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.

Concentration in Bible Translation (SBTS)

Missions and Bible Translation Concentration Requirement 3
30960 Intercultural Communications or
33010 Communication in Oral Culture 3

Master of Divinity Core

This core curriculum is required for the Master of Divinity degree in the Billy Graham School. It applies to all concentrations.

Remedial/Prerequisite Courses (8)
20400 Elementary Hebrew1 (3)
22400 Elementary Greek1 (3)
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
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
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
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching2 or 3
45400 Christian Teaching
30020 Preaching Practicum2 or 3
40200 The Worshiping Church
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40080 Christian Leadership 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry2 or 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry
Applied Ministry 1
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.


Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Dallas International University)

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
AL5312 Discourse Analysis 3
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