ACTS Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis

About Degree | Admission Requirements | Courses

The M.L.E. provides a thorough knowledge of techniques for applied linguistic and biblical exegesis for effective cross-cultural communications and ministry.

This program is designed for anyone involved in, or preparing for, cross-cultural ministry. It is especially beneficial for those who expect to study another language and culture and produce Christian literature in that language. Exegetical skills will be developed through the study of biblical languages and intensive interaction with the biblical text. Graduates will be prepared for effective cross-cultural communications and ministry with a focus on Bible translation or literacy. This degree program is offered by ACTS Seminaries in cooperation with the Canada Institute of Linguistics.


Students will be able to:
•             Exegete with reference to an original Biblical language.
•             Apply principles of hermeneutics in Bible study.
•             Articulate basic theological concepts.
•             Work collaboratively with speakers of minority languages.
•             Produce scientific descriptions of minority languages and cultures.
•             Produce literature and materials for literacy instruction, promote mother-tongue literacy as a community value, and/or translate the Bible into a receptor language.
•             Design plans and strategies for a range of objectives in a language development program.
•             Grow in love for God, love for others, and manifest the fruit of the Spirit.
•             Deepen their commitment to world evangelism.
•             Cope with spiritual conflict through their resources in Christ.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of the prescribed curriculum.
  • 49 hours of grad level credit of which a minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed at ACTS; at least 12 semester hours shall be in biblical studies/exegesis;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7;
  • In the event of the thesis option, the presentation of a satisfactory thesis showing adequate research, balance and literary style and conforming to the format prescribed by the faculty. The student will also successfully pass an oral examination based upon the thesis.

Vocational Outcomes:

Graduates have found placement in areas such as: Bible translation; religious education; missionary outreach; journalism; public relations; television; radio and films; publishing; church and community development; teaching; evangelism; research; and administration.

Doug Trick

Doug Trick, D. Min.
Master of Applied Linguistics
and Exegesis Program Chair

Doug took his Biblical Studies at Providence College (Manitoba), and Linguistics through the Texas SIL program (Univ of Texas at Arlington). He served 25 years in Bible Translation and related ministry in Asia and continues to be involved in a translation project there while teaching at CanIL. His passion is to see people and communities transformed as they respond to God's communication through Scripture and other forms.