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 ush BA degree program has a required major in International Service which is basic preparation for cross-cultural or international service. Students are required to choose one of four minors and/or certificates: Abrahamic StudiesLinguistics, World Arts, or Cross-cultural Studies

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.

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: Dallas Baptist University, Johnson University, Mid-Atlantic Christian  University, St. Louis Christian College


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.

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 & ArtsDescriptive Linguistics

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 cross-cultural 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 cross-culturally alongside 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 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.

Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Teamwork

This 12 credit certificate program provides training to help students tackle the cultural barriers that hinder teamwork in a multicultural setting.

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 Agricultural Development

This one-year (13 credit hour) certificate prepares students to begin a cross-cultural career in the field of International Agricultural 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