Program Requirements

The M.A. in Linguistics and Biblical Languages program consists of 40 credits of work beyond the foundational credits. Students entering the program without the stated foundational credits will be required to take up to 15 credits in addition to the regular program. A comprehensive exam is required. (Students, in consultation with their advisor, may apply to write a thesis in lieu of taking comprehensive exams — details are available in the MA AL and LBL Graduate Handbook.

Two concentrations are possible, in either Hebrew or Greek.


Admission Requirements

Nine credits of foundational Bible courses are required, preferably New Testament Survey, Old Testament Survey, and Hermeneutics. Six credits of foundational linguistics are required, an introduction to language and linguistics and an introduction to articulatory phonetics.

Applicants for the M.A. in Linguistics and Biblical Languages program must meet the qualifications specified in the Admission to the School of Intercultural Studies section, including a profession of Christian faith. In addition to these, foreign applicants who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate both spoken and written proficiency in English through an oral interview and by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past five years. A TOEFL score of 600 PBT/250 CBT/100 iBT with a TWE score of 5.5 is normally required for admission to the graduate programs in the department. Non-native speakers are also expected to demonstrate oral English proficiency by means of an interview with a faculty member.

All new graduate students, both native and non-native English speakers, are required to take the department’s Writing Proficiency Exam. If the results of the exam indicate that additional work in written grammar and composition is needed to enable a student to perform at the level expected for this field, he or she will be expected to do independent supplementary work on writing or to take and pass one or more writing courses available on campus.

Students who have all foundational requirements met and who want to study full-time are encouraged to enter the program in the fall.

The deadline for application is July 1.


Graduation Requirements

Students in the M.A. in Linguistics and Biblical Languages program must successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify for graduation. No AL course with a grade less than a B (3.0) will be counted for the M.A.

The M.A. in Linguistics and Biblical Languages can be completed within two years by full-time students who do not have foundational requirements to meet, but part-time students may have up to seven years.

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