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M.A. in Linguistics and Ancient Languages

Mission Statement

The mission of the M.A. in Linguistics and Ancient Languages (MA LAL) is to provide advanced training in biblical languages and exegetical knowledge to Christians desiring to meet the needs of agencies involved in Bible translation, such as SIL International. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Linguistics and Biblical Languages, students will be able to:


Students will apply knowledge and skills as working applied linguists in Bible translation.


Students will collect, organize, and interpret language data in order to provide written documentation of their findings.


Students will assess their values, compare them with those of other languages and cultures, and demonstrate sensitivity to them


Students will exhibit a professional commitment to ethical and biblically informed practice in applied linguistics.


Students will demonstrate their ability to interact appropriately with translation partners and constituency according to standards of best practices in the field.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.