Get Strong Missiological Formation in a Flexible Format

The MAICS now offers deeper missiological preparation and new flexibility. Beginning Fall 2017, students can complete the degree 100% online—enabling them to study without leaving home and apply what they’re learning directly to their work or ministry. More electives allow students to shape the degree to their needs and areas of interest, and a stronger core of coursework equips them with the cultural intelligence and missiological understanding to work for transformation in any context.


Alum Nicole Higgins uses her MAICS degree in her current work—read her story.

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Distinctives of Fuller’s MAICS Program

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Soundly Missiological

Students learn to think missiologically about the world through deep, rigorous study of globalization, anthropology, and the mission of God

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Reflective Practice

Whatever their area of service, students gain the critical thinking and integration skills to contextualize the gospel and work for transformation

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Cultural Intelligence

Students grow in their understanding of other religions and cultures, enabling them to sensitively build relationships in contexts of diversity

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Flexibility and Customization

A new, fully online option allows students to stay engaged in their context of service; more electives enable students to tailor the degree to their needs and interests


Students in Fuller’s redesigned MAICS program come away with a deeply grounded understanding of the mission of God and what it means to enact it in their lives. A scholastically rigorous core of missiological and anthropological coursework forms them to serve in contexts of cultural and religious diversity with informed sensitivity—and instills in them the capacity to think missiologically in order to work for real change. If they wish, students can complete an optional thesis to focus more intently on an area of interest, and all MAICS students are prepared to continue their studies at the DMiss or PhD level if that is their goal.


Fully Online

Starting Fall 2017 students can complete the MAICS 100% online, engaging the program’s missiological formation without leaving home, work, or ministry—learning with classmates from across the globe who bring a diversity of perspectives. Students can also opt for any combination of online and on-campus courses that works for their needs.

Optional Practicum

Students can now choose whether they’d like to participate in an optional practicum, applying their studies to a specific context of service they’d like to explore. Multiple practicum site possibilities—as well as the opportunity to arrange their own—allow students to hone their call in this way if they wish.

Tailor Your Degree

Seven courses—one-third of the MAICS degree—are electives, allowing students customize the program to their interests and, if they wish, choose an area of emphasis:

Discover effective strategies for bringing change to children and youth in need— learn more

Nurture social transformation through a deeper understanding of Islam— learn more

Learn from experienced practitioners to serve among the poor and marginalized—learn more

Explore approaches to bridging cultural and religious divides through the arts—learn more

Be formed as an effective, theologically grounded, and spiritually vibrant leader—learn more


When you join the MAICS community, you’ll study the global church with classmates from around the world who bring a multitude of perspectives to the classroom.

Quote Patrick Kakule
I came from the Congo with two passions—evangelism and development—and professors like Bryant Myers and other experienced practitioners helped me bring those together. Fuller gave me opportunities to learn from people who are working in the areas I’m passionate about. It gave me a language behind my passion, preparing me to take a theology of development back to the Congo.

Patrick Butsapu Kakule (MAICS '16) from Goma, Congo

Quote Priscilla Santos
Learning in a global community of diverse voices informed my understanding of best practices in working among the poor and marginalized, affirming those we serve to be agents of change. The MAICS program equipped me to think holistically and ask the right questions in my present context—walking alongside human trafficking survivors as they go from crisis to sufficiency to thriving.

Priscilla Santos (MAICS ’12), Program Coordinator, Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking Services

Quote Allen O'Loughlin
Integrating classroom principles into onsite practice is a huge challenge for me. But at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies I was taught by world-changing practitioners whose ideas were refined in the heat of personal cross-cultural experience. Most of all, I value their belief in me, and the faith they enacted when they chose to equip me to go and do what they have done.

Allen O’Loughlin (MAICS ’14), Cross-Cultural Practitioner in South Asia


God made us to be people who will live according to rhythms. The question is: What kind of rhythms are they?—Dean Scott Sunquist
MAICS students participate in small group reflection, mentoring, and practices that deepen their spiritual formation and shape them holistically for reflective discipleship—through courses such as these:

Practices of Vocational Formation

listening, discernment, guidance, lament, rhythms of rest, stewardship

Practices of Mission

witness, mercy, reconciliation, advocacy, creation care, friendship, interreligious dialogue

Practices of Worship

Sabbath keeping, confession, praise, communion, prayer, reading and proclaiming the Word

Practices of Community

hospitality, forgiveness, promise-keeping, truth-telling, gratitude, testimony

Do I Qualify?


Three steps begin your journey toward the MA in Intercultural Studies program at Fuller: (1) familiarize yourself with the program, (2) learn about admission requirements, and (3) submit your application. Prospective MAICS students must have a bachelor’s, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution and submit an application for admission with the required documentation. Find out more at the link below.

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Enrolling in the MAICS program can seem like a significant financial investment, but it is a worthy one—nine out of ten Fuller graduates say that their seminary education prepared them to make a positive impact in their vocational contexts. There are many forms of aid and support that can offset the cost of the degree; learn more about tuition costs and financial aid below.

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