Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Focus Highlights

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) is a 50 credit-hour degree for students involved in multicultural and multiethnic work either at home or abroad. One of the unique aspects of the MAIS is an extensively researched capstone project. The MAIS is available at the Los Angeles campus.

Ministry Path

Bi-vocational ministers, lay leaders in urban ministries, cross-cultural workers, community development staff.

Why a MAIS at Gateway Seminary?

The Master of Intercultural Studies degree will enable students to:

  • Gain a biblical, theological, and historical foundation related to Christian ministry and the peoples of the earth.
  • Acquire the unique tools necessary for effective ministry in a cross-cultural, multiethnic environment in a domestic or international context.
  • Develop leadership skills in multicultural contexts through increased multicultural awareness and communication skills.
  • Enhance awareness of issues and develop skills in cross-cultural counseling and pastoral care in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.
  • Understand cultural and contextual specifics of human development.
  • Prepare students for international and domestic local church ministry and missions through understanding worldview, culture, and the challenges of contextualizing the Gospel.


A regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Master's by Exception

Gateway Seminary will consider applicants lacking an accredited undergraduate degree for admission to its basic master's degrees. A student must request admission under this provision in writing through the Office of Enrollment and may initiate this request only after all qualifying criteria have been met:

•  Students requesting a master's by exception must be at least 30 years of age at the time of the submitted request.

•  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 20 hours of Gateway Seminary coursework required in the master’s degree sought (at least 6 hours of introductory courses in New Testament, Old Testament, history, or theology) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Electives, transfer credits and ADVANCE courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

•  This provision will not be granted to previous students who graduated with diploma degrees.