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


The Master of Arts in Family Ministry and the Master of Arts in Global Leadership dual degree program equips students to become global servant leaders who help families in international, cross-cultural, and “multi-ethnic” settings. Family Ministry seeks to understand the needs of families, explore biblical principles for best strategies in family formation, and implement ministries that impact families positively in every phase of life, by promoting healthy growth and transitions and with therapeutic intervention to restore family members. Global Leadership consists of connecting with people in other cultures and societies around the globe and finding ways to exert a positive influence in their lives. Learning the intercultural skills and understanding “multi-ethnic” dynamics are crucial skills for leadership in today’s increasingly multicultural and “multi-ethnic” environments. This study combines academic training and practical application that will focus intentionally on the world that families live in and how families can live healthy lives of faith as Christians.


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)


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.

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


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


Select three of the following:
MACH 5312 - Ministry with Children
MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry
MAEML 5313 - Ministry to Students

MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages
MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families
Select a MA in Family Ministry 9-hour concentration and complete the required courses. (Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan.)

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 Family 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.