Inter-Cultural Studies (MA)


Have you looked recently at the fields? Is God calling you to serve in them full-time? Is He calling you to serve overseas in a vocation outside of full-time ministry?

At Maranatha, we know the fields are everywhere, including restricted-access countries. If you want to be as prepared as possible for this biblical challenge and mandate, consider our Baptist Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies. This program emphasizes the theology and practicality of missions topics like church planting, inner-city ministry, and intercultural communication, applied from a strong biblical and theological framework. Missions courses are taught by experienced missionaries and mission directors, and you’ll have opportunities to minister through and internship and through various fields through summer mission trips.


  • To comprehend and articulate basic elements of biblical and systematic theology from a dispensational hermeneutical framework
  • To understand and be able to apply the basic principles of church planting
  • To evaluate the policies and practices of missionaries and mission agencies
  • To analyze cultures and worldviews, particularly in the student’s future or current place of ministry
  • To assess current trends in intercultural studies (whether global or urban) and compare those trends with biblical truth, and thus be able to correctly accept, reject or correct such trends
  • To demonstrate faithfulness to the Holy Spirit’s work through God’s Word in his or her personal life and ministry

Delivery Method

  • Available from a Distance or On Campus. The entire program may be completed at a distance or on campus; read more about our delivery options!
  • Distance Delivery. This degree may be completed from a distance by taking a blend of distance classes in 8-week sessions with no required attendance or in live full-semester virtual classes.
  • Travel with Global Encounters: Take the opportunity to minister and experience various fields of service during the summer through Maranatha’s Global Encounters program.
  • Internship: A required student arranged 12 week internship in an Urban ministry (Urban Track) or in a foreign country (Global Track) with an approved supervisor is part of this degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consider their type of field planning before beginning this program.


    • A minimum of 33 semester hours of approved credit must be completed for the Master of Arts in Intercultural studies.
    • The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an approved institution must be held by the applicant.
    • No more than 12 semester hours of graduate credit from another institution may be applied toward this degree.
    • A maximum of two C grades will be credited toward graduation.
    • Applicants may be required to make up deficiencies without credit in any of the departments at the discretion of the Academic Senate.

Students must complete courses distributed among the following requirements:

Urban-Cultural Studies – Global Ministries Track

Inter-Cultural Studies - Global Ministries Track 
Required Classes:
GCC502 Theological Issues in Missions3
GCC540 Readings in International Studies*3
GCC541 Field Methods*3
GCC570 Inter-Cultural Internship*2
*These classes are all part of the Inter-Cultural Internship.
Elective Classes:
GCC504 Church Planting2
GCC509 Linguistics3
GCC510 Advanced Linguistics3
GCC512 World Religions3
GCC780 Seminar in Inter-Cultural Studies2
Required Hours:14

Inter-Cultural Studies – Urban Ministries Track

Inter-Cultural Studies - Urban Ministries Track 
Required Classes:
GCC502 Theological Issues in Missions3
GCC531 A Theology of Urban Ministry*3
GCC532 The Christian and the City*3
GCC533 Discipleship in the City*3
GCC571 Urban Internship*2
*These classes are all part of the urban internship.
Elective Classes:
GCC504 Church Planting2
GCC509 Linguistics3
GCC780 Seminar in Inter-Cultural Studies2
Required Hours:14

Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies 
Elective Classes:
GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament3
GNT515 Biblical Theology of the New Testament3
GOT521 Old Testament Background3
GOT525 Holy Land Tour3
GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch3
GOT532 Exposition of Daniel3
GOT534 Exposition of Major Prophets3
GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets3
GOT540 Exposition of Job3
GOT541 Exposition of Psalms3
GOT543 Exposition of Proverbs2
GNT520 New Testament Backgrounds3
GNT529 Exposition of the Gospels3
GNT530 Exposition of Pastoral Epistles3
GNT532 Exposition of First Corinthians3
GNT533 Exposition of Galatians3
GNT534 Exposition of Hebrews3
GNT540 Exposition of Acts3
GNT556 Exposition of Revelation3
Required Hours:9

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology 
Required Classes:
GST510 Prolegomena1
GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics3
Take two of the following classes:
GST611 Systematic Theology 1 – Bibliology, Theology Proper2
GST612 Systematic Theology 2 – Christology and Pneumatology3
GST613 Systematic Theology 3 – Anthropology, Hamartiology and Soteriology3
GST614 Systematic Theology 4 – Eschatology, Angelology, and Ecclesiology3
Required Hours:9

Historical Theology

Historical Theology 
Required Classes:
GHI548 History of Baptist Missions3
Required Hours:3

Electives (any Seminary course)

Total Hours Required:33

Using Inter-Cultural Studies in Ministry!

Steve Kohnert, Coordinator for Hispanic Church Planting at Mission Gospel Ministries International, on his experience at Maranatha in the Intercultural Studies MA program:

While serving as an assistant pastor and music leader in our church and Christian school, the Lord began leading me into cross-cultural work with our local Hispanic population. While I had Spanish language skills and a Hispanic wife, I found myself lacking the training and education necessary to pastor our outreach efforts as we began to grow into a church. MBS offered the exact program to meet my needs: the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. In this program, I was able to take classes online, in one week modules on campus, and in virtual classroom settings from my laptop while sitting in my office or my living room. I was taking courses with professors who had experience in mission work and who encouraged me to apply course papers and projects to my local setting and interests. The rest of my life’s responsibilities never slowed down or lessened during my seminary training, but thanks to the leadership and provision of MBS, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and graduated from seminary!