Intercultural Studies

Prepare for Missions in a Cross-Cultural Context

Some students in this Master’s Degree program are getting ready for cross-cultural ministry; some are furthering their education while on leave from their current placements; and others are in ministry in a multicultural North America. All of them are interested in breaking down the “us and them” paradigm by learning about the economic, cultural and ethnic boundaries that divide people. As the Western church becomes a minority in secular cultures, a powerful identity can be found as part of a global community that transcends those divisions.

Info Sessions

We welcome you to join us on one of our information sessions to hear more about the application/admission process.

Major Options
MA TESOL Major 60 cr hrs
MA TTESOL Major 60 cr hrs
MA Missiology Major 60 cr hrs
Program Details

Entrance Requirements

There are no additional entrance requirements beyond the admission requirements. See Academic Calendar for details.

Program Tracks

Missiology – 60 credit hours – Gain the historical knowledge and basic theoretical and practical training needed to serve cross-culturally.

TESOL – 60 credit hours – Develop the skills required to teach English to speakers of other languages. Receive training in linguistic theory and pedagogy, as well as gaining hands-on experience teaching English.

TTESOL – 60 credit hours – Enrich your English teaching skills by taking the next step toward teaching those desiring to teach English to speakers of other languages. Gain the training necessary to teach TESOL by improving your knowledge in sociolinguistics and the development of language curriculum.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

Program Courses

Missiology Major

  • Worldview and Culture
  • Mission Theology
  • The Growth of the Church


  • Morphology & Phonology
  • Applied Linguistics II: Syntax
  • Second Language Acquisitions


  • Language Teacher Education
  • Language Curriculum Development
  • Assessment, Placement & Evaluation in TESOL

Daryl Climenhaga, D.Miss. (Program Coordinator)
Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of TESOL

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji, M.A.
UC Dean & Associate Professor of TESOL

Career Options
Graduates build careers in global missions, pastoral ministry, senior administration, TESOL placements, and cross-cultural ministry settings. Others pursue doctoral studies.