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


The Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and Master of Liberal Arts degree program provides Christ-centered graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for children’s ministry leadership by integrating a strong foundation in Children’s Ministry in addition to a broad liberal arts degree.


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.

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


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media
MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life
THEO 5305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
MACH 6354 - Research: Faith Formation in Childhood (S-L)++
MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
Select three of the following:
MACH 5312 - Ministry with Children
MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry
MACH 6350 - Ministry in Church Weekday Education Ministries
MACH 6351 - Children and the Christian Faith +
MACH 6352 - Advanced Childhood Ministry (S-L)+
MACH 6353 - Ministry to Families

MASTER OF LIBERAL ARTS REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MALA 5302 - Servant Leadership and Worldviews (S-L)  
Select nine graduate-level courses with approval of MLA Program Director.


30 hours

MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum

30 hours

Master of Liberal Arts Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

Refer to course descriptions in the back of this catalog for course requisites.

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

+ Requisite: MACH 5312, MACH 6311

++Requisites: MACH 5312, MACH 6311, MACH 6351, MAFM 6353


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