Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies



48 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 36 months


Regionally Accredited by SACSCOC

The Doctor of Philosophy (Intercultural Studies) program prepares you to produce original research in any area of Intercultural Studies including history and theology of mission, cultural anthropology, mission strategy, and Islamic Studies among others. 

This flexible program is available in three-year and five-year formats. You may pursue it online from wherever you are living or serving. 

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Featured Faculty

Edward L. Smither

Dean, School of Missions & Intercultural Ministry, Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity

For a comprehensive list of courses related to this program visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

• Completed application
• Application Essay (2000 words total, typed)

  • Using Scripture references, explain your understanding of God's plan of salvation as revealed in the Bible.
  • Explain how the Lord revealed Himself to you and share the circumstances of your own conversion to Christ.
  • Describe relationships, circumstances, and events God has used in your life to teach you and help you grow in your faith.
  • Describe your current disciplines of Bible study and prayer, both private and corporate.
  • Tell us about how the Lord allows you to share your faith with others.
  • What would those who know you say about your character and sense of integrity.
  • Please list church related or other Christian service in which you have been involved.
  • Describe your personal career or ministry goals and your understanding of God's direction for your future, and how you believe the PhD program will assist you

• Official transcripts for highest earned graduate degree and any additional graduate degree work
• One church leader reference and two academic references
• Academic writing sample (Master’s thesis or 30-40-page graduate research paper)
• Minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA

Accreditation and Accolades

SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies go on to become:

  • University instructors
  • Instructors and leaders in global theological education
  • Leaders in the global, non-profit sector
  • Government advisors
  • Leaders in Christian mission organizations and churches

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