Intercultural Ministries: Christian Studies MA

MA in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Intercultural Ministries

(9 Credits)

Students in the Intercultural Ministries emphasis track focus on ministry outreach in both domestic and overseas contexts.   They may serve as missionaries, parachurch leaders, non-profit leaders, relief and development workers, church planters, or educators.   This track prepares them to think theologically and address the practical issues related to ministering in diverse and global contexts.

Degree details An Intercultural Ministries Emphasis is a specialized area of study under the Christian Studies (MA) and Ministry Leadership (MA) programs. This particular emphasis was intended to prepare students for effective cross-cultural ministry in the United States and overseas mission work.

What it emphasizes The Intercultural Ministries emphasis focuses on the dynamics and challenges of intercultural ministry as well as other topics related to language and church planting. There are many challenges to cross cultural ministry and this degree gives the student the skills and knowledge to meet those challenges. The degree mainly focuses on overseas missions but also prepares for church planting and teaching English as a second language.

What you need to pursue this degree Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have an accredited bachelor’s degree in any subject. This degree requires a spiritual commitment to gain Biblical knowledge and a deepening love for God and others.

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  • Courses

    Intercultural Ministries Emphasis Courses

    Emphasis Requirements


    Total - 9 Credits




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  • Careers

    Types of opportunities where this degree might be used

    • Overseas Missionary
    • Urban Missionary
    • Urban Church Planting
    • Multi-cultural Ministries
    • Missions Pastor
    • Evangelism and Outreach Pastor
    • Non-profit Organization
    • Para-church Ministry
    • Tent-making Missions
    • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • FAQS

    The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding Crown College’s online master’s degrees in Christian Studies (MA) or Ministry Leadership (MA) with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministries. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.

    What areas are covered by the emphasis in Intercultural Ministries? Students are prepared to think practically and theologically about outreach and ministry in diverse and global contexts.   In addition, students are able to take elective courses related to a specific area of interest including church planting, intercultural communication, disaster and emergency management, or teaching English as a Second Language.

    What classes would this program include? Some of the courses students may select from in this emphasis include:

    • Contemporary Issues in Missions
    • Theology of Missions and Outreach
    • Intercultural Team Building
    • Foundations of Church Planting
    • Teaching English to Second Language Learners

     How long does it take to complete the degree? Crown’s 36 credit hour master’s degree is normally completed in two years, but students may elect to complete the degree more quickly or slowly depending on their availability.  

    How often do I have to be on campus? The Master’s degrees in Christian Studies and Ministry Leadership with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministries is 100% online and has no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program.  Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor throughout the program who can assist with various departments.  You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email. While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation!  We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation.  The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

    What jobs can I get with an Intercultural Ministries emphasis? An Intercultural Ministries Emphasis graduate will be better prepared for multiple ministry careers:

    • Missionary
    • Non-Profit Advocacy
    • Church Planter
    • International Development

    Do I need to be a pastor or missionary already to complete this program? No, although some familiarity with ministry as a career path will certainly help for this particular major.

    Can I transfer into the Christian Studies (MA) or Ministry Leadership (MA) programs if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree? While some life experience and work history (such as current or previous work) may be considered for credit, as a master-level, professional degree, all students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the program and most students will be required to complete all courses included in the curriculum.

    Did you know? 

    • Crown faculty in our graduate programs have earned doctoral degrees and actively serve as practitioner-scholars in a variety of local church, missions, and non-profit ministry contexts.
    • Crown’s M. A. degrees seek to draw upon the strengths in our other graduate programs to allow students to take elective credits in their area of interest.
    • Our program is designed for both men and women who seek to serve in a variety of religious leadership roles.