Accelerated BA / MA in Intercultural Studies back to programs

Be prepared to make a global impact.

With the Master of Arts concentration in Intercultural Studies, students prepare themselves to embark on the unique tasks of Christian mission, which include the sensitive bridging of cultures, the meaningful communication of the faith, church planting, and the development of national leadership in churches and related institutions. This program also seeks to meet the needs of experienced missionaries desiring to deepen their biblical understanding and strengthen their intercultural ministry skills. Students will have the opportunity to study with an internationally experienced and knowledgeable faculty.

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An undergraduate student may earn a graduate degree in Intercultural Studies as early as the fall following the senior year by taking graduate-level courses beginning the junior year. Nine hours of course work from the MA/ICS meets the requirements for the BA. In this manner, the program accelerates the BA and MA/ICS. These 9 overlapping graduate hours are taken as part of the undergraduate load, resulting in a savings of graduate tuition and an enrichment of the student’s educational experience.

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The Accelerated Degree Program is particularly appealing to current students in the Christian Ministries/Intercultural Emphasis or Intercultural Studies minor, as well as to those who are thinking in terms of social issues, MK or expatriate education, tent-making and micro-enterprise. The complexity of ministry in a world of globalization, resurgent traditional religions, growth of the non-Western church, migration, urbanization, and rapid change demands the highest quality of academic, spiritual, and practical preparation. Trinity’s MA concentration in Intercultural Studies seeks to meet this need in a flexible and integrated format.

Career Objectives Include:



Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies)
Trinity College students may apply for the accelerated TEDS MA/ICS program upon completion of 70 hours of undergraduate work. The following are also required:
A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
A recommendation from the undergraduate academic advisor and the TC program chair
A completed TEDS application
An personal interview with an MA/ICS faculty member
Completion of 8 hours of undergraduate missions and social science courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA in each
Completion of a minimum of 9 hours of undergraduate Bible and theology through BI 101, BI 111, and BI 210 with a minimum 3.0 GPA in each
Completion of an intercultural experience of at least two weeks consisting of mission-type activities
MA/ICS Concentration Graduation Requirements
In addition to the “General Graduation Requirements for All Master’s Programs,” the following are required for the MA/ICS:
1. Complete all course work in the program, including required Field Education, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, with no course work graded below a “C-” applicable to the degree. A minimum of 18 hours must be taken on the Deerfield Campus with the remaining hours available as arranged in field based, independent study, and other concentration specific experiences.
2. Completion of general comprehensive requirements in Old Testament, New Testament, and two in Systematic Theology are met through required course work in these areas.
3. Successfully write the major comprehensive exam.
4. Complete a Master of Arts capstone project for the MA/ICS, which is an internship (2 hours) and an integrative paper (2 hours) or a thesis (2 hours) on an approved topic, exhibiting the ability to do competent research, to think critically, and to communicate effectively in the area of emphasis.
5. The student will work with department faculty or the chair to plan specific details of the program content related to academic and professional goals.