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MA in Intercultural Studies

School of Intercultural Studies

Fuller’s Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) applies insights from the study of mission to real-world ministry concerns. This flexible and rigorous degree grants access to our school's 50-year legacy of groundbreaking scholarship, offering opportunities for deeper reflection to both seasoned and newer cross-cultural professionals. While the program is ideal for careers more traditionally associated with mission, such as church planting––especially in contexts where non-Christian faith dominates or where the form of the local church may need to be contextualized––the MAICS also equips students in a variety of related intercultural careers, including urban ministry and work with the poor, at-risk children, and people who experience marginalization in any society.

Integrated Learning

Apply the disciplines of theology, history, and social sciences to mission

Cultural Intelligence

Learn to effectively build relationships across religious, cultural, and ethnic differences

Robust Scholarship

Prepare for a ThM or a doctorate in intercultural studies

In-Person or Online

Courses available fully online or on campus––or combine the two

Study with faculty like these:

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Johnny Ramírez-Johnson


Ryan K. Bolger


Explore other members of our renowned School of Intercultural Studies faculty here.

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Begin your journey toward the MA in Intercultural Studies program at Fuller with these three steps: 1) familiarize yourself with the program, 2) learn about admission requirements, and 3) submit your application. Prospective MAICS students must have a bachelor’s, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution and submit an application for admission with the required documentation. Find out more with the Admissions Requirements button below.

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Rigorous Missiological Training

Coursework includes:

  • global history and theology related to mission
  • the multidisciplinary study of cultures and Christian faith
  • the cultural dimensions of Christian witness
  • interfaith engagement

A final capstone course provides the opportunity for focused and innovative research integrating the range of disciplinary perspectives included in the program around a real-world case study of your choice.

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"I came from the Congo with two passions––evangelism and development––and professors like Bryant Myers and other experienced practitioners helped me bring those together. Fuller gave me opportunities to learn from people who are working in the areas I’m passionate about. It gave me a language behind my passion, preparing me to take a theology of development back to the Congo."
– Patrick Butsapu Kakule (MAICS ’16)

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Financing the MAICS

Enrolling in the MAICS program can seem like a significant financial investment, but it is a worthy one—nine out of ten Fuller graduates say that their seminary education prepared them to make a positive impact in their vocational contexts. There are many forms of aid and support that can offset the cost of the degree. Learn more about tuition costs and financial aid below.

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Flexibility and Customization

Complete the MAICS fully online, engaging the program’s missiological formation without leaving home, work, or ministry—learning with classmates from across the globe who bring a diversity of perspectives. Or opt for any combination of online and in-person courses that works for you.

Optional Practicum

Students can now choose whether they’d like to participate in an optional practicum, applying their studies to a specific context of service they’d like to explore. Multiple practicum site possibilities—as well as the opportunity to arrange your own—allow you to hone your call while working in your field of choice.

Tailor Your Degree

Ten courses—one-half of the MAICS degree—are electives, allowing you to customize the program by choosing from courses in a variety of areas of interest.

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