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Master of Arts in Christian Ministry/Master of Arts in Global Leadership


The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Global Leadership dual degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate-level education that will prepare servant leaders for the theological, global, and practical aspects of mission and ministry service for the 21st century.


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.

Program 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.

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 5305 - Christian History and Heritage

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

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

Select any three courses from the Graduate School of Ministry 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

MACC 6304 - Contemporary Christian Counseling Theories

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

MAIR 5303 - Comparative Global Religions 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 5308 - History of Christian Worship

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

MA IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAGL 5330 - Introduction to Missiology
MAGL 5333 - Local Church on Mission
Select a MA in Global Leadership 12-hour concentration and complete the required courses. (Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan.)


24 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Global Leadership 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.


Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.