Global Mission and Intercultural Studies

The degree in Global Mission and Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare you as a missio​nal leader to engage in cross-cultural ministry locally and globally. This graduate-level training provides a range of applied and academic disciplines suitable for ministry and missions work in diversified world contexts. Our program is geared towards equipping church leaders to engage in holistic ministry in today’s multicultural world.

Our graduates are serving in countries such as:
• Afghanistan
• Brazil
• Bulgaria
• Canada
• China
• India
• Indonesia
• Kazakhstan
• Kenya
• Korea
• Japan
• Mozambique
• Russia
• Philippines
• South Africa
• Uganda
• United Arab Emirates
• United States of America


You will have the opportunity to study in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with direct access to the lives and worship styles of diversified churches that represent over one hundred cultures and languages. You will be trained with the skills necessary to minister in diversified cultures effectively and find solutions to cultural challenges. Our faculty will teach you topics such as cross-cultural communication, urban ministry¸ and the theology of mission.


The Master of Divinity in Global Mission and Intercultural Studies is one of the most comprehensive and contemporary programs that focuses on globalization and intercultural studies. You will be introduced to the latest studies on the effects of globalization on the life and ministry of the church in courses such as Perspectives on Global Mission and Globalization and the Church. Tyndale goes beyond denominational beliefs by bringing together all evangelical Christians into one community. Our student body represents over 40 different denominations and 30 ethnic groups.


Tyndale is a contemporary, multicultural, and denominationally-diverse Christian community. Our program addresses current global issues such as the relationship between Christianity and Islam, as well as the role of the church in ministering to our twenty first-century postmodern culture in courses such as Christianity and Islam: A Global Perspective and Gospel, Church and Culture. The global experiences of our professors bring significant value to their teaching and research. You will be enriched by their wide knowledge and firsthand experience in global ministries.


The Master of Divinity is a three-year professional ministry degree that provides you with knowledge and skills to be an effective and holistic ministry leader. The MDiv blends academic study, mentored learning and practical experience in a comprehensive program that will prepare you for ordained ministry or for Christian leadership in its various forms.

MDiv students will acquire foundational preparation for ordained ministry and for Christian leadership in congregations and other settings. Students will:

  1. develop breadth of knowledge and critical understanding of the theological disciplines;
  2. acquire capacities for understanding and engaging the cultural, social, and global context of God’s mission in the world;
  3. experience personal and professional growth through a process of intellectual, spiritual and ministry formation;
  4. develop and hone skills for theologically reflective ministry practice in its various forms.


Program Requirements

Biblical Studies (5 Courses)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • OLDT___ Old Testament course
  • NEWT___ New Testament course
Biblical Languages (3 Courses)
  • [NEWT 0321] Elementary Greek I or [OLDT 0611] Hebrew Grammar I
  • [NEWT 0322] Elementary Greek II or [OLDT 0612] Hebrew Grammar II
  • [NEWT 0523] Greek Exegesis I or [OLDT 0711] Hebrew Exegesis I
Theology (3 Courses)
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
  • THEO___ Theology course
Christian History (2 Courses)
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
Ministry Formation (6 Courses)
  • CHED____ Christian Education and Formation course
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0701] Global Mission & Intercultural Studies Internship
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
  • PAST___ Pastoral Ministry course
Global Mission and Intercultural major courses (4 Courses)
  • [MISS 0585] Perspectives on Global Mission
  • [MISS 0586] Globalization and the Church: Missional Theology
    in a Postmodern Culture
  • [MISS 0688] Developing Intercultural Competency for Ministry
  • MISS___ Global Mission and Intercultural course
Electives (4 Courses)

Total MDiv Courses: 27

Program requirements subject to change.
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The Master of Theological Studies is a two-year graduate degree that helps you understand the biblical, theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith. The MTS is flexible program that can be tailored to meet your learning and ministry interests, or help you prepare you for further studies. Students may select electives from across the curriculum, or use them to focus their studies in a chosen concentration.

Students completing the MTS program will acquire a broad understanding of the theological disciplines for Christian faith and practice. Students will:

  1. gain theological understanding and insight through study of the heritage of Christian scripture, history, theology and ministry;
  2. develop aptitudes for thinking critically, theologically and biblically in relation to faith, vocation and ministry; 
  3. acquire critical awareness of God’s mission in the world in its social, cultural and global contexts;
  4. demonstrate depth of understanding in a particular field (for those opting to concentrate in an area of study).

The MTS Modular is a specialized, cohort-based program that allows students to complete the degree, one evening per week, in a fixed sequence of courses delivered over three years. 

