Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies is especially designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree and are joining a mission team as support personnel, becoming missionaries as a second career, or want to increase their mission understanding. Students must complete fifteen credits (5) online courses. To earn the Graduate Certificate, students must complete a minimum 15 credits with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Working with their advisor, students have the freedom to customize their program by choosing courses most applicable to their studies. Contact the School of Intercultural Studies to discuss course options.

The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies develops foundational skills for implementing cross-cultural work. The certificate develops skills in Christian men and women for strategic, cross-cultural, and missional vocations among all peoples in accordance with God’s kingdom gospel.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Articulate foundational critical thinking that is biblically, culturally, missiological informed.
  • Grasp the need for cultural and ethnic sensitivity in relationships and leadership for communicating the Gospel.

For a comprehensive list regarding student learning outcomes, see the catalog.


To complete 15 credits for the Graduate Certificate curriculum, students take the courses below plus their choice of two additional courses from the Intercultural Studies core curriculum. All courses will be offered online.

Missiological Anthropology or Applied Anthropology
Mission Theology or Global Philosophy & Religion
Living & Working in the Muslim World or Animism & Folk Religions