The North American Institute for Indiginous Theological Studies (NAIITS) academic degrees offer open-ended opportunities for First Nations, Metis, Inuit and others of Indigenous ancestry to be part of a flexible program of learning, equipping them to more effectively tell the stories of their people, facilitate community transformation, and contribute to the shaping of an inclusive society. Our non-Western approach to education also attracts those pursuing academic and ministerial careers who are non-Indigenous and seek the benefits of academic rigor without the assumptions accompanying Western hegemony.

NAIITS symposiums are themselves learning communities, unique in their blend of academic and practitioner teaching. Participants take away a rich learning experience shared with new friends from communities in all corners of North America and beyond.

Course Requirements

The MA in Intercultural Studies program is generally three years in length with 54 semester hours of course work required as the minimum for graduation. Courses are offered in a two- to three week intensive at approved sites in the summer with other coursework undertaken in blended teaching/learning styles. This program is a flexible cohort group experience with a hybrid education format of online and face-to-face learning. Of the total hours required for the degree, 26 are in Intercultural Studies core courses, 24 in Biblical/Historical/Theological courses, and 4 in Spiritual Formation.

Residence Requirements

Formal campus residency is not required for this program. However, of the 54 hours required for the MA in Intercultural Studies program, a minimum of 27 hours must be taken while enrolled at George Fox University in the joint MAIS program. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the MA in Intercultural Studies degree, students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 54 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Be admitted to candidacy for the degree
  • Be recommended by the NAIITS/Portland Seminary faculty for graduation from George Fox University.

Application Deadline

Rolling application deadline. Apply now for the next start date.