the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.A. – Theological Studies – Intercultural Leadership

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
Master of Arts in Theological Studies – Intercultural Leadership
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)u (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies (24 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
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Great Commission Studies (21 hours)
30960 Intercultural Communication
32980 World Religion and Christian Mission1 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
33410 Language Learning for Missionaries 3
33420 Cultural Acquisition for Missionaries 3
33420 Intercultural Church Planting 3
Total 45
Written Communication (if required) +2

uSee Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Macedonia Project appointees may substitute History and Theology of Islam (32985) for World Religions and Christian Mission (32980).
2Macedonia Project appointees may substitute Principles and Practice of Missions (33100), offered in conjunction with FPO) for Intercultural Church Planting (33830).

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.