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


The dual MA in Christian Ministry/MA in Leadership gives students a strong foundation in both Christian ministry and leadership topics. This dual degree thus gives students an understanding of theology and best practices for ministry alongside key concepts for leadership effectiveness. Upon completing this dual degree, students will be equipped to lead effectively in a variety of ministry settings.   


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.

MA in Christian Ministry 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.



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry
MACM 6309 - Pastoral Care
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
Select three courses (9 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.

MA IN LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAL 5301 - Introduction to Leadership

MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change  
MAL 5304 - Crisis Leadership

MAL 5308 - Great Leaders in History
MAL 5309 - Leadership Across Boundaries: Travel Study
MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership
MAL 6303 - Leadership in Conflict and Adversity
MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
MAL 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
Select one course (3 hours) from the Cook School of Leadership Curriculum with the approval of the MAL Director.


30 hours

MA in Christian Ministry Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Leadership 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.


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