The Master of Arts in Theological Studies for Intercultural Leadership (MATSIL) is a graduate degree designed to provide training for persons whose career goals require knowledge and skills for living and working in intercultural settings. Admission to this program is restricted to only those who are under appointment by the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, or other approved Great Commission groups, and are serving on the field currently. Admission is contingent upon appointment status as well as the approval of the missions agency.

The MATSIL degree is now available fully online!

Questions?  Contact us at matsil@sbts.edu

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a focused knowledge of intercultural leadership within the context of Christian missions.

Vocational Objectives

  • For appointed missionaries only
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)* (2)
Master of Arts Core Studies (27 hours)
20200  Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220  Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100  Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200  Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220  Introduction to the New Testament II 3
26200  Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060  Systematic Theology I 3
27070  Systematic Theology II 3
27080  Systematic Theology III 3
Great Commission Studies (21 hours)
30960  Intercultural Communication 3
32100  Personal Evangelism 3
32960  Introduction to Missiology 3
32980  World Religions and Christian Mission 3
33410  Language Learning for Missionaries 3
33420  Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries 3
33830  Intercultural Church Planting 3
Total 48
Written Communication (if required) +2

*See Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.