Abraham Center Degrees & Programs

MA with Major in Abrahamic Studies

The MA with a major in Abrahamic Studies prepares students to serve cross-culturally in and with the Abrahamic communities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies

This 15 credit certificate program prepares students to comprehend 21st century Islamic thought and practices by providing a basic understanding of Islamic cultures, history, and religion.

Programs offered in Partnership with other Departments

Accelerated BA/MA in Abrahamic Studies (BA-IS / MA-AS)

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Service and minor in Abrahamic Studies, plus a Master of Arts degree with a major in Abrahamic Studies, can both be earned in five years of study. The Accelerated BA/MA is a 151-credit program which includes 9 credits that are counted both at the undergrad level and then again at the graduate level (dual-credit). When the student begins the MA portion of this degree program, they have only 21 credit hours of study remaining.

Concentration in Islamic Worldviews (in the MA with a major in Language & Culture Studies)

The MA with a major in Language & Culture Studies prepares students to work as specialists in their field across language and culture boundaries.  With the concentration in Islamic Worldviews, our graduates focus on Islamic cultures and their social, political, and religious worldview.  This degree is offered in partnership with Dallas International’s Applied Anthropology department.

Concentration in Bible Translation & Abrahamic Studies (in the MA with a major in Applied Linguistics)

The MA with a major in Applied Linguistics (AL) prepares students for linguistic research, cross-cultural service or Bible translation. Students are exposed to hundreds of different languages as they learn to analyze and understand how languages work. Our graduates have the tools to serve as specialists in their field, many working among minority language communities. The dual concentration in Bible Translation and Abrahamic Studies was developed in response to a need expressed by translators returning from the field. They indicated that linguistics training by itself is insufficient preparation for translation work in Abrahamic communities. Adding a second concentration in Abrahamic Studies provides an understanding of Abrahamic cultures, worldviews, sources of authority, relationships with other Abrahamic faith communities, and dynamics of communication in order to develop more appropriate translation approaches.

Concentration in Arts & Islam (in the MA with a major in World Arts)

The Abraham Center teams up with the Center for Excellence in World arts to provide a World Arts major with a concentration in Arts & Islam.  This degree program combines these topics for students interested in both Islamic studies and World Arts.

Minor in Abrahamic Studies (in the BA with a major in International Service)

Undergraduate students interested in Abrahamic communities can complete a minor in Abrahamic Studies as part of the BA with a major in International Service.