The Master of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation is designed to produce graduates qualified to serve in specialist cross-cultural roles in Bible translation, ethnology, descriptive linguistics, or in other cross-cultural service.
This program is offered in conjunction with Dallas International University. (formerly Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, GIAL)
IMB president Paul Chitwood knows missions. Even more, he knows that theological training is non-negotiable for men and women called to the mission field. And from his M.Div. (’95) and Ph.D. (’01) from the school, he knows Southern Seminary can prepare you for a life of missions work better than anyone.
Note: Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.
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Completion of the Master of Divinity degree with a Missions and Bible Translation Concentration requires 89 graduate hours from two institutions: 73 hours at Southern Seminary (SBTS) and 16 graduate hours at Dallas International University (DIU). Admission to the graduate program at DIU requires an additional 15 hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses.
SBTS students who complete the 16 DIU graduate hours for the M.Div. in Missions and Bible Translation can obtain a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics degree from DIU by completing an additional 6 graduate hours at DIU and either passing the comprehensive exam or writing a thesis. The plan of study should be planned carefully in consultation with advisors from both the Billy Graham School and Dallas International University.
|Missions and Bible Translation Concentration Requirement||3|
|30960||Intercultural Communications or|
|33010||Communication in Oral Culture||3|
This core curriculum is required for the Master of Divinity degree in the Billy Graham School. It applies to all concentrations.
|Biblical and Theological Studies||42|
|20200||Introduction to the Old Testament I||3|
|20220||Introduction to the Old Testament II||3|
|20440||Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis or||3|
|22440||Greek Syntax and Exegesis|
|22200||Introduction to the New Testament I||3|
|22220||Introduction to the New Testament II||3|
|25100||Introduction to Church History I||3|
|25120||Introduction to Church History II||3|
|26200||Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission||3|
|27060||Systematic Theology I||3|
|27070||Systematic Theology II||3|
|27080||Systematic Theology III||3|
|29250||Survey of Christian Ethics||3|
|40150||Personal Spiritual Disciplines||3|
|Missions, Evangelism and Ministry||27|
|30000||Christian Preaching2 or||3|
|30020||Preaching Practicum2 or||3|
|40200||The Worshiping Church|
|32960||Introduction to Missiology||3|
|32980||World Religions and Christian Mission||3|
|34300||Introduction to Biblical Counseling||3|
|40301||Pastoral Ministry2 or||3|
|45260||Discipleship and Family Ministry|
|44920||Applied Ministry: BGS or||1|
|44930||Applied Ministry: Mission Trips/Partnership|
|Total Requirements at SBTS||73|
1Successful completion of elementary language courses, whether at SBTS or elsewhere, is required prior to completing the syntax/exegesis course below.
2Courses 30000, 30020, and 40301 are reserved for, but not required of, men.
IMPORTANT: Dallas International University requires 15 prerequisite hours of undergraduate linguistics courses prior to admission into the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (DIU Catalog, p. 111). These courses are offered at DIU and may be completed subsequent to the 73 hours from SBTS, but MUST be completed prior to enrolling in the following graduate level courses.
|Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics General Core Requirements||16|
|AL5406||Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis||4|
|AL5207||Field Data Management||2|
|AA5151||Cross-cultural Teaching Seminar||1|
|AL5315||Semantics and Pragmatics||3|
|AL5316||Theory and Practice of Translation||3|
|DIU graduate hours||16|
|SBTS graduate hours||73|
|Total Master of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation Requirements||89|
|Dallas International University undergraduate prerequisite hours||15|
|Elementary Hebrew (if required)||+3|
|Elementary Greek (if required)||+3|
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