Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics
Dallas Theological Seminary
The Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Literature program at Dallas Theological Seminary provides instruction in Bible translation and is designed primarily for missionary recruits, in-service missionaries, and translation support personnel. This program is offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) and fulfills the minimum requirements for the first term of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators, an interdenominational organization committed to making a translated text of the Bible in every currently used language in the world.
This MA program aims to produce students that are able to translate the Bible effectively in a cross-cultural context, produce a correct profile of a chosen country or cultural area of the world, and design an according strategy for cross-cultural ministry. Those enrolled in this program will engage collaboratively with speakers of other languages, recording an unfamiliar language with the International Phonetic Alphabet, and apply basic hermeneutic principles to biblical study and translation. Graduates will show competency in using technological tools to make phonological analysis, descriptive grammar, interlinear text, and partial lexicography of a minority language. Students will be provided the ability to find their own language learning style by using different methods and go on to record participatory observations in a cross cultural setting.
The application process is a dual one, and applicants must apply to Dallas Theological Seminary and the GIAL and be admitted into both to start the program. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all GIAL coursework before beginning that of this degree. Those enrolled must complete all GIAL prerequisites before matriculating at this institution, and all degree requirements must be completed within seven years maximum.
To complete this program, students must complete a total of 62 credit hours. Of this total, 18 are dedicated to the area of Linguistics and Language, 12 to Greek Grammar and Exegesis, 12 to Hebrew Grammar and Exegesis, 3 to Biblical Manners and Customs, 3 to World Missions, 9 to Bible Exposition, and 5 in Systematic and Historical Theology.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: Hybrid
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master's and doctoral degrees. Additionally, Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MA in Christian Education, MA in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Biblical Counseling, MA in Media and Communication, MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Christian Studies), DMin, DEdMin, ThM, STM, PhD.
The qualifying degree for a master's level program is a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, conferred by a regionally accredited college or university. Exceptions to this requirement are limited. Dallas Theological Seminary enrolls men and women who:
- Show evidence of saving faith in Christ
- Are of proven Christian character
- Are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts
Adhere to the following doctrines:
- The authority and inerrancy of Scripture
- The Trinity
- Christ's full deity and humanity
- The spiritual lostness of the human race
- Christ's substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
- Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
- The physical return of Christ.
In 1924 a group of students met to study under the noted Bible teacher Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer. This spiritual meeting and learning experience would later grow to become the Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1935 the Seminary pioneered the four-year Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. The Th.M. focuses on the same theological courses offered in other three-year programs with an emphasis in systematic theology, Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis, Greek and New Testament exegesis, and Bible exposition. Over the years the seminary grew to incorporate other programs centered on the spiritual world.
There are now Master of Arts degrees and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program to provide pastoral training for students. All programs are intended to prepare students for their future career endeavors—be it teacher, pastor, or other spiritual role, with curricula centered on God and his Word. DTS offers three 100% online programs, two of which are also offered in Chinese. In addition, students can do up to 2/3 of the ministry master’s degrees online in a hybrid format.
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