M.A. On Campus

Intercultural Studies

Biola University

24 months
667 USD/credit 13006 USD/year
667 USD/credit 13006 USD/year
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The M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Biola University is designed to equip students both for careers in cross-cultural or multicultural environments and for ministries associated with spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in cultures other than one’s own.


Intercultural Studies programme is offered at Biola University.

Key facts:

At the end of the Intercultural Studies at Biola University, graduates should be able to do the following:

  • Convey an adequate understanding of how to live and work sensitively in contexts or cultures different than their own.
  • Articulate a cross-cultural or international perspective with respect to their professional training (e.g., in teaching, medicine, business, or development)
  • Produce written studies and reports manifesting their familiarity with the analytical and research tools available (particularly in the social sciences) and demonstrating their abilities to assess and adapt their objectives and activities to the cultural realities of their working environments
  • Communicate a clear understanding of the dynamic nature of the gospel, the spiritual and cultural traits of a growing church, the deeply intertwined relationship between the gospel and culture in which God’s self-revelation was given in culture, how it is now communicated across cultures, and how it is being faithfully lived out in appropriate contextualized acts of allegiance to the God of creation
  • Manifest godliness of character, personal standards of integrity and morality, concern for human rights and justice, and a passion for the reconciliation of humanity with their Creator

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economic Anthropology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Urban Research & Study
  • Ethnographic field methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average. Graduates from approved, unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, if GPA is 3.4 or higher. 

  • Those without intercultural/ missions or Bible / theology or anthropology may have additional coursework added to their program.

  • Applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree will relate to those objectives. 

  • Three letters of references on forms supplied by the school are required.

  • Official transcripts for all previous schools attended are required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 667 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    13006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 667 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for La Mirada

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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