Master of Arts in Christian Counseling/Master of Arts in Family Ministry
DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Master of Arts in Family 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 family ministry leadership by integrating a theological and counseling foundation with a strong foundation in Christian education.
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.
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
MA IN FAMILY MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)
Select three of the following:
MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry
MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages
Required Shared Curriculum
MA in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum
MA in Family 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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