The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.
The program leading to the Master of Arts (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) degree is designed to provide graduate-level training for men and women who desire instruction in the tools for effective Bible translation. It is designed for those who desire to pursue advanced study in linguistics and for those who desire to serve in Bible translation ministries, including missionary recruits from America and other nations, furloughing and in-service missionaries, and translation support personnel. It is offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), which prepares people with the linguistics skills necessary for good Bible translation. It also prepares people for service with Wycliffe Bible Translators and other organizations. (The program only fulfills the minimum requirements for the first term of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators.)
The World Missions and Intercultural Studies department is responsible for administering the program on the DTS campus.
Please note: due to the unique educational needs of the MABEL degree, its curriculum does not have the complete Bible and theology core present in other MA programs at DTS.
Courses are offered jointly with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL)
Fulfills requirements for the first term of service with Wycliffe Bible Translators
*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.
Students in the MABEL program will be able to::
The application process for the MABEL is a dual process. Applicants for the program must apply to both Dallas Seminary and the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), and the admission requirements of both institutions must be met. In most cases students admitted to DTS will meet the admission requirements at GIAL. However, prospective MA/BEL students should be aware that the requirements for linguistic courses at GIAL vary and will include a minimum of 15 prerequisite credit hours.
Until they apply to DTS for admission to the program, students will not be officially enrolled in the MABEL program. Students are advised to contact both institutions as soon as possible regarding their intentions to enroll in the MABEL program so that adequate advice and direction can be provided.
Because the majority of students enrolled in the MABEL are either already involved in or anticipate being involved in Bible translation ministries cross-culturally, applicants to the MABEL are required to have a basic understanding of world missions normally attained through the completion of an introductory or foundations course in world missions such as the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course (see www.perspectives.org) or other approved means of meeting this entrance requirement. Students without this prerequisite may be required to take, in addition to their MABEL requirements, WM101 Introduction to World Missions. Contact the Admissions office for more information.
In addition to the normal transfer credit policies
of the seminary for general master’s degrees (see Transfer of Credit in the General Master’s Degrees section of this catalog), no more than 30 hours of coursework from institutions outside of DTS and the GIAL will be transferred toward the MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) degree. Some provision will be made for students to transfer work from Jerusalem University College to the MABEL program. Entering students with missions experience in Bible translation may be eligible for advanced standing.
In addition to the normal transfer credit policies of the seminary for general master’s degrees (see Transfer of Credit in the General Master’s Degrees section of this catalog), no more than 30 hours of coursework from institutions outside of DTS and the GIAL will be transferred toward the MA (Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics) degree. Some provision will be made for students to transfer work from Jerusalem University College to the MABEL program. Entering students with missions experience in Bible translation may be eligible for advanced standing.
A dual registration process is followed for all GIAL courses taken for the degree. Students must register through GIAL before taking linguistics courses at that campus. DTS is then notified by GIAL and enters the courses in the DTS registration system. This allows the tracking of student status for such purposes as loan deferments, international visa requirements, etc. There is no charge for the DTS portion of the registration process for GIAL courses.
At the end of each term GIAL sends official grade sheets to the Registrar’s of ce at Dallas Theological Seminary for transcripting of their courses. Grades earned for GIAL courses are factored into the cumulative grade point average at DTS.
Students who complete the 62-hours required for the DTS MABEL degree may complete an additional 4 hours from GIAL to earn the 37-hour MA in Applied Linguistics at GIAL. In addition to the 18 hours taken at GIAL as part of the MABEL program, students may transfer 15 hours from the MABEL program to GIAL and take an additional 4 hours at GIAL, plus comprehensive exams, to meet the 37-hour requirement for an MA in Applied Linguists. This essentially allows students to earn both degrees for a minimum of 66 hours plus comprehensive exams. Consult your GIAL advisor for details.
Sixty-two semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 18 are prescribed in linguistics eld preparation, 12 in Greek grammar and exegesis, 12 in Hebrew grammar and exegesis, 3 in biblical manners and customs, 3 in world missions, 9 in Bible exposition, and 5 in systematic and historical theology, as well as successful completion of either the two-semester SF245 or the four-semester SF100 requirement. The World Missions and Intercultural Studies department advises students in this program. Career guidance is also available from the GIAL staff.
Substitutions may be made for required courses with appropriate departmental approval. Students who have linguistics background or training should consult the GIAL registrar for course advice.
Linguistics and related translation courses are offered on the campus of GIAL in Dallas. Biblical and theological coursework, as well as course work in biblical languages, is offered at DTS. A Spiritual Formation group supervised by the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies is designed to meet the needs of this group of students.
Completion of course requirements for the MABEL requires careful planning on the part of students as they seek to coordinate coursework at two institutions. Therefore students are strongly encouraged to plan their studies so that they take courses at only one institution at a time.
Students will split their time between DTS and GIAL. Due to the difference in academic calendars of DTS and GIAL, it is extremely difficult for students to take courses at both institutions concurrently. GIAL has designed its courses to be taught in six-month bimesters, from either January through June or July through December. Each bimester is divided into four sessions. DTS follows a regular early- semester calendar. This results in the overlap of DTS courses with GIAL courses in a given term.
Every attempt is made to facilitate the completion of the program in no more than three calendar years for full-time students. Students may shorten this time by taking advantage of winter and summer offerings at DTS. However, students should be aware that the linguistics courses from GIAL require prerequisites that may extend the length of the program. Also students who choose to pursue the MA in Applied Linguistics from GIAL in addition to the MABEL may need additional time to complete the program.
Before students begin their studies in the MABEL, they should consult the DTS Advising Center to develop a degree plan for completing requirements. This plan will include input from GIAL on the completion of linguistics requirements.
Students should consult both the DTS and GIAL Registrars’ of ces for information on scheduling options. The Admissions office at DTS also will be able to assist students.
This plan minimizes potential problems with financial aid and housing between the two programs. Students not following this plan may experience unforeseen problems and delays in degree completion. Students are strongly advised to complete all GIAL graduate courses before beginning DTS coursework.
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