MDiv Intercultural Studies

Purpose

The MDiv in Intercultural Studies (MDivICS) is a 96-credit hour program designed for those who anticipate future service in cross-cultural contexts or those with experience who desire the additional biblical, theological, ministry and personal development offered by an MDiv program. The MDivICS seeks to equip students through intercultural studies and field experience integrated with a focus on the student’s walk with God, character and leadership development, as well as grounding in the Scriptures and core doctrines of the Christian faith.

 

Target Group

The MDivICS is designed for individuals who will serve in a cross-cultural context, a multi-cultural context, or mobilize others to serve cross-culturally. MDivICS graduates serve in cross-cultural settings as pastors, missionaries, lay ministers, Christian educators, in youth and student ministries, as tentmakers, mission leaders and mission mobilizers.

 

Program Explanation

EAST Aleph (Summer)

LF500 Research & Writing for Christian Leadership

2

 

IS401 Evangelism & Follow-Up Seminar

NC

 

 

1st Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

BS510 Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics

3

OT510 Old Testament Narratives

3

LF510 Christian Leadership Foundations

3

LF560 Christian Marriage & Family in Asia

3

IS501 Building Spiritual Movements

3

IS580 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 1

1

IS520 Contextualization

2

IS510 World Missions

2

TS532 Spiritual Transformation and Warfare

3

OT500 Introduction to Hebrew

or

NT500 Introduction to Greek

3

OT501Hebrew Exegesis: Tools & Methods

or

 NT501 Greek Exegesis: Tools & Methods

3

LF570 Mentoring Group 1

1

LF571 Mentoring Group 2

1

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

16

Summer

IS581 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 2

2

2nd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS510 Theology 1

3

TS511 Theology 2

3

OT500 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

or

NT500 Introduction to Biblical Greek

3

OT501 Principles of Hebrew Exegesis

or

NT 601 Principles of Greek Exegesis

3

NT510 New Testament Narratives

3

NT511 New Testament Epistles & Revelation

3

LF530 Biblical Communication –Teaching for Life Change

OR

LF555 Biblical Communication – Intro to Expository Preaching

2

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

LF583 Field Practicum 2

1

LF582 Field Practicum 1

1

LF573 Mentoring Group 4

1

LF572 Mentoring Group 3

1

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

 

Summer

IS590 Emphasis Practicum 1 in Intercultural Studies

1

 

3rd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS500 Movements That Changed History 1

3

IS560 Church, Society & Ethical Issues in Asia

3

LF511 Transforming Leadership

OR

LF561 Biblical Counselling in Ministry

3

LF530 Principles and Practice of Teaching

OR

LF555 Expository Preaching 2

3

OT511  Old Testament Poetry, Wisdom & Prophets

3

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

IS591 Emphasis Practicum 2 in Intercultural Studies

1

Elective

3

LF574 Mentoring Group 5

1

LF575 Mentoring Group 6

1

TOTAL

14

TOTAL

16

 

Emphasis courses include:

IS521 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
IS522 Missionary Anthropology (3 credits)
IS540 Theology of Mission (3 credits)
IS561 Urban Ministry (3 credits)
IS570 Religious Movements in Asia (3 credits)

 

Time Limit for Degree Completion

A student has a maximum of seven (7) years to complete an MDivICS from the date of matriculation at EAST.

 

Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements in order to graduate with an MDivICS:

  • Completion work of all coursework (96 hours) with a grade of C- or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate character and ministry skills appropriate for an EAST graduate
  • Approval of the faculty
  • Payment all fees