social sciences.
  • Three references: one pastoral and two academic
  • A 250-300 word Proposed Research Interest Statement (PRIS) Outline (download PRIS Outline Guidelines). Note: A match between interests of the applicant and strengths of our current Fuller faculty is a critical factor in admissions decisions.
  • A 15- to 20-page academic writing sample
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide an official record of scores earned on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Only test scores earned within two years preceding the submission date of the applicant's current PhD application will be acceptable. TOEFL overall scores of at least 100 (internet-based) or 600 (paper), or IELTS overall scores of 7.0 meet the minimum English language entrance requirements. (Applicants who have previously completed a regionally-accredited Master's-level degree in English may submit a 300-400 word letter requesting to waive this requirement. The letter should provide a detailed explanation of the applicant's English-language background and a rationale for the waiver request. Letters requesting a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be emailed to Joel Short at for the Center of Missiological Research's consideration.)

U.S. Permanent Residents and International Applicants

  • If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States, you must submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to the Office of Admissions. No Declaration of Financial Support is required.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, you must verify your immigration status with the International Services Office. Those seeking a F-1 or J-1 visa from Fuller must submit a satisfactory Declaration of Financial Support prior to beginning residential coursework. Please click here for additional information.

Application Deadlines

Application and file completion deadline: January 15
Notification date: March 21

Tuition and Fees

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