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MA in Intercultural Studies

School of Mission and Theology

Fuller’s Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)** equips global-minded missional leaders who are serving in diverse contexts. This newly redesigned, rigorous degree is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum that draws on Fuller’s scholarship in missiology, theology, and psychology, providing a robust education that prepares both seasoned and newer intercultural professionals to be impactful leaders in their careers. The MAICS places an emphasis on intentional practices to foster academic, vocational, spiritual, emotional, and cultural formation in students. Fuller’s MAICS is ideal for those wanting advanced training for careers in mission including church planting, urban ministry, and work with the poor, children at risk, and marginalized populations in any society.

**Fuller’s Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) will be renamed Master of Arts in Global Missional Leadership (MAGML), effective Fall 2023.

Integrated Learning

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

Intercultural Competence

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

Robust Scholarship

Prepare for a ThM or a doctorate in intercultural studies

Fully Online

Complete your MAICS from anywhere in the world

Study with faculty like these:

Kirsteen Kim

PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY AND WORLD CHRISTIANITY AND ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR THE CENTER FOR MISSIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson

PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY, PROFESOR DEL CENTRO LATINO

Ryan K. Bolger

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHURCH IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

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Announcing the Redesigned MA in Intercultural Studies

Fuller Seminary is pleased to announce a new curriculum for the MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) degree in the School of Mission and Theology. Prompted by the guiding values of Fuller’s strategic plan, FULLER NEXT, the MAICS program has been rebuilt to maximize students’ training and formation as leaders for a new era in the…

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New Concentrations Designed for Your Unique Calling

Students may choose from two optional concentrations to focus their studies within the MAICS curriculum: Islamic Studies or Intercultural and Urban Studies. To learn more about how you can customize your MAICS with one of these concentrations, email us at [email protected].

Ryan Bolger

Join the Experienced Leaders Cohort

The Experienced Leaders Cohort is designed for seasoned missional leaders with more than four years of cross-cultural ministry leadership experience. This unique opportunity provides for more robust and grounded dialogue between students who can reflect together on the dynamics of real-world ministry engagement. As students move together through a sequence of courses, the cohort offers a natural place for networking and mutual support between students and professors while encouraging deeper spiritual commitment and fostering fresh strategic thinking.

Sample courses include Cross Cultural Dynamics of Global Leadership; Anthropology for Social Engagement; and Power, Gender/Ethnic Relations & Leadership. Students will enhance their skills in missional leadership to experience greater thriving in their existing roles and/or prepare for greater leadership responsibilities in the future.

The Experienced Leaders Cohort will admit students on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and will work with their advisor to join the ELC based on their pace plan to take one or two classes per quarter.

Oscar Garcia Johnson

Requirements

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. Find out more with the Admissions Requirements button below.

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Rigorous Missiological Training

Coursework includes:

  • the intercultural dynamics of Christian faith and witness
  • mission theology and global Christianity
  • the multicultural dimensions of leadership and mentoring
  • interfaith engagement and dialogue
  • dimensions of teaching interculturally

A 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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FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Almost all Fuller students are eligible for some kind of financial aid. New Student Scholarships vary by program and quarter. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information about scholarships you may qualify for. US Citizens and Permanent Residents may also apply for US federal aid and work study. 

Kirsteen Kim

Missionary Impact Scholarship

Fuller is pleased to announce the new Missionary Impact Scholarship, a generous new scholarship offering recipients roughly 70% in scholarship support, available to eligible incoming MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) students beginning Fall 2022 and beyond. This competitive scholarship is available to students who commit to completing the MAICS degree program in eight to ten quarters (two to two-and-a-half years) at a pace of at least two classes per quarter. To learn more about this scholarship, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please use the button below.

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A Place to Go for Something to Do

At the Wooten Center in South Los Angeles, Naomi McSwain uses education to help young people thrive

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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.

Practicum

For students with less than five years of ministry experience, a one-quarter practicum focused on a specific context of service will be required. For students who meet the ministry experience requirement, a practicum will be optional and count toward the elective portion of the degree.

Tailor Your Degree

Five courses in the degree are electives, allowing you to customize the program by choosing from courses in a variety of areas of interest. For further customization, explore our concentration and cohort options.

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