Doctor of Intercultural Studies | Grace Theological Seminary Skip to content

Doctor of Intercultural Studies

Doctor of Intercultural Studies

The Doctor of Intercultural Studies Degree is intended to prepare individuals for positive and influential leadership, relationships of trust, and biblical ministry in intercultural contexts either in denominational or interdenominational structures through study and applied learning in the socio-cultural and theological disciplines of missiology. A Phd Intercultural Studies provides students with expertise in intercultural issues and missiological strategies and paradigms for effective biblical ministry and for developing cultural intelligence for relevant problem solving in receptor cultures.

The Doctor of Intercultural Studies program requires 10 courses and the Professional Research Project (38 hours) to complete the program. The six core courses are Intercultural Communication, Contextualization for Ministry, and Cultural Anthropology for Ministry, Biblical Theology of World Mission, Doctoral Research Methods and World Religions. The four concentration courses are Encountering Islam (hybrid seminar), Cross-Cultural Leadership Development, Directed Research and Writing (hybrid seminar), and Current Theological Issues.


Doctoral Seminar Schedule

Doctoral Seminar Registration

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Doctor of Intercultural Studies program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:

  • An applicant must have obtained a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent* from an approved institution as determined by the D.Ics. Committee.

*In general, M.Div. equivalency includes: A bachelor’s degree in Bible, theology or Christian ministry; training in one of the biblical languages; and 60 credit hours of graduate-level theological training. Or a bachelor’s degree in something other than Bible, theology or Christian ministry; training in one of the biblical languages; and 78 credit hours of graduate-level theological training.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in the applicant’s previous academic work is required. A limited number of students may be admitted under academic restriction by action of the D.Ics. Committee, but they must maintain the GPA required for candidacy (3.0) to continue in the program.
  • The applicant must currently be serving in a vocational ministry, having completed at least four years in full-time professional ministry since completing the M.Div. or its equivalent. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the D.Ics. Committee.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your master’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to
  2. A spiritual life reference
  3. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

Note: Grace Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, academic and employment