Program Requirements

Bible, Theology and History Courses (7 Courses)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
Ministry Formation (3 Courses)
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
Electives (8 Courses)

Total MTS Courses: 18

Program requirements subject to change.
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The one-year Graduate Diploma program provides you with a foundation of biblical, theological and ministry studies for your spiritual growth and ministry development. The Graduate Diploma allows you to tailor your studies to meet your learning and ministry needs. You may choose a concentration in Christian Studies, Leadership, Global Mission and Intercultural Studies, Pastoral and Chinese Ministry Foundations, Pentecostal Studies, Spiritual Formation or Youth and Family Ministry.

The Diploma in Christian Studies may also be taken on Monday evenings in a modular, cohort-based format with a fixed sequence of nine (9) courses delivered over one and a half years. The MTS (Christian Studies) may be taken entirely online.

All successfully-completed coursework can be transferred to the MDiv and MTS programs.

Program Requirements

Global Mission and Intercultural Studies:

Courses (4):

  • [THEO ___] Theology course
  • [HIST ___] History course
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church and Culture

One of

  • [BIBL ___] Biblical Studies course
  • [OLDT ___] Old Testament course
  • [NEWT ___] New Testament course

Global Mission and Intercultural Studies Electives (4)

  • [MISS ___] Global Mission and Intercultural Studies course
  • [MISS ___] Global Mission and Intercultural Studies course
  • [MISS ___] Global Mission and Intercultural Studies course
  • [MISS ___] Global Mission and Intercultural Studies course

Elective (1)

Total Course Requirements: 9

Program requirements subject to change.
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Whether you're interested in vocational ministry and leadership or personal study and enrichment, Tyndale offers a wide range of degree options that will meet your needs and goals.

Graduate Diploma** MTS
Master of Theological Studies**
Master of Divinity***
Master of Theology
Doctor of Ministry
A program geared toward adult learners interested in being equipped for ministry in their chosen profession A degree that will develop students' theological understanding for general educational purposes A degree designed primarily for those considering vocational, church-based ministry An advanced academic degree that provides an opportunity toexplore biblical, theological or historical studies in preparation for a PhD or ThD program An advanced professional degree designed for church leaders whose ministry will be integrated into their study and research Description
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project


1 year 2 years 3 years 1 year 3 years Duration*
Want to enhance your biblical and theological understandings in a setting that will engage your intellect and deepen your faith Are seeking a foundational graduate degree that can be utilized in a wide range of professional and ministerial contexts Wish to prepare for ordained ministry or for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings Have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level Have completed an MDiv or equivalent and are engaged in substantive ministry further developing your skills and capacities for effective leadership Pursue if...
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year.
** Also offered in a modular format designed to meet the needs of students with full-time demands such as family, church or career.
*** Tyndale also offers an In-Ministry MDiv degree program for people who are engaged in part-time or full-time in vocational Christian ministry.
» Program Coordinator

Dr. Wafik Wahba

Associate Professor of Global Christianity
416.226.6620 Ext. 2132

BA, Ain Shams University, 1980
BTh, Evangelical Seminary (Cairo, Egypt)
MATS, McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago), 1985
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1987
PhD, Northwestern University, 1997

Areas of Specialization: Global Christianity, Cultural Contextualization, Theology, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Dr. Wahba first came to Tyndale as adjunct professor of theology in 1998, having previously taught contextualized theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, as well as having pastored churches in Chicago and Toronto. Dr. Wahba has taught theology and intercultural studies in the United States, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. Dr. Wahba is one of 31 contemporary reformed theologians who have contributed to The Future of Reformed Theology, edited by Willis, David & Welker, Michael, (Eerdmans, 1999). Dr. Wahba has also published in Zur Zunkunft Der Reformierten Theologie, (Neukirchener Verlag, 1998). He co-led the unit on Theological Education for Mission at the 2004 Forum of Lausanne Committee in Pattaya, Thailand and is one of the authors of “Effective Theological Education for World Evangelization” Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 57, (May 2005). Dr. Wahba serves on the Board of Directors for several international Christian organizations.

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» Program Faculty

Prof. Rick Tobias

Adjunct Professor of Urban Missiology
416.226.6620 Ext. 2109

BA (Hon), Acadia University 1976
MDiv, Acadia Divinity College 1981
Seminary Consortium For Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), Chicago, 1980
(Hon) DD, McMaster University, 2003

Areas of Specialization: Urban ministry; Youth-at-risk; Strategies for national community-wide change of Canadian poverty; advocacy on behalf of low-income and marginalized people

Since 1984, Rick Tobias has been a regular lecturer at Tyndale University College & Seminary in the areas of urban ministry, youth-at-risk and poverty in Canada. He is President and CEO of Yonge Street Mission in Toronto. He is best known for his life-long advocacy on behalf of low-income and marginalized people, and for collaborating with business and professional leaders to promote change in the city. He continues to lead staff and volunteers as they craft programs that help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The program seeks to provide candidates with a collegial, academic and professional milieu in which you will advance your understanding of the nature, purposes, and practice of ministry; enhance your leadership and formational competencies in discernment, theological reflection, and in-ministry research; gain opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Learn More | View Requirements

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