Masters of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation

Program Snapshot

88 Credit Hours 30 Classes
3 Years to Complete
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Next Start Date August 5

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

The Master of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation is designed to produce graduates qualified to serve in specialized cross-cultural roles in Bible translation including: ethnology or descriptive linguistics or in general cross-cultural service.

Note: This track is closed to new applicants.

Be trained to make disciples of all nations.

Overview

Students pursuing this degree will complete courses through Southern Seminary (69 credit hours) and Dallas International University (19 credit hours).

The plan of study should be planned carefully in consultation with advisors from the Billy Graham School and Dallas International University. Please consult the Department Chair of Evangelism and Missions for the most current requirements. Students need to apply and be accepted by DIU and SBTS through each school’s own admissions process

IMPORTANT: Dallas International University requires 15 pre-requisite 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 69 hours from SBTS, but MUST be completed prior to enrolling in graduate courses at DIU.

Southern Seminary students who complete the 19 DIU graduate hours for the MDiv 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.

Southern Seminary Courses

Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Number Description Credit Hours
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis: Ruth or 3
22440 Introduction to Greek Exegesis: 1 John
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 Mission1 3
27060 Systematic Theology I: Theological Prolegomena, and the Nature and Works of God 3
27070 Systematic Theology II: Christ, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit 3
27080 Systematic Theology III: Baptist Theology of Scripture and the Church, and Eschatology 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
Total 42
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry
Course Number Description Credit Hours
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching or 3
45400 Christian Teaching2
30020 Preaching Practicum2 or 3
40200 Introduction to Biblical Worship
32100 Personal Evangelism & Devotion 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
34300 Biblical Counseling & Personal Ministry of the Word 3
40080 Christian Leadership 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry2 or 3
45260 Discipleship Ministry
Total 27
  1. This course may be substituted with permission from the Billy Graham School and the Center for Student Success.
  2. 30000, 30020, and 40301 are reserved for men.

Dallas International University Courses

  • AL5406 Field Methods & Linguistic Analysis (4 hours)
  • AL5207 Field Data Management (2)
  • AA5151 Cross-cultural Teaching Seminar (1)
  • AL5312 Discourse Analysis (3)
  • AL5305 Foundations of Translation (3)
  • AL5315 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
  • AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation (3)

Program Totals:

DIU Graduate Hours: 19

Southern Seminary Graduate Hours 69

Total Masters of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation Requirements: 88 hours

+ 15 DIU undergraduate prerequisite hours

+3 Beginning Greek (if required)

+3 Beginning Hebrew (if required)

Frequently Asked questions

Young man sitting by a river in the Middle East

The M.Div. in Missions and Bible Translation will prepare students to serve in specialized cross-cultural roles in Bible translation including: ethnology or descriptive linguistics or in general cross-cultural service.

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 this concentration. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Applicants to this concentration who do not have previous academic work in biblical Greek or Hebrew may begin the M.Div. program but will be required to take Beginning Greek and Beginning Hebrew as part of their degree plan.

Note that taking 20400 and 22400 will bring a student’s total credit hours in this program to 94.

Dallas International University requires 15 pre-requisite 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 69 hours from SBTS, but MUST be completed prior to enrolling in DIU graduate courses.

Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary. See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

Students should consult with DIU to learn more about admissions and cost for courses at www.diu.edu.

Missions and Bible Translation faculty includes:

George H. Martin

Professor of Christian Missions and World Religions

Paul M. Akin

Provost

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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Phone: (502) 897-4200

Text: (502) 305-3554

Email: admissions@sbts.edu

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