Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies

This program of study is designed to prepare emerging leaders for successful global leadership and ministry across a variety of cultural contexts.

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Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program is designed to prepare students to engage in missions work in a cross-cultural or global setting. All of the courses within this program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at Manna U. In addition to the 61 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.


Program Objectives

  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience.
  • Equip the student to integrate Christian principles into critical thinking and decision-making in one’s personal and/or professional life.
  • Give the student a working knowledge of Biblical concepts of global leadership to meet the needs of diverse audiences/targeted age groups and organizational settings.
  • Equip the student to integrate a Biblical worldview into the practice of cross-cultural leadership in ministries and organizations.
  • Give the student an understanding of intercultural studies from different perspectives, including anthropological, psychological, and theological insights, and to apply cross-cultural thinking to promote organizational and personal effectiveness.
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models and figures of intercultural leadership with their implications in a global context.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The A.A. Intercultural Studies degree requires 20 courses + Student Orientation (or 61 credit hours), which can be completed in 2 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online).  Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2021-2022 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $200 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Tuition for Student Orientation: $200
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,710

Semesters 2 - 5

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,500

*This is per semester.

Graduation Fee: $100

TOTAL COST: $12,860

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $100 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of Manna U’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Four Semesters) Pass/Fail


Student Orientation

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

ENG 107

Undergraduate Student Orientation


Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21


General Studies Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CLG 113

Leadership Habits & Attitudes I


CLG 114

Leadership Habits & Attitudes II


CLG 145

Leadership Practicum I(a)


CLG 146

Leadership Practicum I(b)


CLG 201

Spiritual Formation


CLG 211

Church Life


CLG 247

Leadership Practicum II(a)


CLG 248

Leadership Practicum II(b)


CLG 260

Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I


CLG 261

Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II


LEA 201



LEA 202

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership


LEA 210

Christian Leadership


LEA 240

Research and Analysis for Leadership


LEA 310

Introduction to Organizational Leadership


PHL 120

Philosophy of Leading Teams


Total Credit Hours:



Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HST 320 History of Missions 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 401 Preparation for a Career in Missions 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
Total Credit Hours: 15


Admissions section: To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transferring from another college or university, click here for more information.

Emalee’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Emalee leads a busy life. Fitting in time for studies was a challenge on top of work and serving in her local church, but she gleaned many insights that changed her life.

“The Intercultural studies program is made to push the student to see different cultures in a new light. This was great for me because it showed me how to properly research cultures, as well as understand what they believe based off of the culture as a whole.”

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Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of Manna U students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of Manna U’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.