Master of Arts in Christian Counseling/Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
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
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)
Required Shared Curriculum
MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media
MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life
MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
MA IN CHRISTIAN COUNSELING REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)
COUN 5312 - Counseling Theories and Techniques
Recommended Courses: (Elective - 3 hours)
COUN 5313 - Group Counseling Methods
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)
MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry
THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation
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
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
Required Shared Curriculum
MA in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum
MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum
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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