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Master of Arts in Global Studies


Learn specialized knowledge and skills to engage, encourage, and support people from another culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and prepare to live and work in a multicultural world.

Available Formats:

TraditionalOffered in a traditional format on our Columbia campus.
HybridCombines intensive courses in Columbia, Atlanta, or Korntal, Germany with online courses making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.

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You will be able to:

  • Articulate biblical principles and models for participating in the global mission of God;
  • Evaluate historical examples for participating in the global mission of God;
  • Evaluate current strategies regarding the global mission of God;
  • Develop strategies and models for participating in the global mission of God;
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in cross-cultural analysis, research, and writing about the global mission of God.

Potential employment and service opportunities for graduates include:

  • Governmental service: various diplomatic positions in various US embassies overseas.
  • Military service: chaplaincy in the various branches.
  • Church service: mission pastors; ethnic outreach coordinators.
  • Mission service: short-term to long-term missionaries in any cross-cultural service anywhere in the world; mission agency office support person; mission mobilizer.
  • Business service: entry level positions in non-governmental organizations or transnational corporations; tentmakers/business as mission or any other creative access type of platform overseas; marketing specialists to specific groups.
  • Educational service: international TEFL teacher; K-12 TEFL teacher (with ACSI certification); cross-cultural sensitivity consultant in educational environments.
Featured Faculty: 
Mike Barnett
Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies

B.A., University of Houston; M. Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

David G. Cashin
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., Gordon College; M.A., Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; M.A., Ph.D., Stockholm University, Sweden

Ed Smither
Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., M.Div.,Liberty University; Ph.D., University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; Ph.D., University of Pretoria