Master of Arts 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 and training, 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 mission field and those who stay behind and 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 this reason, 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 tried and tested equipping in theology and Bible, as well as spiritual formation with the focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College
  • Applicants with a Polytechnic degree may apply to do a 32 credit unit bridging programme to qualify for admission. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more details.

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

Curriculum

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
3
Field Education
1
Research and Writing (non-credited requirement)
16
Second Semester

Credit Hours
New Testament Foundations
2
Old Testament Studies I
3
Systematic Theology I
3
Missiological Perspectives
3
International Development
3
Urban Mission
2
Field Education
1
17
Year 2
First Semester
Credit Hours
New Testament Studies I
3
Systematic Theology II
3
Engaging World Religions
3
Culture and Contextualization
3
Elective
3
Field Education
1
16
Second Semester
Credit Hours
New Testament Studies II
3
Gospel, Church and Culture
3
Cross-cultural Discipleship
3
Missions Research
3
Elective
3
Field Education
1
16

Note: Course offerings are subject to change.