Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries (MACM)

The program leading to the MA in Cross-cultural Ministries degree is designed to provide graduate-level training for people whose ministries include serving in other cultures. Prospective and veteran missionaries from North America and around the world will benefit from this program. It meets the essential academic requirements of most missions agencies and is ideal for those whose anticipated ministries will not include regular preaching.


Bible Exposition 22
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 Old Testament History II and Poetry 2
BE104 Old Testament Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts and Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation 3
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3
Missions & Intercultural Studies 16
INT140 Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries Internship 2
PM102 Evangelism 2
WM101 Introduction to World Missions 3
WM205 Cultural Dynamics in Ministry 3
WM210 Intercultural Communication 3
WM215 Dynamics of Missionary Development 3
Electives & Spiritual Formation 8
PM101 Spiritual Life 2
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters) 0
Electives 6
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*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.


In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, located on the MA Overview page, students in this program will be able to:

  • verbalize principles of effective intercultural ministry;
  • demonstrate familiarity with essential principles of anthropology, ethnology, sociology, and psychology in relation to missions;
  • evidence a deep commitment to world evangelism;
  • communicate the Bible effectively in an intercultural context;
  • produce an accurate profile of the chosen country or area of the world; and
  • design an effective strategy for an intercultural ministry.

Course Requirements

Sixty-two semester hours of course work are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, and 4 in Spiritual Life and Evangelism. There are 12 hours of prescribed World Missions and Intercultural Studies courses and a 2-hour MACM Ministry Formation Internship. The remaining 6 hours are missions electives. Department professors will assist students in designing the most appropriate program of missions electives for the student’s personal career goals.

Students are required to do a cross-cultural internship as part of their missions electives as a part of completing the program. The acceptability of this experience is determined by the Department of Educational Ministries and Leadership. Those interested in the TESOL certi cate must take TESOL courses in addition to missions electives. This will require an additional 10 or 11 hours of coursework.

No thesis is required for the MACM degree.

Students in the MA in Cross-cultural Ministry (MACM) program are required to take MinistrySafe's Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. 

Spiritual Formation

Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MACM students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups each of their first four consecutive fall and spring semesters at either the Dallas campus or Houston Campus. (MACM students who are not planning to be in residence in Dallas or Houston for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Department and apply for an alternative program for completing their Spiritual Formation requirement.)

In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry. Because students participate in the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. Internship prerequisites include successful completion of SF100-1, WM205, and completion of half of their DTS course work.


TESOL is an acronym for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and is used to describe the teaching of English as a second language (ESL) or foreign language (EFL). The Dallas Theological Seminary TESOL Certificate prepares students for teaching ESL in the United States and EFL overseas. The TESOL Certificate can be used for teaching English in educational and business settings, but it does not qualify students to teach in the U.S. public school system.

The TESOL Certificate at Dallas Theological Seminary provides a course of study for:

  • Christian workers who desire a short program of graduate studies to equip them for teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Missionary candidates who anticipate serving in countries where TESOL skills can provide a platform for entry, access and ministry
  • Dallas Theological Seminary students and spouses who anticipate using TESOL skills as a platform for intercultural ministry in the United States


Educational Goals

  • To equip students academically and professionally for teaching English as a second language outside the U.S. public school system.

Spiritual Goals

  • To enable students to evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in fulfilling God’s commands to “love thy neighbor as thyself” and to “go into all the world and preach the good news.”

Ministry Goals

  • To enable students to evidence an interest and involvement in English instruction as a platform for intercultural ministry.
  • To enable students to instruct people from different cultures and appreciate and love them regardless of differences.
  • To equip students with training that facilitates access to peoples and regions that are closed to the Gospel but open to the English language.

Admission Requirements

The TESOL Certificate is open to all students enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, including nondegree and CBTS students.

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following World Missions (WM) courses and Spiritual Formation and Leadership (SL) courses to be eligible for the TESOL certificate:

  • WM605 General Linguistics – 3 hours
  • WM610 Introduction to TESOL – 3 hours
  • WM615 Methodology and Practice of TESOL – 3 hours
  • SL205 TESOL Internship – 1 hour
  • WM210 Intercultural Communication – 3 hours
  • Recommended but not required: WM205 Cultural Dynamics in Ministry – 3 hours; or WM325 Ministry in Multicultural America – 2 hours

Some TESOL courses may count toward other degree program requirements. For example, WM210 is required for the MA/CM and ThM Intercultural Ministry emphasis. For more information, consult the Registrar’s Office or Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies.

Transfer Credits

Students must have earned a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at Dallas Theological Seminary and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s Office for information on eligibility for transfer credit.


Who teaches TESOL courses at Dallas Theological Seminary?
Dallas Theological Seminary TESOL courses currently are taught by Inna Chats, Adjunct Professor in World Missions and Intercultural Studies.
What types of jobs are available to people with TESOL certification?
Job opportunities include teaching ESL in the United States at private schools, language schools, community colleges, and intensive English programs associated with universities. Overseas opportunities include teaching EFL at schools, universities, non-governmental agencies, and businesses that need to train local employees.
How useful is a TESOL certificate for ministry in the U.S. and worldwide?

The United States is home to international students, business people, refugees and immigrants who are eager to learn English. ESL classes are offered to these groups and others in churches, schools, colleges, social service agencies and civic centers around the country. Most universities have intensive programs that help international students improve their English proficiency in order to be accepted to undergraduate and graduate programs.

ESL is also in great demand overseas. Knowing and speaking English is seen as critical to success in international business, education and politics. English learners value the instruction that certified English teachers can provide, especially if those teachers are native English speakers. With a TESOL Certificate, English-speaking professionals in specialty fields (e.g. science, technology, medicine) also have a unique opportunity to teach technical English.

What are the benefits of teaching English to speakers of other languages?
The real reward of teaching ESL is the role it can play in fulfilling God’s commands to “love thy neighbor as thyself” and “go into all the world and preach the good news.” Through ESL, you can interact with people from different cultures and learn to appreciate and love them regardless of differences. English-teaching opportunities are available locally and globally, and TESOL certification can give you access to countries that are closed to the gospel but open to the English language.
Do I need to speak multiple languages in order to teach speakers of different languages?
No. Typically, your ESL students will speak a variety of languages. It would be a rare ESL teacher who could speak all these languages even partially. Although it is helpful to speak the languages of your students, it is not necessary.

Degree Plan*

First Year

Fall Semester

BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
WM101Introduction to World Missions3
WM205Cultural Dynamics in Ministry3
SF100-1Spiritual Formation1 

Spring Semester

BE102Old Testament History I3
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
WM210Intercultural Communication3
Missions Elective(s)22
SF100-2Spiritual Formation1 

Second Year

Fall Semester

BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
INT140Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries Internship32
SF100-3Spiritual Formation1 

Spring Semester

BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
WM215Dynamics of Missionary Development3
Missions Elective(s)24
SF100-4Spiritual Formation1 
  1. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters) to complete the SF100 Spiritual Formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
  2. Missions electives should include a Contexts course (2 hours), a Strategic Approaches course (2 or 3 hours), and a Biblical and Theological Studies course (2 or 3 hours). Students electing the 3-hour courses may be adding hours to the normal requirements for the M.A./CM degree. Students not needing the extra hours may reduce expenses by taking WM405, WM410, or WM505 for 2 hours of credit and 1 hour of audit. Contact the Registrar’s office for details.
  3. Students have two consecutive semesters to complete the Internship. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
    TESOL students should consult the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership before planning and registering for SL140 to determine if one hour of SL140 can substitute for the SL205 TESOL Internship.

*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.

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