Be equipped to bring the Word of God to people in their own languages.

I really like the Biblical Languages aspect to this linguistics degree. It serves as a great foundation for Bible translation work, but I am also well-prepared to assist with any translation or linguistic-type projects.

Tana Mobley ('11)

Learn how to bring the Word of God to people in their own languages.

The purpose of the M.A. in Linguistics and Ancient Languages is to meet the needs of agencies involved in Bible translation, such as SIL International, for Christians who are well-trained in biblical languages and exegetical knowledge. While the M.A. in Applied Linguistics provides broad perspectives on issues such as translation, literacy, orthography, and language planning, the M.A. in Linguistics and Ancient Languages has a more specific focus on linguistics, exegesis and biblical languages. Students who complete the M.A. in Linguistics and Ancient Languages program will be able to accurately analyze either Hebrew or Greek, understand the relevant historical and cultural background, exegete the Scriptures, and apply sound linguistic and biblical principles in the translation of the Scriptures.

Special SIL Scholarship

The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) at Biola program offers a special scholarship that reduces tuition by 70% to students who seriously consider working with SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators after graduation. Students can contact Dr. Rick Floyd, Director of SIL-at-Biola, for details after they are accepted into the M.A. in Linguistics and Biblical Languages or M.A. in Applied Linguistics program.

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Faculty Spotlight

Stephen J. Barber

  • Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Co-Director, Biola Summer Institute of Linguistics Program

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