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MA, Intercultural Studies

At a Glance:

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Semester hours 54
Average Completion Time 2 years
Cost per credit $472* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools; North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with online and local format options
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

Contextualized Education Developed by Native Americans in Intercultural Studies

George Fox Evangelical Seminary is partnering with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) to offer a two-year Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) designed for indigenous students and non-indigenous students who desire more of a non-Western directed approach to education.

New cohorts gather each summer in June in their online classroom, with the first face-to-face session at the annual NAIITS Symposium, held each summer in early June. This summer (2014) the cohort will meet at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. In June 2013, the cohort met at Tyndale University and Seminary in Toronto. 

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Executive Director of NAIITS and Visiting Faculty Dr. Terry LeBlanc is a Mi'kmaq/Acadian


This unique program provides teaching from alternative epistemologies and pedagogies (anthrogogies) that assist co-learners in the creation of informed paradigms beyond traditional western models. Guided field activities are central to the co-learner’s experience. Graduates will serve in a variety of ministry roles such as:

  • Anthropologically informed community leaders
  • Specialized leaders such as organizational cultural liaisons and inter-cultural specialists
  • Pastors and church planters in the multi-ethnic/inter-cultural church
  • Inter-cultural missionaries and ministry personnel
  • Inter-cultural parachurch leaders
  • Overseas ministry personnel
  • Camp or university campus spiritual directors

Program Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Mature into God's fullness
  • Develop habits and authentic disciplines for thinking and living in Christ's presence
  • Gain a critical and constructive understanding of the anthropological, missiological, spiritual, biblical and theological foundations of the Faith
  • Understand the mission of God in the world and their place in it
  • Understand themselves and relate more effectively to others created in God's image and called into diverse community and ministry
  • Function as leaders who are themselves being transformed, and are therefore healthy and effective instruments of transformation

The program is ideal for those who ...

  • Want to learn from a non-Western prospective
  • Are drawn to the strong deconstruction element of the education
  • Are looking for education that matches new ways of doing church
  • Want a diversity of voices in their theological education
  • Like to hear the indigenous perspective
  • Desire something bigger than what they are getting in a more traditional classroom

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NAIITS MAIS Program Director Dr. Randy Woodley is Keetoowah Cherokee

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Intercultural Studies master's program must hold a three- or four-year baccalaureate degree† from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • George Fox Evangelical Seminary/NAIITS joint application form and application fee
  • Submit one official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Resumé
  • Personal mission statement and statement of faith
  • Three letters of reference (as specified in admissions materials)
  • A group interview or phone interview (by invitation only)

For more, see Become a Student...

†Applicants who do not hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may apply, but will be required to submit additional documentation to be considered for admission.