The Master of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation (in conjunction with The Graduate Institute in Applied Linguistics) is designed to produce graduates qualified to serve in specialist cross-cultural roles in Bible translation, ethnology or descriptive linguistics or in general cross-cultural service.

Students must complete both components below, i.e., 79 hours at SBTS and 18 hours at GIAL. Important: The plan of study should be planned carefully in consultation with advisors from the Billy Graham School and the Graduate Institute in Applied Linguistics.

Vocational Objectives:

  • International missions
  • Cross-cultural evangelism and church planting
  • Bible translation
Master of Divinity-Missions and Bible Translation
SBTS GRADUATE HOURS
Hebrew Exegesis (20520, 20600-20800) or
Greek Exegesis (22600-23790)1 3
Great Commission Ministries (6 hours)2
30960 Intercultural Communication 3
33010 Communication in Oral Cultures 3
BGS M.Div. Core 70
Total SBTS hours 79
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (GIAL)
IMPORTANT: The GIAL Certificate in Applied Linguistics (21 undergraduate hrs. + AL5406 & AL5207 = 27 hrs.) must be completed for admission into the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (GIAL catalog, 13-16). These hours may be completed subsequent to the 79 hours from SBTS, but MUST be completed prior to enrolling in the following graduate level courses.
GIAL Graduate Hours
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics General Core Requirements (13 hours)
AL5406 Field Methods & Linguistic Analysis 4
AL5207 Field Data Management 2
LD5151 Cross-cultural Teaching Seminar 1
AL5314 Culture, Language and Mind or
AL5315 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
AL5312 Discourse Analysis 3
Bible Concentration Common Courses (15 hours)
AL5314 Culture, Language and Mind or
AL5315 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
Language Hebrew or Greek3 6
Exegesis NT/OT Exegesis1 3
AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
Electives (9 hours)2
Transferred in from SBTS 9
GIAL hours 18
SBTS hours accepted by transfer 18
Total graduate hours to meet GIAL requirements 36
SBTS graduate hours 79
GIAL graduate hours 18
Total Master of Divinity in Missions and
Bible Translation Requirements
97
GIAL certificate hours (required) 21
Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
Elementary Greek (if required) +3
Written Communication (if required) +2

1Credits to be accepted by transfer from SBTS into GIAL for completion of GIAL exegesis requirement.
2Credits to be accepted by transfer from SBTS into GIAL for completion of GIAL elective requirements.
3Credits to be accepted by transfer from SBTS into GIAL for completion of GIAL language requirements.