Program Director: Abner Dizon 


The Master of Arts in Ministry – Intercultural Studies is a missiological degree focusing on training church pastors and leaders to minister in the 10/40 Window. It is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) and the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA). The program is divided into four areas of emphasis: Buddhism, Chinese religions, Islam, and urban studies. This is a cohort based, in-ministry program.

Outcomes Competencies
Spiritual, Bible-based, Mission-driven Person
  • Has a strong, meaningful relationship with God and a burden for the unreached
  • Shows love and respect for the people group being served
  • Applies biblical principles to his/her personal, professional and ministerial life
Effective, Cross-cultural Ministry Practitioner
  • Demonstrates sensitivity toward other cultures
  • Shows interest and aptitude for learning the language and culture of a people group in the area of emphasis
  • Is actively involved in ministry to focused people group
  • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate with the focused people group
  • Applied missiological principles to the ministry context
Cross-cultural Ministry Resource Developer and Trainer
  • Produces a contextualized cross-cultural ministry training curriculum for church members
  • Shows ability to effectively deliver cross-cultural ministry training
  • Produces contextualized cross-cultural ministry tools and resources
  • Cultivates a love for learning by continually reading missiological books and articles

Timeline and Limits

The program takes a minimum of four years to complete. Students attend classes for seven weeks each year at the AIIAS campus. The time limit to finish the program is six years. A MA-Min Cohort student will spend seven weeks at AIIAS during the first three years. The student must also complete one online course and one unit of practicum during the remainder of the year. In this way, the student will register for up to 13 units per year. In the final year, the student will spend 2 months at AIIAS to write their project paper.

Session On-Campus Residence Rest of the Year Aim to Complete
1 9 credits (AIIAS) 4 credits (online course and practicum) 13 credits
2 9 credits (AIIAS) 4 credits (online course and practicum) 13 credits
3 9 credits (AIIAS) 4 credits (online course and practicum) 13 credits
4 3 credits (project writing and approval)   3 credits
      42 credits

Admission Requirements

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in religion from a recognized institution or 72 semester hours in religion courses from an equivalent undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (or equivalent).
  2. A recommendation letter from the current employer. If the applicant is not currently employed by a church organization, then the letter of recommendation may come from the local church board (where the applicant holds membership) or theological faculty from the institution where the applicant earned the degree.
  3. Has a minimum of 2 years of full-time ministry experience.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in English. 

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete 42 semester hours of coursework specified in the curriculum within a maximum of six years.
  2. Write a project paper (50-60 pages) under the guidance of an advisor appointed by the Programs Committee. The project is to be evaluated and accepted by the advisor and another reader appointed by the Programs Committee.
  3. 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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