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Master of Divinity

Intercultural Studies, M.Div.

With our globalized world today, there is an increasing need to share the good news of the Gospel with individuals in other contexts.

The Master’s in Intercultural Studies equips students to step into diverse, cross-cultural settings with humility and compassion, preparing them to share their faith, meet the needs of those around them, and develop effective ministries to advance God’s Kingdom.

The Intercultural Studies concentration helps students to prepare more strategically for cross-cultural and multicultural ministries in missions or urban settings. Many ministries in today’s world, with its mosaic of cultures and worldviews, require tools and understanding that this curriculum in intercultural studies seeks to provide. (M.Div. Core plus 12 credit hours.)

The MDiv degree program provides an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study. There are eight concentrations: General Studies, Pastoral Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Ministry, Exegetical Studies, Intercultural Studies, Women’s Leadership, and Chaplaincy Studies. Advanced Standing credit may be obtained for up to 18 credit hours of the MDiv degree and 36 credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution. The combination of Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit is limited to 36 credit hours.

Masters in Intercultural Studies prepares you for ministry around the world with Grace Theological Seminary! Request info about our MDiv.

Ideal Fit

The MDiv in Intercultural Studies is specially-designed for students preparing for ministry and missions service.

Students will be equipped to perform real-life ministry to diverse people across the street and around the globe, through training specific to evangelism, global church planting, missions, and intercultural or cross-cultural service.

Service Missions Urban Missionary Global International Cross-Cultural

Career Opportunities

An intercultural studies specialist is capable of performing ministry in a wide range of diverse domestic urban, cross-cultural, and international contexts.

Provide adept and sensitive ministry as incognito aid workers, sponsored international church planters or tent-maker-type leaders, and traditional missionaries.

  • Missionary
  • Missions Agency Employee
  • International Aid Worker
  • Christian Non-Profit Organization Staff
  • Relief Organization Executive
  • Non-Government Organization (NGO) Staff
  • Urban Church Planter
  • Inner-City Pastor
Masters in Intercultural Studies prepares you for ministry around the world with Grace Theological Seminary! Request info about our MDiv.

I really appreciated the opportunity to be invested in by the faculty of the seminary. They cared far more about me than simply pushing me through the program. They spent time with me, welcomed me into their homes, and provided open doors for ministry through preaching opportunities and internships.

Colin Horne

Master of Divinity - 2015

Curriculum Examples

Biblical Theology of Missions
Intercultural Communication
Applied Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Contextualization
Understanding and Engaging Culture
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Course Overview

A course on the biblical basis and theological framework for world mission showing how that endeavor is the purpose of God as he reaches out to his creation.

A study of the principles and processes of communicating effectively with people from a second cultural context.

The nature of man and how his culture affects him are explored with a view to how this, in turn, affects ministry in intercultural contexts.

This course prepares the student to fit evangelism, church planting, church development, and relief ministries into the social and cultural context of the receiving people.

This course examines culture. It explores the roots of culture as a foundational and overarching expression of humanities vocations as “imaging” of God in Scripture.


Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Divinity program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:
  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 grade point average in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have completed some or no college may be admitted if they meet certain ministry and research/writing requirements. Please contact seminary admissions for more information; email: gtsrec@grace.edu or phone: 877.607.0012.

Admission Requirements

Grace Theological Seminary welcomes applications from all individuals who have a testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

To be admitted as a Grace Theological Seminary student, you’re asked to provide:

  • Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’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 admissions@grace.edu.)

  • A spiritual life reference

  • International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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