Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministry
Dallas Theological Seminary
At Dallas Theological Seminary, the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministry Degree was created for both prospective and veteran missionaries whose ministries involve individuals from other cultures that wish to learn how to better communicate and minister. This degree meets the academic requirements of most mission agencies and is designed for those whose intended or current ministries do not involve preaching in the traditional sense.
It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that are able to communicate the Bible effectively in an intercultural context, to produce an accurate profile of the chosen area or country, and to design effective preaching strategies for intercultural ministry.
Graduates should be able to identify and verbalize principles of good intercultural ministry and state affected and pertinent data in regard to the global scene. They should be familiar with related principles of anthropology, ethnology, and psychology. This program emphasizes the historical progression of theology, including premillennial theology, and the ability to support views based on these ideas and apply them to current issues and trends.
Students in this program will be able to pursue TESOL certification in addition to the degree itself. This certification is for Christian workers that seek a brief program of graduate studies focusing on teaching English to speakers of other languages and missionary candidates that expect to serve in areas where TESOL certification enables entry, access, and ministry. This certification is earned by the completion of three required courses, a 1 credit internship, and a recommended Cultural Dynamics in Ministry or Ministry in Multicultural America course.
Of the 64 required credits of this degree, 22 hours must be completed in residency. Of the total, 22 credits are dedicated to Bible Exposition courses, 18 to the area of Systematic Theology, and 4 in Spiritual Life and Evangelism. Additionally, 12 credits come from World Missions and Intercultural Studies work and the remaining 6 from missions electives that are chosen with the help of department professors to best reflect personal career goals.
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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