Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) prepares leaders to participate in culturally diverse work in urban centers at home or abroad. Students pursuing the MAIS will complete an extensively researched capstone project and presentation.
The MAIS is a 49 credit-hour degree that many students complete in two years.
The MAIS is available at the Los Angeles campus and through Gateway Online.
Your capstone project will reflect your academic and ministry research interests.
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Why a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies?
The MAIS prepares students to be bi-vocational ministers, lay leaders in urban ministries, cross-cultural workers, community development staff, and qualitative research professionals.
The MAIS 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.
For more information about the MAIS, use these links to access our Academic Catalog.
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:
• Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 15 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.