MA in Intercultural Ministry

Program Overview

The MA in Intercultural Ministry is designed to prepare ministers to serve in settings with a diversity of cultural groups interfacing with and impacting one another. Students pursuing this degree strive to develop more fully their ability to foster dialogue across cultural and religious boundaries and to integrate intercultural ministerial concerns and theological study.

Program Structure (36 semester credits)

  • 18 semester credits required courses
  • 3 semester credits Ministry Practicum
  • 13.5 semester credits elective courses
  • 1.5 Capstone project

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In addition to their coursework, all CTU students participate in spiritual formation that helps them integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. For more information about formation programs at CTU, click here.

  • Engage in constructive theological reflection on Catholic scripture and tradition in a faithful, historically critical, and culturally and ecumenically sensitive manner;
  • Demonstrate in practice the capacity for effective pastoral leadership within their particular cultural and religious contexts; and
  • Demonstrate progress toward integration as ministers/leaders, including growth in their spiritual formation and their development of a coherent theological vision.
  • Bachelor’s degree or qualify for Bachelor degree equivalency
  • Recommend at least five years prior ministerial experience, paid or volunteer
  • English language proficiency for graduate level studies

Additional Information

Critical Dates and Deadlines

  • March 1, 2021 – CTU Scholarship Application Deadline (all admission application material must be received by CTU by March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for scholarships)
  • May 1, 2021 –Application deadline for Internationally-based students
  • August 15, 2021 – Application deadline for US-based students

Application Guidelines

Requirements for International Students

Alumni Profile

Emily (Ruskamp) Cortina, MA-ICM '15

A Nebraska native, Emily was drawn into ministry while serving as a youth mentor with Incarnate Word Missionaries in Chimbote, Peru, where she became captivated by the power of parishes as agents of community development. Read more.