Master of Arts in Global Leadership/Master of Arts in International Studies


The dual MA in Global Leadership/MA in International Studies degree equips leaders for service in a broad array of multicultural and multiethnic contexts, including international missions, business, and government. Today’s rapidly changing world of globalization dictates that global servant leaders demonstrate proficiency in cultural intelligence and understand interactions between religion, government, and culture. Graduates of the program will be equipped to lead successfully with soft-skills in culturally-sensitive ways, serving as kingdom professionals doing business as mission.


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 - 3 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


MAIS 5303 - Christian Perspectives on Global Religions and Worldviews (S-L)*

MA IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 27 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAGL 5330 - Introduction to Missiology
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
Select two courses with approval of the MA in Global Leadership Academic Advisor.



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAIS 5301 - Contemporary Global Issues (Travel Study)
MAIS 5302 - Geopolitics Through the Lens of Geography 
MAIS 5305 - Cultural Intelligence
MAIS 5317 - Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems
MAIS 5318 - International Political Economy
MAIS 5319 - International Security: The Trigger Point

MAIS 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership

MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership

Select two courses from MA in International Studies concentrations as electives.
Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan.)


3 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

27 hours

MA in Global Leadership Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in International Studies 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.