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 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.
Professors and students share how cross-cultural evangelism is central to the DTS experience.
*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:
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.
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:
The TESOL Certificate is open to all students enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, including nondegree and CBTS students.
Students must complete the following World Missions (WM) courses and Spiritual Formation and Leadership (SL) courses to be eligible for the TESOL certificate:
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.
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.
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.
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