Program Director: Abner Dizon 


The Master of Arts in Ministry – Intercultural Studies is a focused missiological degree focusing on training church pastors and leaders to minister in the 10/40 Window. The program is divided into the three specialties of Buddhism, the Chinese, and Islam. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in religion from a recognized institution or 72 semester hours in religion with any equivalent undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or equivalent).
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in English. 

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete 42 semester hours of coursework specified in the program within a maximum of eight years.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of not less than 2.75 for graduation.

Credit by Transfer

The maximum credits by transfer cannot exceed 12 semester hours. The transfer of credits may be requested through the program director.


In order to complete the Master of Arts in Ministry emphasis in Intercultural Studies program, the following 14 courses of 42 semester hours or their equivalent must be completed.

Master of Arts in Ministry Curriculum
Core Requirements    24 units
General Missiology 12 units
CHMN 615 Equipping Ministry (3 units)
CHMN 679 Ministry and Spiritual Life (3 units)
MSSN 665  Urban Ministry and Mission (3 units)
MSSN 685  Biblical Foundations of Ministry and Mission (3 units)
Biblical Studies and Theology 6 units
OTST/NTST 612 Biblical Hermeneutics (3 units)
THST 631  Distinctive Doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (3 units)
Research and Writing 6 units
CHMN 696 MA in Ministry Project (3 units)
GSEM 600 Applied Theology Research and Writing (3 units)
 One of the following Sets of Courses as Area of Specialization
Specialty in Buddhism  
MSSN 510

  Introduction to Buddhism (3 units)

MSSN 530

  Buddhist Culture and Society (3 units)

MSSN 560

  Authentic Biblical and Buddhist Spirituality (3 units)

MSSN 670

  Biblical Teaching and the Writings of Buddhism (3 units)

MSSN 680

  Current Issues in the Buddhist World (3 units)

MSSN 694

  Models/Strategies of Contextualized Ministry in Buddhism (3 units)

Specialty in Chinese  
MSSN 511

  Introduction to Chinese Mission (3 units)

MSSN 531   Chinese Culture and Society (3 units)
MSSN 561   Authentic Biblical and Chinese Spirituality (3 units)
MSSN 671   Biblical Teaching and the Writings of Chinese Philosophy (3 units)
MSSN 681   Current Issues in the Chinese World (3 units)
MSSN 691   Models/Strategies of Contextualized Ministry for Chinese (3 units)
 Specialty in Islam  
MSSN 512   Introduction to Islam (3 units)
MSSN 532   Islamic Culture and Society (3 units)
MSSN 562   Authentic Biblical and Islamic Spirituality (3 units)
MSSN 672   Biblical Teachings and the Writings of Islam (3 units)
MSSN 682   Current Issues in the Muslim World (3 units)
MSSN 692   Models/Strategies of Contextualized Ministry in Islam (3 units)
TOTAL UNITS 42 units
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