Seminary dual degree & cooperative programs


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Several leading seminaries partner with GIAL to offer their students specialized degrees. Students interested in these programs should apply for Graduate Admission at GIAL as well completing admissions requirements for their seminary. If previously enrolled at GIAL, you will need to change your admission status to “graduate”.

Students should consult their academic advisors at their seminary and GIAL before enrolling in classes for this program.

Calvary University

A cooperative program with Calvary University in Kansas City, MO, permits transfer of credits from GIAL to Calvary. Students wishing to take graduate classes as part of a master’s degree from Calvary should register for them through GIAL. The acceptance of GIAL courses is subject to Calvary’s academic regulations and the approval of the student’s academic unit. For further information, contact the Admissions office at Calvary 800-326-3960.

Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) in Dallas, TX, offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics (MA/BEL) and a Master of Theology (ThM) with an emphasis in Bible Translation. Both of these degrees include 18 graduate credit hours at GIAL.  Students wishing to take GIAL courses as part of a master’s degree from DTS should register for them through GIAL.

Courses to be taken at GIAL* Hours
AL5207 Field Data Management 2
AL5312 Discourse Analysis 3
AL5315 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
AL5406 Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis 4
One approved elective 3
Total GIAL hours 18

*See the prerequisites section below for information about GIAL undergraduate prerequisite requirements for enrollment in these graduate courses.

Many students choose to earn an MA with a major in Applied Linguistics from GIAL in addition to their DTS degree. This requires taking only 4 more graduate credit hours at GIAL (22 hours total) and passing GIAL’s comprehensive exam. Please consult your GIAL academic advisor if you are interested in this opportunity.

Students should apply for Graduate Admission at GIAL as well as DTS.  Your letter of acceptance and/or good standing from DTS will automatically waive GIAL’s GRE requirement.

Be sure to talk with the following academic advisors if you are interested in these DTS/GIAL cooperative programs:
Dr. Rick Calenberg is the DTS advisor for this program
Dr. Arden Sanders is the GIAL advisor for this program

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

A dual degree program is available through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, KY, and GIAL. Students will earn a Master of Arts with major in Applied Linguistics (Bible Translation concentration) from GIAL and a Master of Divinity in Missions and Bible Translation from SBTS.  Students will complete 95 graduate hours. This does not include any undergraduate or remedial prerequisites that may be required.

Summary Hours
GIAL undergraduate prerequisite hours* 15
SBTS graduate hours 73
GIAL graduate hours 22
Total graduate hours 95

Students will transfer up to 15 graduate credit hours from SBTS and pass GIAL’s comprehensive exam to fulfill the requirements for GIAL’s MA with a major in Applied Linguistics.  The following graduate courses are required to for the GIAL degree:

Courses to be taken at GIAL* Hours
AA5151 Cross-Cultural Teaching Seminar 1
AL5207 Field Data Management 2
AL5312 Discourse Analysis 3
AL5315 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
AL5316 Theory and Practice of Translation 3
AL5406 Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis 4
Courses that may be taken at GIAL or SBTS:
At least 6 hours from GIAL and up to 15 hours from SBTS
AL5321 New Testament Greek for Translators 1 OR
AL5326 Biblical Hebrew for Translators 1
3
AL5322 New Testament Greek for Translators 2 OR
AL5327 Biblical Hebrew for Translators 2
3
AL5324 Principles of New Testament Exegesis OR
AL5325 Principles of Old Testament Exegesis
3
4 Electives (12 hours) 12
Total hours for GIAL MA with a major in Applied Linguistics 37

*See the prerequisites section below for information about GIAL undergraduate prerequisite requirements for enrollment in these graduate courses.

Students wishing to take GIAL courses as part of this dual degree program should register for them through GIAL.  For advising from SBTS, please direct inquiries to (502) 897-4680 or academicadvising@sbts.edu. The GIAL academic advisor for students enrolled in the SBTS/GIAL dual-degree program is Dr. Michael Boutin.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

GIAL offers an MA with a major in Applied Linguistics and a concentration in Cross-cultural Service in partnership with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, TX. SWBTS students can transfer 18 graduate credit hours from SWBTS toward this degree concentration.  Students should take the remaining 19 graduate credit hours at GIAL and pass GIAL’s comprehensive exam to complete their degree.

Summary Hours
GIAL undergraduate prerequisite hours 15
SWBTS graduate hours 18
GIAL graduate hours 19
Total graduate hours for GIAL MA with a major in Applied Linguistics 37

Please view the Cross-cultural Service concentration on our MA with major in Applied Linguistics page for more information about GIAL course requirements.  Students should register for GIAL courses through GIAL.  For a pre-approved list of courses to transfer from SWBTS please consult your GIAL academic advisor. Dr. Michael Boutin is the current academic advisor for students in this program.

Prerequisites


Prior to admission to the MA with a major in Applied Linguistics program, students are required to take or have taken elsewhere the following undergraduate courses.

Prerequisite Courses: Hours
AA4505 Second Language and Culture Acquisition  5
AL4302 Principles of Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics  3
AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis  3
AL4410a Principles of Grammatical Analysis (a)
AL4410b Principles of Grammatical Analysis (b)
 4
Total Hours 15

All of the above courses can be taken in one term at GIAL. Students wanting to take graduate level linguistics courses without being admitted to an MA program should check the prerequisite courses needed for each course they intend to take at GIAL.