2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Masters of Arts Degrees

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

Master of Arts (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 (MAIS) 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. MAIS 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. MAIS students 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, MAIS graduates are able to demonstrate in word and deed the transforming work of Christ.

Learning 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.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply mission theology and Scripture for shaping reflective local church practices.
  • Distill lessons from world Christian witness, past and present, to construct models for mission.
  • Articulate credible plans for seeking God’s justice within societies through an embodied Gospel message.
  • Welcome opportunities to interact with people of diverse faith traditions with sympathetic understanding.
  • Use social science theory and theology to explore the cultural dynamics of God’s mission.
  • Propose relevant approaches for persuasive mission using integrated insights drawn from multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrate capacities to cultivate a missiologically 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 Master of Arts (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 (Intercultural Studies may be completed entirely online, or with any combination of campus-based and online coursework.)

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

The Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies) program can be completed online, on the Pasadena campus, or in a combination of learning modalities. 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.

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 (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.

Curriculum

The Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies) requires the successful completion of 80 quarter units. Flexible plans to study allow you to complete the Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies) according to your needs. You can complete all requirements for the degree online, on campus, or in a combination of modalities.

Degree Outline

Integrative (8 units)

  • IS500 Practices of Vocational Formation

Choose one from the following options:

  • 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 (40 units)

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 online courses and two two-week on-campus periods on the Pasadena and Houston campuses. However, students in designated cohorts may take all of their coursework online and/or in hybrid courses. Each cohort of MAGL students forms a cooperative learning community, exploring issues of mission, theology, spiritual leadership, and disciple making across cultures.

Distinctives of the Program

  • People called by God with at least four years of leadership experience can apply to the MAGL.
  • This degree can be earned fully online, or primarily online with some on-campus opportunities.
  • 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 Intercultural Studies 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.

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 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.

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.

Missional Church – the Goal of Leadership

  • Graduates will make plans for their church’s missional engagement with their cultural context(s) to promote transformation.

Global Diversity – the Context of Leadership

  • Graduates will demonstrate familiarity with the diversity of theories, practices, and global contexts of missional leadership.

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.

Organizational Dynamics – the Implementation of Leadership

  • Graduates will examine various organizational dynamics and apply selected administrative tools.

Leadership Development and Character – the Heart of Leadership

  • Graduates will implement a developmental perspective that prioritizes personal spiritual formation.

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.

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. Two two-week intensive seminars may be taken on the Pasadena and Houston campuses. However, students in designated cohorts may take all of the coursework for the MAGL program 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 & Marriage and Family Therapy.