Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry/Master of Arts in Management


The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and Master of Arts in Management degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for children’s ministry leadership in a variety of settings including the church, non-profit organizations, and advocacy programs for children.


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 EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): 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.


MA in Children’s Ministry Requisites

  • 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.


(The courses listed below are requisites and may be satisfied through undergraduate credit.)

Courses listed in brackets are the undergraduate classes which may fulfill the foundational course requirements. These courses do not satisfy the 36-credit-hour requirement of the MA in Management program.

FINA 51.521 - Foundations of Finance [FINA 3301 Corporate Financial Managment]

MANA 51.521 - Management Theory [MANA 3301 Principles of Management]

MANA 51.522 - Business Legal Environment [MANA 3308 Business and Public Law]

MANA 51.523 - Critical Thinking, Research, and Writing

MANA 6303 - Research and Statistics [MANA 3305 Management Statistics may be used if already taken. Otherwise, MANA 6303 must be taken.] (General and HR Concentrations only)

MSITM 51.525 - Programming Fundamentals (or equivalent)

MRKT 51.521 - Marketing Concepts [MRKT 3301 Principles of Marketing]

MA IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MACH 5312 - Ministry with Children

MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry

MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families

MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media

MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life

MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
Select one of the following:
MACH 6350 - Ministry in Church Weekday Education Ministries
MACH 6352 - Advanced Childhood Ministry (S-L)+
Six (6) hours of the MA in Children's Ministry Curriculum serve as electives for the MA Management required curriculum.

MA IN MANAGEMENT REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics
MANA 6323 - Human Resource Strategy (S-L)*

MANA 6333 - Operations and Quality Management

MANA 6358 - Business Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

MANA 6360 - Managerial Strategy and Implementation (S-L)* (Capstone)
MANA 6370 - Innovative Leadership (S-L)

PROJ 6301 - Organizing the Project and Its Components
Select two courses from MA in Management concentrations with approval of Program Director or Academic Advisor.
Six (6) hours of the MA in Children's Ministry Curriculum serve as electives for the MA Management Required Curriculum.


30 hours

MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Management 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.


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