Graduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies

The two Intercultural Studies programmes offered at SBC (ie., GDIS, MAIS) equip God’s people to meet the challenge of missions in the 21st century. Contemporary missions training requires integration of cross-cultural awareness, development issues, creative-access approaches, and the unchanging truth of the Bible applied in specific contexts.

It is critical that those who go to the field and those who stay behind to support them are shaped by the same concepts and values. Thus, this programme provides solid theological foundations for mission, combining cutting-edge missiological thinking with practical application. For these reasons, the two programmes address issues such as:

  • Culture and contextualization
  • Mission to migrant and diaspora peoples
  • International development
  • Cultural exegesis
  • Missions mobilisation
  • Urban mission
  • Enterprise as mission

These are in addition to conventional equipping in theology and Bible, as well as spiritual formation with a focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4
  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/80 (IBT)
  • IELTS:  6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old

  • Christian for at least 2 years

  • Evidence of involvement in ministry

  • Evidence of call to ministry and service

  • Endorsement by church leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 33 credit hours (GDIS) or
    65 credit hours (MAIS) of studies including field education

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5


Year 1

First Semester Credit Hours
Old Testament Foundations 3
Hermeneutics 3
Introduction to Christian Spirituality 3
Cultural Anthropology for Ministry 3
Engaging Current Issues
and Trends in Missions
Field Education 1
Research and Writing 1
Second Semester Credit Hours
New Testament Foundations 3
Old Testament Studies I 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Missiological Perspectives 3
Urban Mission 3
Field Education 1

Note: Course offerings are subject to change.

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.