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Intercultural Studies, D.Ics.

Overview

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. It 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 D.Ics. program requires 10 courses and the Professional Research Project (48 hours) to complete the program. The six required courses are Intercultural Communication, Contextualization, Cultural Anthropology, Biblical Theology of Mission, Methods of Social Research and Intentional Multicultural Ministry.

Students may transfer in 50 percent of the course work from other D.Min., D.Miss. or D.Ics. programs. Students may select D.Min. courses as electives. D.Min. students may take D.Ics. required courses as electives as well.

Three years is the normal time to finish the program. However, after six years, we will require students to get an extension through a written request to the Program Director. This happens most often with students overseas who cannot get to campus for the modules as they would like. This is always an acceptable reason for us to grant the request. A request for an additional year for the Professional Research Project is also acceptable.

If you take a semester off, you can stay in the program, but you will need to file a continuing registration form to remain a current student.

Curriculum

  • DI 8140 Cultural Anthropology in Biblical Perspective

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8170 Methods of Social Research/Research Design

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8150 Contextualization for Meaningful Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8530 Biblical Theology of World Missions

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8550 Gods Strategy for the World

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8030 Intercultural Communication (Fall)

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8160 Trends in Church Planting & Growth (Spring)

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8980 D.Ics Professional Research Project (Dissertation)

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8060 Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8080 Modern Trends in Global Mission

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8180 Cross Cultural Leadership Development

    Credit Hours: 4
  • IM 8150 Mission Strategy

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8220 Cultures of the Old Testament

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8230 Cultures of the New Testament

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8260 Mission Administration and Strategy

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8310 History of Missions

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8500 Discerning God’s Will

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8510 Biblical Teamwork in Missions

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8010 Intentional Multicultural Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8520 World Religions

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8900 Independent Research elective

    Credit Hours: 4
  • IM 8300 Encountering Islam

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8010 Practice of Ministry Leadership

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8030 Gospel Centered Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8040 Philosophy of Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8190 Evangelism and Discipleship

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8220 Implementing Change and Conflict Resolut

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8250 Principles and Practice of Prayer

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8260 Current Theological Issues

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8530 Strengthening Spiritual Vitality

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 851 Foundation for Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4

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

Applicants must provide an endorsement from their local church and, if applicable, the Christian organization under which they serve. This endorsement should indicate the quality and characteristics of their ministry as well as the encouragement and support of the ministry organization under which they serve. Furthermore, the endorsement should clearly state the acceptance of the time necessary to complete the D.Min program and provide for opportunities to implement goals and strategies developed during the time of the candidate’s study.

  1. Prospective students will also provide a statement that provides details of
    1. their conversion
    2. call to ministry
    3. philosophy of ministry
    4. assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses
    5. objectives in pursuing a D.Min. degree
    6. a resume of all previous positions in Christian ministry
  2. Spouses of prospective D.Min. students are asked to complete a statement indicating their support of the applicant’s enrollment in doctoral-level studies.
  3. Three references are to be provided from those persons qualified to give a current assessment of the applicant’s ministry effectiveness (i.e., immediate supervisor, colleagues, church leaders, etc.).
  4. In addition, the D.Min. Committee may, at its discretion, require
    1. a personal interview with the committee or its authorized representative
    2. standardized testing to assist in determining the applicant’s potential for work at the doctoral level

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