Master of Arts in Christian Counseling/Master of Arts in Christian Ministry


The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for the practical ministry of Christian counseling in the local church, denominational agency, and faith-based agency, and general ministry-related services in the 21st century. The MA in Christian Counseling degree offers a theological and counseling foundation enabling the student to incorporate biblical principles into a counseling ministry, while the MA in Christian Ministry degree focuses on the broad, interdisciplinary and practical nature of ministry preparation.


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

  • General Psychology                    

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 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
Electives - Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


COUN 5312 - Counseling Theories and Techniques

COUN 5314 - Lifespan Human Development
MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages

MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling
MACC 6302 - Abnormal Psychology
MACC 6303 - Christian Counseling Skills

Recommended Courses: (Elective - 3 hours)

COUN 5313 - Group Counseling Methods
COUN 6311 - Addictive and Compulsive Disorders
COUN 6314 - Marriage and Family Counseling
COUN 6320 - Counseling Victims of Trauma
COUN 6324 - A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality
MACM 6303 - Conflict Resolution in Ministry
MACM 6304 - Victim Assistance Ministry Training

MAEML 5310 - Small Group Ministry Design and Practice

a course from one of the following disciplines:

MA IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry
THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation
And select 9 hours of electives listed below from the MACM degree plan with approval of Academic Advisor.

Christian Ministry Courses

MACM 6303 - Conflict Resolution in Ministry

MACM 6307 - Christian Ministry Travel Study

MACM 6309 - Pastoral Care

Children's Ministry Courses

MACH 5312 - Ministry with Children

MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry

MACH 6351 - Children and the Christian Faith

Christian Counseling Courses

MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling

MACC 6302 - Abnormal Psychology

MACC 6303 - Christian Counseling Skills

Education Ministry Leadership Courses

MAEML 6301 - Christian Education in the Local Church

MAEML 6304 - Principles for Bible Teaching

MAEML 6307 - Business for Legal Administration for Ministry

Family Ministry Courses

COUN 6314 - Marriage and Family Counseling

MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages

MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families

Global Leadership Courses

MAGL 5330 - Introduction to Missiology

MAGL 5331 - Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry

MAGL 5341 - Global Christianity

MAIS 5303 - Christian Perspectives on Global Religion and Worldviews (S-L)

Theological Studies Courses

THEO 5310 - The Gospels

THEO 5321 - The Early Life and Letters of Paul

THEO 5322 - The Later Life and Letters of Paul

THEO 6322 - Old Testament Readings: Pentateuch

THEO 6360 - Biblical Preaching

Worship Studies Courses

WORS 5307 - The History of Worship Song

WORS 5309 - Worship Life: Education and Administration

WORS 6316 - Worship Theology for Contemporary Ministry

WORS 6326 - Worship Praxis II: Worship Media: Technology and Production

WORS 6329 - Worship Praxis V: Worship Leader Travel Study


24 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

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

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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