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Continuing Bren School students may petition to take up to four approved, UC-transferable, lower-division courses—excepting writing classes—at a community college or other university.



» Finding Transferable Courses

Consult www.assist.org to find courses that are UC-transferable.

It is extremely important to consult with a Bren School academic counselor prior to taking off-campus courses, and especially if you are near or in your last year prior to graduation.

A counselor will review your list of proposed courses to:

  • ensure that they will count towards your general education or major requirements
  • ensure that students do not compromise your ability to meet the UCI residence requirement.


» Transferring Credit

Students must submit an official transcript in order to have any course taken outside of UCI applied to their degree audit. 

For courses taken at another 2- or 4-year institution, send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools.

For courses taken through UCI Extension or Access UCI, send transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.

Note: If you are a graduating senior, it is strongly recommended that you submit your transcripts as soon as grades are posted, and inform the appropriate the appropriate office(s) of that submission.



» Studying Abroad

ICS students are encouraged to study abroad. However, it is critical that students plan ahead well in advance of departure.

Please start learning about the study abroad process at the Study Abroad Center Website

Students must first apply to study abroad and be selected by UCEAP/IOP/UC Summer Abroad in order to move forward with an evaluation of transferable classes.

Programs where students have successfully transferred coursework in the past include:

University of MelbourneAustralia
University of GlasgowIreland
University of AucklandNew Zealand
University of St. AndrewsScotland
National University of SingaporeSingapore
Kookmin UniversitySouth Korea
Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
Lund UniversitySweden
University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
University of StirlingUnited Kingdom

Students are recommended to study abroad between their 1st and 3rd year.

  • Summer study abroad programs work best for timely academic planning.

To receive credit for coursework taken abroad, please carefully follow the instructions detailed in the ICS Study Abroad Academic Planning Form:

  • ICS Study Abroad Academic Planning Form
    • Coursework taken abroad will only be formally evaluated for equivalency after students have been selected for a study abroad program.
    • Please be aware that this is a multi-step process that will take several weeks.

Build on your professional experience to better serve those to whom you are called.

Work effectively within other cultures by learning to better understand and appreciate them from within.

The M.A. in Intercultural Studies is designed to equip students both for careers in cross-cultural or multicultural environments and for ministries associated with spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in cultures other than one’s own. At the end of the program, graduates should be able to do the following:

  1. Convey an adequate understanding of how to live and work sensitively in contexts or cultures different than their own.

  2. Articulate a cross-cultural or international perspective with respect to their professional training (e.g., in teaching, medicine, business, or development)

  3. Produce written studies and reports manifesting their familiarity with the analytical and research tools available (particularly in the social sciences) and demonstrating their abilities to assess and adapt their objectives and activities to the cultural realities of their working environments

  4. Communicate a clear understanding of the dynamic nature of the gospel, the spiritual and cultural traits of a growing church, the deeply intertwined relationship between the gospel and culture in which God’s self-revelation was given in culture, how it is now communicated across cultures, and how it is being faithfully lived out in appropriate contextualized acts of allegiance to the God of creation

  5. Manifest godliness of character, personal standards of integrity and morality, concern for human rights and justice, and a passion for the reconciliation of humanity with their Creator

Possible careers for graduates with an MA in Intercultural Studies

  • Intercultural or Multicultural Business
  • Missionary, cross-cultural church leader
  • Mission Administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Missions pastor
  • English ministries pastor in multi-ethnic churches
  • Ministry among youth

A survey of over 450 graduates, with a response rate of 67 (15%) shows that about 35% of our graduates work for mission agencies, 20% work for universities, 5% work for churches, 5% are in international business, and since the degree appeals to such a diverse audience, with so much room for electives, 35% marked "other."

Work or stay in the field while completing your MA

There are multiple ways to complete the coursework. The entire MA ICS can be completed (full time) in 18 months on campus, or spread over several years so you don't have to leave your job and ministry. Click here for the curriculum plan. Classes can be taken in the following formats

  • Hybrid: The degree can be completed entirely through a hybrid format (2 consecutive weekends of lecture plus online discussions and assignments due at the end of the semester).
  • On campus at Biola
  • Online

Why study intercultural studies at the MA level?

  • Effectiveness: Sharpen your skills in cross-cultural work to be more effective in your career
  • Focus: Gain an International perspective on a specific area in cross-cultural work (TESOL, translation, church planting, community development, etc.)
  • Research: Hone your research and writing skills as you analyze specific cross-cultural issues.

Accelerated (12 month) BA to MA in Intercultural Studies

If you have a BA in Intercultural Studies, the program may be reduced from 39-30 credits. 

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