Degrees & Programs

Dallas International University offers specialized programs at the undergraduate (freshman through senior) level, master’s level, and PhD level.  Although we are best known for our MA programs, DIU is proud to offer a BA degree through our College of International Studies and a PhD in World Arts through the Center for Excellence in World Arts. Full details about each program can be viewed online by clicking the title of the program or by referencing our current catalog.


BA with Major in International Service

The 121-122 credit hour BA degree program provides foundational preparation for multicultural or international service. Students are required to choose one of four minors and/or certificates: Abrahamic Studies, Linguistics, World Arts, or Cross-cultural Studies

BA with Major in Scripture and Culture

This 121-122 credit hour BA degree provides students with foundational training in Scripture’s cultural background, original languages, and interpretation, and prepares students to use that education in multicultural service in their home country or elsewhere. Students choose one of four minors: Cross-cultural Studies, Islamic Studies, Linguistics, or World Arts.

Certificate in Biblical Studies

The 12 credit hour, Certificate in Biblical Studies provides foundational knowledge of the Bible’s message, cultural backgrounds, and interpretation for individuals in any vocation.

Certificate in Applied Linguistics

The Certificate in Applied Linguistics is a 25 credit hour program that gives students a strong foundation in language learning and linguistic analysis. Many graduate students begin their studies at Dallas International with the certificate program before starting the MA degree.

Certificate in Sign Language Linguistics

The 18 credit hour Certificate in Sign Language Linguistics provides a solid foundation for careers involving sign languages, especially those in other countries, by providing the skills needed to learn and analyze any sign language and provide technical support to deaf communities.

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.

Cooperative programs with Colleges & Universities

Several schools partner with DIU to offer specialized programs to their students, such as a minor in linguistics.  While programs vary from school to school, most require at least one semester of courses at DIU. Partner Colleges & Universities: Colorado Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, and New Saint Andrews College.


MA with Major in Abrahamic Studies

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

MA with Major in Applied Linguistics

The MA with a major in Applied Linguistics is one of the leading programs for minority language Bible translation. Our graduates are prepared to tackle many of the linguistic challenges that face translators and language workers around the world. Concentrations: Bible Translation, Bible Translation & Abrahamic Studies, Bible Translation & Arts, Bible Translation & Descriptive Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics

MA with Major in Human Migration

The MA with a major in Human Migration prepares students to serve diaspora communities – refugees, migrants, and immigrants. Students will learn how to relate deeply to refugees and migrants through understanding their cultural, language, and religious contexts. The courses provide practical tools addressing multilingual education, trauma, economic issues, Scripture engagement, and cultural adaptation as well as a thorough understanding of the causes and effects of human migration.

MA with Major in Language & Culture Studies

The MA with a major in Language & Culture Studies provides students with the skills needed to fill specialist multicultural roles.  Graduates are prepared to facilitate and implement programs for mother-tongue literacy, multilingual education, sociolinguistic research, Scripture engagement, and other community development activities.

MA with a Major in Translation Advising

The MA with a major in Translation Advising prepares students to contribute to the advancement of Bible translation as project facilitators. This program provides instruction in biblical languages and culture, and guides the student through the topics of translation, linguistics, and multicultural issues at both a theoretical and practical level.

MA with Major in World Arts

The MA with a major in World Arts prepares students to work alongside multicultural singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching their arts and helping them to engage with local arts in ways that respond to the needs of their communities. Concentrations: Applied Arts, Arts & Islam, Arts & Scripture Engagement, Linguistics

PhD in World Arts

The PhD in World Arts prepares students to be teachers and researchers in the field of World Arts as they support the local arts of communities around the world and provide leadership in training, mentoring, and consulting for World Arts in communities, organizations, and schools.

Graduate Certificate in Translation Consulting

The Graduate Certificate in Translation Consulting is a fully online, mentor-led program designed for translation consultants-in-training (CiTs) to acquire the knowledge and skills needed by translation consultants.

Graduate Certificate in Scripture Engagement

The Certificate in Scripture Engagement provides expertise in a particular domain of Scripture Engagement service as well as broad competency in Scripture Engagement. It prepares people to comprehensively understand Scripture Engagement and address the issues that influence the acceptance and use of translated Scriptures.

Graduate Certificate in Tropical Agriculture Development

This one-year (13 credit hour) certificate prepares students to begin a multicultural career in the field of International Agriculture Development with primary focus on smallholder farmers.

Graduate Certificate in World Arts

The Graduate Certificate in World Arts (CWA) is designed for students who are interested in becoming arts specialists but don’t need a full MA.

Seminary Dual Degree & Cooperative Programs

Several Seminaries offer special programs in partnership with Dallas International.  Programs vary by institution but most include at least one year of coursework at Dallas International. Partner Seminaries:  Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary