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The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies (G.C.I.U.S.) is a 24-hour program designed for the person desiring to minister cross-culturally. The program prepares (from a global perspective) you to minister to other ethnic groups and meet the foundational qualifications of evangelical mission agencies in the areas of academics, skills and character.

This program emphasizes academic scholarship, research and practical application of biblical truths to the needs of the nations. By providing an understanding of the Scriptures and systematic theology, followed by the integration of this knowledge with modern strategies for missions, the program seeks to provide the capabilities needed for ministry in missions and for personal growth. Evaluation skills, as well as effective written and verbal expression, are emphasized.


The program seeks to attain three types of outcomes in the life of the student: academic, professional and relational.

The outcomes from this graduate-level educational program are first, that the student will be able to articulate and defend biblical Christianity and biblical theology of mission effectively.

Second, the student will develop skills in interpreting the Bible, using basic Bible study tools, applying and communicating biblical truth, and impacting others in the church and in the world. Furthermore, the program equips the students to develop skills in ministry in diverse cultural settings with persons of other ethnic backgrounds or religious mindsets.

Third, the student will be able to embrace a lifestyle of obedience to Jesus Christ and a ministry style modeled after the servanthood of Christ, while exhibiting the attributes of a mature cross-cultural minister, the biblical character qualities of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and cultural and racial sensitivity.

Future Ministry Possibilities

foreign missionary, home missionary, relief worker, Christian organization employee, chaplain, church staff internationally, church planter internationally and international Christian school staff


Certificate Core Courses


BI 5531 Introduction to Theological Research and Digital Literacy     3
BI 5500 Hermeneutics3
SF 5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation2
IL 5500 Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab1

G.C.I.U.S. Emphasis Courses


IS 5500 Theology and Practice of Intercultural Ministry3
IS 6611 Critical Acculturation3
IS 6609 Life and Missiology of Cross-Bearing3
Approved Bible/Theology Elective3
Approved Bible/Theology Elective3


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