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Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry/Master of Arts in Global Leadership


The Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and Master of Arts in Global Leadership dual degree program equips students to become global servant leaders who help children and their parents in international, cross-cultural, and multiethnic settings. Christian educators who work with children must understand the needs of children, explore the principles of the best strategies in teaching children, and implement methods that impact not only the child but the family. Global Leadership consists of connecting with people in other cultures and societies around the globe and finding ways to exert a positive influence in their lives. Learning the intercultural skills and understanding multiethnic dynamics are crucial skills for leadership in today’s increasingly multicultural and multiethnic environments.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Master’s Ministry Degrees, Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs, EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, and PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

Graduate School of Ministry Portfolio

Dallas Baptist University’s Ministry Degree Programs seek to provide an academic experience that enables all candidates to engage and impact Christian Ministries of the 21st century. The Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents that represent the candidate’s preparation for future ministry positions, demonstrating the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, and ministry experiences.   

The Graduate School of Ministry provides candidates the opportunity for self-reflection through the compilation of documents in an electronic Portfolio. Documents in the Portfolio may include Signature Assignments, Resume, and Philosophy of Ministry among others.  

Throughout the program, the candidate will collect designated documents and upload them to the Portfolio within Blackboard. The Portfolio will be used to assess development as the candidate proceeds through their designated ministry program.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to meet with their GSOM Program Director to discuss the Portfolio required documents prior to graduation.


  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey

Requisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 24 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media
MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life
MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 5305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

Electives - Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.

MA IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MACH 5312 - Ministry with Children
MACH 6351 - Children and the Christian Faith+
Select a MA in Children's Ministry 12-hour concentration and complete the required courses. (Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan.)

MA IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAGL 5330 - Introduction to Missiology
MAGL 5333 - Local Church on Mission
Select a MA in Global Leadership 12-hour concentration and complete the required courses.* (Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan)


24 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Global Leadership Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

+Requisite: MACH 5312, MACH 6311

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.