2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Masters of Arts Degrees

The School of Intercultural Studies offers two distinctly different master’s degree programs: the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and the Master of Arts in Global Leadership.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The need for innovative missiologists who can effectively communicate the Gospel in crosscultural contexts and understand human needs is vital in our rapidly changing world. The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MA ICS) is designed to prepare students for various types of crosscultural ministry, enabling them to view current global trends through the lens of missiology. This degree is intended for students with varied levels of crosscultural exposure, and emphasizes both scholarship and praxis. MA ICS students gain the foundational skills to pursue further studies or research opportunities, or to serve those in need through practical ministries around the world.

The program provides a foundational set of integrated courses. MA ICS can students also pursue courses that provide a solid framework of missiological disciplines: anthropology, globalization, mission history, spirituality, and theology of mission. With this foundation, students may then use electives to take a variety of relevant courses, or to pursue a specific area of interest in greater depth. Elective classes are available in the areas of mission history, mission theology, ethnomusicology, international development, children at risk, urban ministry, anthropology, and missional church.

By thinking critically and creatively about contemporary global issues, MA ICS graduates are able to demonstrate in word and deed the transforming work of Christ.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have demonstrated an understanding of the mission of God and the ministries of the global Church from an evangelical missiological perspective .
  • Students will have demonstrated critical thinking and integration skills for the contextualization of the Gospel in order to foster personal and social transformation .
  • Students will have demonstrated sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for building relationships and for the communication of the Gospel.
  • Students will have demonstrated capacities to pursue vocations that engage the mission of God globally.
  • Students will have demonstrated capacities to cultivate a theologically reflective practice of Christian discipleship.

Admission Requirements

General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog. To be admitted to the MA in Intercultural Studies program, applicants must have been awarded a bachelor’s from an accredited institution before the starting date of the desired quarter of entry. Regular admission requires at least a 2.7 cumulative cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work; students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission on probation. Students admitted on probation are subject to certain limitations during their first 40 units of course work at Fuller.

Distance Learning

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies may be completed entirely online, or with any combination of campus-based and online coursework.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

A minimum of 28 units must be earned at Fuller Seminary. Students may potentially transfer up to 52 units of graduate-level courses in missiology or theology from an accredited institution into the program.

Time Limit

In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is current and reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period), all credit applied to the degree must be earned within a certain period of time. For the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree at Fuller, this period has been set at ten years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller.

Korean Language Program

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is also available entirely in the Korean language. For more information, contact the School of Intercultural Studies Korean Studies Office at 626-584-5574, by fax at 626-584-5275, or by e-mail at ksadmissions@fuller.edu. Korean-language program applicants are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to Fuller. However, applicants admitted to Fuller will be required to take an English-language placement exam. Based on the results of this test, applicants may also be required to take the course EL519 English for Ministry in the Winter quarter (this degree program is currently not available entirely online).

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies requires the successful completion of 80 quarter units. Flexible plans to study allow you to complete the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies according to your needs. You can complete all requirements for the degree online, or you can combine online and campus classes.

Degree Outline

Integrative (16 units)

  • IS500 Practices of Vocational Formation
  • IS501 Practices of Worship
  • IS502 Practices of Community
  • IS503 Practices of Mission

Interpreting (4 units)

  • OT500 Old Testament Introduction or NT500 New Testament Introduction

Missiology (28 units)

  • MT502 Missiological Hermeneutics
  • MH506 The Making of Global Christianity
  • MT503 Theology of Mission
  • MD500 Globalization, the Poor, and Christian Mission
  • MI510 Thinking Missiologically
  • MB524 Christian Anthropology from the Margins or MB533 Social Analysis and Contextualization in Church Planting
  • Any course with an MR prefix

Electives (32 units)

Areas of Special Interest

In addition to the rich variety of courses required for Fuller’s degree programs, students can use their electives to take advantage of our faculty’s expertise in a number of specialized areas. With its three schools and diverse faculty, Fuller offers courses that track with a range of interest. Students may want to concentrate on areas of study that support their sense of call, or explore several different areas during their time at Fuller. Such areas may include:

