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Master of Arts in Theological Studies/Master of Arts in Worship Studies


The dual degree program Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Master of Arts in Worship Studies provides Christ-centered graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for Christian ministry. Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the areas of worship leadership ministries; and in biblical, historical, theological, and practical ministry studies. By educating their minds and kindling their hearts in a manner that promotes a life of service for Christ’s kingdom, students will have the opportunity to combine classical graduate theological education with practical ministry training.


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 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.

Admission into the MA in Worship Studies program is by audition only in consultation with the Program Director.

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 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.



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation
Select a
MA in Theological Studies 12-hour concentration and complete the required courses.
(Concentration courses are listed on the single degree plan.)

MA IN WORSHIP STUDIES REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


WORS 5308 - History of Christian Worship
WORS 5309 - Worship Life: Education and Administration
WORS 6316 - Worship Theology for Contemporary Ministry
Select three courses (9 hours) from the
Worship Praxis Course options listed on the single degree plan and complete the required courses.
The Worship Praxis courses are offered in an intensive format on the DBU main campus.


24 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Theological Studies Required Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Worship 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.