The Master of Arts in Linguistics and Translation trains you in the techniques of applied linguistics and interpretation of biblical texts for effective cross-cultural communication and ministry. This unique degree is offered through ACTS Seminaries in partnership with the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL), located right next-door on campus. ACTS provides the exegetical training in biblical interpretation and theology, and CanIL offers the linguistics courses.
Be prepared to produce scientific descriptions of languages and cultures, literature and materials for literacy instruction, and translations of the Bible in the more than 1500 languages that still do not have access to Scripture. Learn from faculty who have extensive field experience in applied linguistics, computer applications, literacy, community development and Bible translation in languages around the world.
Financial aid is available through both ACTS and CanIL. There are many mentoring opportunities available for students to train in a variety of linguistic and cultural contexts through teaching assistant positions and research opportunities.
*The Master of Arts in Linguistics and Translation contains 53 credit hours and can be done in two years of full time study, or over a longer period of part-time study.
Research and Writing
RES 502 - Research Strategies
BIB 505 - Biblical Interpretation
BIB 520/540 - OT Foundations or NT Foundations
BOT/BNT - Biblical Studies Elective
Two courses in one language:
BOT 501/BNT 501 - Elementary Hebrew I or Intro NT Greek I
BOT 502/BNT 502 - Elementary Hebrew II or Intro NT Greek II
THS 571 - Theology I
LIN 560 - Morphosyntax II
LIN 570 - Language & Culture Acquisition
LIN 580 - Field Methods: Data Management & Analysis
LIN 585 - Principles of Translation
LIN 593 - Semantics & Pragmatics
4 Electives in Linguistics, Bible, Cross-Cultural Ministry or Theology
2 Electives in Linguistics, Bible, Cross-Cultural Ministry or Theology
LIN 696 - MALT Comprehensive Exam
Non-Thesis Track - Internship
LIN 540 - MALT Internship
LIN 830 - Thesis Seminar
LIN 831/832 - MALT Thesis I/II
Linguistics will allow you to produce scientific descriptions of languages and cultures, literature and materials for literacy instruction and translations of the Bible for effective cross-cultural communication and ministry.
ACTS Seminaries welcomes applicants who confess faith in Jesus, are members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community. A bachelor degree from an accredited university or college is the standard academic prerequisite. Other admission requirements are listed on our Apply page.
Step 1 - choose your degree program
Step 2 - fill out the online application form
Step 3 - submit your references and transcripts
The seminaries that constitute the Associated Canadian Theological Schools admit qualified women and men of any race, nationality or ethnic origin. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. ACTS may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, provided they can demonstrate the ability to succeed at the graduate level.