Graduate Certificate in Linguistics for Bible Translation

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Program Snapshot

9 Credit Hours 3 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date August 5

Bring the Word of God to the ends of the earth.

The Graduate Certificate in Linguistics for Bible Translation is designed to train those interested serving in the field of Bible translation.

Be trained to make disciples of all nations.

Students interested in studying Linguistics for Bible Translation with the Southern M.Div. may complete a 9 hour Graduate Certificate en route to their degree.

Students will choose 3 courses from the following:

Graduate Certificate in Linguistics for Bible Translation
Course Number Description Credit Hours
31400 Introduction to Linguistics 3
31410 Introduction to Translation Theory 3
31420 Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics 3
33010 Communication in Oral Culture 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to articulate an understanding of language through a biblical worldview.
  • Learn to find and analyze patterns in language.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with key concepts, issues, and theories of translation.
  • Apply biblical translation principles and methods effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in Linguistics for Bible Translation will prepare students to serve in the field of Bible translation.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for the M.Div. and this Graduate Certificate. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application)

Linguistics for Bible Translation faculty include:

Alisha Biler

Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics

J. Keith McKinley

Associate Professor of Christian Missions

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

Access academic advising, writing assistance, language tutoring and more as a Southern Seminary online or on-campus student.

Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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