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The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is a fully online degree program that prepares students for many types of cross-cultural ministry, providing them with a solid framework for examining and engaging their ministry context with a broad missiological lens. The degree is intended for students with diverse levels of cross-cultural experience, and emphasizes scholarship and practical experience. Students combine a core of foundational and advanced courses with one of five concentrations: Community Development, Cross-Cultural Engagement, Cross-Cultural Church Planting, Translation, or a Customized concentration. Depending upon their concentration, graduates are prepared for missional, parachurch, development, and marketplace roles in the cross-cultural and local context, and may enter into such mission specialties as church planter, relief and aid worker, or Bible translator.
Some concentrations were developed in partnership with Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) and other mission organizations actively engaged in world evangelism and discipleship. Some PBT personnel teach in Johnson University’s online master’s program.