MA in Intercultural Studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City

MA in Intercultural Studies


The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) degree prepares students for ministry in multicultural contexts, providing special preparation for future missionaries, pastors, teachers and other professionals who will minister in a multicultural world. This program allows students to seek specialization in areas such as urban ministries, education, and other areas of servant leadership in intercultural contexts.


The MAICS is a 48-credit hour degree program with coursework in the following disciplines:
- General Core (12 hours)
- Intercultural Studies (24 hours)
- Electives (12 hours)

Distance students will come to Kansas City four times for one-week, intensive seminars (called Convene) that foster professional relationships and create opportunities for deep, spiritual formation. Students living in the Kansas City area can study face-to-face with faculty on our urban campus.

An accredited undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is expected for admission as a Regular Student.

International students, non-degree seeking students (including students seeking to audit), and students without a bachelor’s degree may view additional requirements here.

Have more questions about transfer of credits or other admission-requirement related questions? Please see the Academic Catalog or contact us.

Tuition is $560/credit hour for Fall 2023 – Summer 2024. 97% of enrolled NTS students receive financial assistance. The office of financial aid is committed to coming alongside students to resource and help them make graduate-level education an affordable reality. The general scholarship application is embedded in the NTS application. View more about program costs, fees and additional financial aid options here.

For admission to a master's degree program, prepare to submit the following during the application process:

  • Three references: academic, pastoral, personal
    NOTE: Army Chaplains may submit the last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Lay Person references.
  • Transcripts: Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent directly to Nazarene Theological Seminary: Enrollment Services (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient until official ones arrive).
  • 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • Formal Academic Research Paper (or 500-word formal essay)

Please be prepared to provide the following additional items:

For more information, please consult the International Student Handbook.

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