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
MSSN 615 Introduction to Missions (3 units)
MSSN 630 Anthropology for Missions (3 units)
MSSN 665  Urban Ministry and Mission (3 units)
MSSN 685  Biblical Foundations of Ministry and Mission (3 units)
Church Ministry 6 units
CHMN 615 Equipping Ministry (3 units)
CHMN 679 Ministry and Spiritual Life (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
GSEM 600 Applied Theology Research and Writing (3 units)
MSSN 696 Ministry Project (3 units)
Area of Emphasis 9 units
MSSN 513 Introduction to ______ (Specialty: Buddhism/Chinese religions/Islam/Secularism) (3 units)
MSSN 673 Biblical Teachings and the Writings of ______ (Specialty: Buddhist/Chinese/Muslim/Secular philosophy) (3 units)
MSSN 691 Models/Strategies of Contextualized _____ (Specialty: Buddhist/Chinese/Muslim/Urban) Ministry (3 units)
Field Experience 3 units
MSSN 663 _____ Ministry Practicum I/II/III (3 units)
TOTAL UNITS 42 units
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