  • African American Church Studies
  • Ancient Context of the Old Testament
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Asian American Contexts
  • Children at Risk
  • Church Planting
  • Global Arts and World Religions
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Just Peacemaking
  • Race, Cultural Identity, and Reconciliation
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Worship and Music Ministry
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Youth, Family, and Culture

Master of Arts in Global Leadership

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership allows men and women in Christian leadership to stay fully engaged in their ministries while studying for a Fuller Seminary School of Intercultural Studies degree primarily online. The Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) boasts a unique cohort design, which draws servant leaders together as students in a combination of onine courses and two two-week on-campus periods, one in Pasadena and one in Colorado Springs. Each cohort of MAGL students forms a cooperative learning community, exploring issues of mission, theology, spiritual leadership, and disciplemaking across cultures.

Distinctives of the Program

  • Women and men with at least four years of leadership experience can earn a Master of Arts in Global Leadership degree primarily through online education.
  • Students in the MA in Global Leadership enhance their leadership skills as they immediately apply what they learn in class to their ministries.
  • The 72-unit MAGL degree program encourages interaction and collaboration among students and faculty through a cohort model of education. On admission, each MAGL student is assigned to a cohort with approximately 25 other students. In these groups, students take half of their courses together during the first two years of the program, getting to know one another and learning from each other as peer leaders. The remaining courses of the MAGL degree program may be taken at each student’s own pace in a combination of Fuller Online, hybrid (online combined with an on-campus intensive), on-campus courses, and directed studies.
  • A core missional focus brings each cohort to a clearer understanding of local and global mission and leadership through sharing one another’s ministry experience, while the flexibility offered in the second half of the program enables each student to explore areas of personal interest related to their context and ministry gifts.
  • Students can complete the MAGL degree in just over two years. However, in keeping with the program’s philosophy of being an in-service degree, most choose to spread their study over four to five years. The maximum time allowed to complete the MAGL program is ten years.
  • The MAGL serves as a prerequisite degree for the Doctor of Missiology degree at Fuller Seminary.

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership program enhances the development of leaders who minister in diverse situations in an increasingly globalized world. As many effective leaders choose their ministry settings as the primary focus of their study, the MAGL provides them with the interactive, innovative education that they require.

Program Outcomes

In accordance with our commitment to provide the highest level of educational effectiveness possible through a healthy culture of assessment, and in alignment with the Fuller Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, this program offers the following outcomes.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

We come alongside and equip in-service leaders from all parts of the world with transformational graduate education for leadership in their contexts.

Vision

To see more and better missional leaders committed to lifelong learning and biblically-informed communities of practice.

Values

  • We will be characterized as global. As much as possible, we will deliver our program globally. Our students will study with others around the world and, in these learning communities, be exposed to global trends and cultural, contextual analysis.
  • We nurture missional commitment. We desire our students to embrace their role in missio Dei and become missional change agents in their communities.
  • We serve in-service leaders who are adult learners. We come alongside identified leaders in their communities. Adult learning philosophy and praxis typify our program design-providing opportunities for reflecting, learning, and doing.
  • We create biblical learning communities of practice. We understand that transformation best happens in safe, peer-oriented environments. Therefore, we create space for dialogue and support.

