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Master of Arts in Leadership/Master of Arts in Theological Studies


The dual Master of Arts in Leadership and Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a 60-hour, non-thesis dual degree program that will allow students to gain a deep level of theological education, coupled with a strong leadership component. Through the program, students will learn not only how to apply theological principles in everyday contexts, but also how to lead with compassion, humility, and integrity in their respective callings.


  • 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.

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into Master’s Ministry Degrees, Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs, the 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 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 (S-L)
MAL 6303 - Leadership in Conflict and Adversity
MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
MAL 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
Select one (1) course from the Cook School of Leadership Curriculum with the approval of the MAL Director.



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life

MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
Select three (3) courses from the MA in Theological Studies Curriculum with the approval of the Program Director.


30 hours

MA in Leadership Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Theological 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.