ThM in Intercultural Studies
School of Intercultural Studies
The Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies (ThM ICS) equips pastors, mission and denominational leaders to meet the challenge of ministering in an increasingly complex, multiethnic, multinational world. Fuller’s ThM in Intercultural Studies also provides students who already have a master’s degree in a theological discipline with a missiological framework for further research and reflection. The program enables practitioners to pursue concentrated coursework in one area of missiological study, culminating in a reflective and research-based thesis. The ThM is designed as a one-year, self-contained degree, though it may act as a possible transition to the PhD in Intercultural Studies program.
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To be considered for a ThM in Intercultural Studies, applicants will normally have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its educational equivalent. This program can be completed in one calendar year, but can be extended by students desiring to attend part-time. Students may begin in any quarter but, for logistical reasons, international applicants (who need a US student visa for ThM ICS study) are strongly encouraged to apply to the Spring or Summer Quarter. Application is through an online form, including transcripts and references, together with a writing sample and a statement of the proposed area of research for the thesis.
Aspects of the ThM ICS coursework are designed to mirror the first year of the PhD ICS program. As a result, the ThM can provide an excellent means of preparing an application for the PhD program. Students who are admitted to the PhD prior to completing the ThM may be permitted to use some of their coursework toward the PhD. (Please contact the admissions office for more details.)
"“I am incredibly grateful for my time at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. My experience with world-class faculty and students from across the globe prepared me for a life of intercultural ministry, scholarly inquiry, and ultimately, to equip my students for a life service for Christ and his kingdom in diverse cities throughout the world."
– Craig Hendrickson, Program Head, BA in Evangelism and Discipleship, Moody Bible Institute (ThM ICS ’07)
The ThM in Intercultural Studies degree, offered through Fuller's Center for Missiological Research (CMR), requires the successful completion of 32 units of coursework and the successful passing of a missiology comprehensive exam and a ThM thesis.
The ThM ICS program is designed for students who have already earned a Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent). Candidates may be pastors, or mission and denominational leaders, who wish to be equipped with a missiological framework to meet the challenge of ministering in an increasingly complex, multiethnic, multinational world. The ThM ICS builds on the student’s prior biblical, theological, and historical studies and enables practitioners to pursue concentrated coursework culminating in a reflective and research-based thesis.
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Students admitted to the ThM in Intercultural Studies join a cohort of PhD and ThM students learning together in a diverse community of scholars. This collegiality is lived in important ways through the Center for Missiological Research (CMR), which is made up of PhD and ThM students in all years of the program (totalling more than 50), plus faculty, and visiting scholars through the Global Research Institute. As befits missiology, PhD and ThM ICS students come from all continents, and students and faculty share intercultural and transnational research interests. The CMR administers the ThM program, connects students together across different year groups, and arranges shared activities for all members of CMR. The center’s activities include regular academic colloquia, informal fellowship, spiritual formation events, and special lectures, such as the annual Missiology Lectures.
More than half of all required coursework for the ThM is taken in seminars and/or classes on the Pasadena campus. These include the Advanced Missiological Research I course (Summer) as well as the Missiology as a Discipline sequence (Fall, Winter, Spring). Thesis design, thesis, independent studies and directed readings are not counted toward this requirement. In addition to the thesis design and thesis units, no more than one (4-unit) online course may count toward the required 32 units. While in residence in Pasadena, students also attend the colloquia and special lectures offered by the Center for Missiological Research.
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