Program Goals, Objectives, and Achievement-Based Outcomes

To accomplish our mission, the MAGL has established six broad goals (bold) each with a specific objective (numbered):

Biblically Informed Practice – the Origin and Objective of Leadership

  • Graduates will integrate theology and praxis to develop informed responses to situations encountered in their ministry/mission. By the end of the program, students will have:

Missional Church – the Goal of Leadership

  • Graduates will make plans for their church’s missional engagement with their cultural context(s) to promote transformation. By the end of the program, students will have:

Global Diversity – the Context of Leadership

  • Graduates will demonstrate familiarity with the diversity of theories, practices, and global contexts of missional leadership. By the end of the program, students will have:

Lifelong Learning in a Diverse Community – the Continuing Development of Leadership

  • Graduates will employ a lifelong learning posture that values peer learning with diverse persons as well as reflection on practice. By the end of the program, students will have:

Organizational Dynamics – the Implementation of Leadership

  • Graduates will examine various organizational dynamics and apply selected administrative tools. By the end of the program, students will have:

Leadership Development and Character – the Heart of Leadership

  • Graduates will implement a developmental perspective that prioritizes personal spiritual formation By the end of the program, students will have:

Admission Requirements

General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog. In addition, to ensure the formation of cohorts with significant leadership and academic qualifications, admission to the MA in Global Leadership program is competitively based upon the following minimum qualifications:

  • at least four years of ministry leadership experience;
  • active engagement in a significant leadership role in a church;
  • a reference form from a mission or pastoral leader;
  • a one-page statement of purpose, explaining why the applicant believes that the MAGL program will benefit them and their ministry;
  • submit a one-page resume of their leadership experience.

Due to the high level of interactivity required in Fuller Online classes for the Master of Arts in Global Leadership, applicants for the program whose first language is not English must submit an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language testing System (IELTS) Academic Format. English language requirements for the MA in Global Leadership may be found at http://www.fuller.edu/admissions/apply/english-language-req.aspx.

Residency Requirements. At least 36 units (the nine MAGL cohort sequence of courses) must be earned at Fuller Seminary. As part of the cohort portion of the program, attendance at two two-week seminars in Pasadena and Colorado Springs is required. The remaining 36 units of the program may be taken through a combination of coursework options, including intensives, online, hybrid, directed studies, and Pasadena or other Fuller campus locations.

Transfer Credit. Students may transfer into the program up to 36 units of graduate-level courses that have relevancy to their ministry, are from an accredited institution, will be less than ten years old at the time of their MAGL graduation, and for which they received a grade of B- or better.

Online Learning. Except for two two-week intensive seminars taken on the Pasadena and Colorado Springs campuses, all of the coursework for the MAGL program may be completed with online and/or hybrid courses. Students may take up to 16 units of directed study courses.

Time Limit. In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is current and reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period), all credit applied to the degree must be earned within a certain period of time. For the MA in Global Leadership degree at Fuller, this period has been set at ten years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller.

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) requires the successful completion of 72 quarter units in a cohort model. A typical class is 4 units.

Cohort Sequence Courses (36 units of cohort study)

  • ML581 Developing Your Learning Plan (online)
  • ML582 Character, Community, and Leadership (Colorado Springs campus intensive)
  • MT500 Biblical Theology of Mission (Colorado Springs campus intensive)
  • ML530 Lifelong Development (online)
  • MP519 Missional Engagement with Contemporary Culture (online)
  • MC506 Leading a Missional Community (online)
  • ML540 Adult Leadership Development (online)
  • ML565 Organic Organizations and Churches (Pasadena campus intensive)
  • ML583 Global Leadership: Implications for Ministry (Pasadena campus intensive)

Ministry Focus Studies (Electives, 36 units)

Based on their learning plans, students may take any combination of courses from the School of Theology, School of Intercultural Studies, or School of Psychology.

Areas of Special Interest

In addition to the rich variety of courses required for Fuller’s degree programs, students can use their electives to take advantage of our faculty’s expertise in a number of specialized areas. With its three schools and diverse faculty, Fuller offers courses that track with a range of interest. Students may want to concentrate on areas of study that support their sense of call, or explore several different areas during their time at Fuller. Such areas may include:

  • African American Church Studies
  • Ancient Context of the Old Testament
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Asian American Contexts
  • Children at Risk
  • Church Planting
  • Global Arts and World Religions
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Just Peacemaking
  • Race, Cultural Identity, and Reconciliation
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Worship and Music Ministry
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Youth, Family, and Culture