Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

HBU Online Learning Program

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is ideal for students who want to effectively communicate the Gospel to their church, local community and the world. The MAIS builds on biblical and theological training; the degree focuses on intercultural evangelism and missional training applicable in a wide range of contexts, including multicultural ministry. Graduates from the MAIS are prepared for positions in the local church and the mission field.

Offered fully online, the program offers the best of HBU with the convenience of learning anywhere, anytime.

Program Overview

Our 36-hour MAIS program is built on a 15-hour core in Bible, Theology, and Practical Theology. Students will take an additional 15 hours of practical classes focused on Evangelism and Missions, along with 6 hours of electives that can include Apologetics, Biblical languages, or other areas of interest. Students have the option to pursue ministry internships (Mentored Ministry) in an area of their own choosing in their local communities.

Distinctives of the Program and Faculty

HBU’s School of Christian Thought has a world-class faculty with specialization in Apologetics, Evangelism, Missions, and Theology. Leading evangelists, missiologists, and apologists include Mary Jo Sharp, Nancy Pearcey, William Lane Craig, Brian Hébert, Christopher Sneller, Garry Poole, Holly Ordway, and Craig Evans.

Why HBU?

Instructor Contact & Small Class Size: HBU’s graduate online classes provide close contact with experts in their area of study, as well as small class sizes (20 of fewer).

Mere Christian Emphasis: We value and draw from our Baptist background, but our faculty and students come from a wide range of traditions and denominations.

Practical Training for Ministry: This program is intended for students pursuing vocational ministry or service in parachurch ministries. Many of our faculty serve as pastors, practicing evangelists, or serve in missional contexts. The MAIS is ideal for students pursuing careers in evangelism, missions, apologetics, or local church ministry.

Admission Requirements

Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted. (If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts. Any postbaccalaureate or graduate-level transcripts will also be required.)

Personal Statement – Please submit a personal statement, between 300 and 500 words, sharing your desire to attend The HBU Online Graduate School and how you feel a degree from HBU will assist you in your academic and professional careers.

Résumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to The Online Graduate School at OnlineVerification@HBU.edu.

Courses

The MAIS curriculum comprises 36 units. All students take a general core of courses in graduate writing, Christian theology, biblical studies, evangelism, and missions. In these courses, students develop writing and communication skills for graduate-level academic writing as well as practical evangelism and multicultural ministry work, and gain a foundation in theology and Scripture.

Students can focus on evangelism and apologetics through courses in practical church ministry and apologetics communication, or on intercultural communication and leadership with a focus on missions.

Additionally, students can take electives that enrich their vocational goals, as well as mentored ministry in a particular area of focus relevant to their career goals.

Students also have the option to enrich their studies by taking one-unit elective classes in Houston on special topics, such as philosophical apologetics topics with William Lane Craig.

View the Degree Completion Plan.

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Accreditation

Houston Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral degrees.

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