Graduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies

The two Intercultural Studies programmes offered at SBC (.ie., GDIS, MAIS) equip God’s people to meet the challenge of missions in the 21st century. Contemporary missions training requires integration of cross-cultural awareness, development issues, creative-access approaches, and the unchanging truth of the Bible applied in specific contexts.

It is critical that those who go to the field and those who support them are shaped by the same concepts and values. Thus, this programme provides solid theological foundations for missions, combining cutting-edge missiological thinking with practical application. For these reasons, the programme addresses issues such as:

  • Culture and contextualization
  • Mission to migrant and diaspora peoples
  • International development
  • Cultural exegesis
  • Missions mobilisation
  • Urban mission
  • Enterprise as mission

These are in addition to conventional equipping in theology and Bible, as well as spiritual formation with a focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.

Learning onsite within the SBC community is most effective and fruitful. However, it is now possible to choose to complete the GDIS curriculum entirely online, wherever you are, part/full-time. Those who opt to do this may apply to the Immersion Experience?where they can stay and study at SBC for 1–2 weeks at the start of every semester and get to know their classmates and faculty in person.

Please note that all international students studying onsite are required to be studying on a full time basis.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4
  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/80 (IBT)
  • IELTS:? 6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Evidence of call to ministry and service
  • Endorsement by church leadership


  • Completion of 33 credit hours (GDIS) or 65 credit hours (MAIS) of studies including field education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5



第一学期 数学分
旧约基础 3
释经学 3
Introduction to
Christian Spirituality
Cultural Anthropology
for Ministry
Engaging Current Issues
and Trends in Missions
Field Education 1
Research and Writing 1
第二学期 数学分
New Testament Foundations 3
Old Testament Studies I 3
Systematic Theology I 3
Missiological Perspectives 3
Urban Mission 3
Field Education 1

注解: Course offerings are subject to change.


在新神,我们会采取混成式学习(blended learning)的模式,即兼用实体和在线的各种平台,来设计各式各样的同步与非同步学习活动,以此建立我们的群体。因此,学生将会从各类面对面与在线学习活动中,在新神体验到更丰富的学习。