Doctor of Intercultural Studies
School of Intercultural Studies
国产偷拍视频A primarily online doctoral program for leaders with a master's degree and five or more years of mission or ministry experience, Fuller’s Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS) helps students integrate theory and practical research to develop an individually tailored action plan to effect change in their service context. Guided by experienced faculty, students participate in a unique cohort learning approach, growing holistically as missional leaders and change agents, and graduating with a project directly applicable to their work.
Customize your research to accomplish concrete change in your specific context
Benefit from supportive, formational guidance toward your growth as a leader
Be sharpened, challenged, and supported by peers within your cohort
Develop your ministry effectiveness without leaving your context of service
国产偷拍视频The DIS is a four-year program consisting of annual nine-month modules representing the major stages of completing your applied research dissertation. The modules require an average time commitment of 12–16 hours per week. The program is primarily online, with one on-campus visit each year for face-to-face collaboration, study, and mutual sharpening. Students apply missiological and theological principles to a specific need for change in their context, engaging in research that culminates in a practical dissertation with a robust action plan.
"The professors don’t just know the material––they’ve lived it. All of them have missional experience, so they think about theories through a more practical lens. They stand firmly in both waters of theory and practice."
– Vandyck L., DIS Student
DIS students progress through the program with the same peer group—or “cohort”—of 8 to 12 students, led by faculty mentors who are scholar-practitioners. Cohort members interact online and meet face-to-face at annual on-campus intensives, where students further sharpen and support one another as they journey together in a learning community.
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PHD IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES
- Prepares scholars for research, writing, and teaching
- Research focus with emphasis on developing theory
- Language requirement: Language proficiency appropriate to proposed research
- Program structured around tutorials and dissertation in a community of scholars
- 3–5 years to complete (full-time)
- Residential with 18-month minimum requirement
- Program: 64 units
DOCTOR OF INTERCULTURAL STUDIES (DIS)
- Equips leaders for research and missionally informed action
- Applied research with emphasis on introducing positive change in your particular context of service
- Language requirement: None
- Program structured around cohort-community based modules and an applied research dissertation
- 4 years to complete (part-time)
- Non-residential with 4 on-campus intensives (3 are two weeks in length and 1 is one week long)
- Program: 48 units
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY (DMIN)
- Shapes leaders theologically and practically to engage ministry challenges
- Content focus with emphasis on providing theological insight and skills for ministry
- Language requirement: Some Greek or Hebrew (requirement can be met within DMin program)
- Program structured around courses and ministry project (through either cohort or personalized tracks)
- 4–6 years to complete (part-time)
- Non-residential with 3–5 one- to two-week intensives, as well as online courses
- Program: 48, 60, or 64 units, depending on previous degree work
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The highest credential we offer, the PhD provides students the opportunity to design, develop, and complete a customized research plan
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