Master of Intercultural Studies

The Master of Intercultural Studies (MICS) is a unique and completely online postgraduate offering with a focus on the specialised knowledge and research skills needed for expert intercultural ministry practice.


The course is designed to help Christian workers who are currently engaged in cross-cultural ministry to reflect on their ministry in the light of biblical and missiological perspectives. For participants who do a major research project, the course will be a pathway to doctoral studies. 

The MICS was also designed to intentionally develop an inclusive missionary learning community that increases the missiological expertise of the global missionary community without requiring missionaries to leave their place of ministry for extended periods of study.


This course is for those currently serving among people from a different culture than their own, and who are wanting to enhance or sharpen their ministry. They may be serving in cross-cultural ministry overseas, or here in Australia.


The MICS is available through online study only. By offering the course online, we are able to draw on the expertise of missionary academics who are working in the missions community around the world and engage with current global standards of best practice in missions.

"This course has definitely been one of the most helpful I've taken in years and years. So much to think about, and really well structured. I think it's helped me to bed down my passion for effective contextualisation." MICS student

Admission requirements

Completed three year bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline.


  • You can study either the whole MICS or just single units of study. You can enrol in a single unit for credit or audit, even if you do not meet the requirements to enrol for the whole course.
  • If you have already graduated with an ACT Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology, or equivalent, you are eligible to receive advanced standing for up to 48cps of AQF level 8 units in this course based on units completed in your previous degree, with the remainder of the course to be completed at AQF level 8-9.
  • If you have already graduated with an AQF level 8 or 9 award in ministry or theology (for example, Master of Ministry or Master of Divinity), you are eligible to receive advanced standing for up to 96cps of AQF level 8 units in this course based on units completed in your previous degree, with the remainder of the course to be completed at AQF level 8-9.


Assessment in the MICS is by assignments, not exams. To successfully complete the assignments, students will need to have sustained engagement with, and ministry among, people from a culture other than their own. This would usually mean being able to communicate with them in their heart language. Assignments will focus on the application of unit content to the student's current cross-cultural ministry practice. 

The assignment format will be varied. Examples of the types of assignments are: ministry plans, portfolios of ministry resources, research reports, personal reflections on ministry in relation to readings, essays, audio or video presentations, and participation in varied interactive activities online. Preparation for the assignments will be integrated into the way the unit is taught and will often involve peer review as a collaborative activity online. There will be two or three assignments spread evenly over the semester.


2022 Tuition Fees:
AQF unit levels 8-9 (12 credit points) = $2,640
or $653/unit for audit.
For further details see Costs

Course structure

The course consists of 16 units (192cps): 4 core intercultural studies units, 4 Bible/Theology/Church History units, up to 7 electives, and a project or capstone.

Candidates who have completed at least one year of full‐-time equivalent study in an undergraduate higher education course in ministry or theology may be eligible to receive 60cps advanced standing. Postgraduates may be eligible for up to 96cps advanced standing.

1. Core Units

2.  Bible/Theology/Church History

  • 24cps from the following units: OT001‐712, OT002‐712, OT003‐712, BB001‐712, BB002‐712, BB003‐712, NT001‐712, NT002‐712, NT003‐712
  • 12cps in CH/TH units at Level 7
  • 12cps units at Level 7 from BB/OT/NT/TH/CH

3. Electives

Up to seven units from:

4. Project or Capstone

Either: a minor project (one unit) focusing on an area of their choice and that is related to their current ministry;
Or: a specially designed integrative capstone experience unit focused on intercultural studies (one unit);
Or: Research Methods (one unit) and a major project (two or three units) (which can also provide a pathway to doctoral studies).

Download the Planned Schedule of MICS Unit Offerings (156KB PDF)

For more detailed information on this course see the ACT website(SMBC is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology (ACT))

View an article from SMBC News by Richard and Evelyn Hibbert on the MICS

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us

SMBC, PO Box 83
43 Badminton Road, Croydon NSW 2132
T +61 2 9747 4780
Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) is an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS: 02650E
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