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Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Arts in Theological Studies


The Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Arts in Theological Studies dual degree provides an ideal graduate program of study for students who sense a direction in pastoral ministry and preaching that may also include various communication-related functions within a church and/or church-related organizations.


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.

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


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


COMA 6300 - Introduction to Graduate Communication Studies
COMA 6301 - Advanced Communication Theory+
COMA 6303 - Digital Media Communication
COMA 6305 - Presentation Communication (S-L)*
COMA 6307 - Communication Leadership for Groups
COMA 6309 - Social Media and Communication
COMA 6314 - Intercultural Communication
COMA 6321 - Strategic Communication for Organizations
COMA 6322 - Communication Campaigns
Select one course with approval of MA in Communication Academic Advisor.



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry
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
THEO 63** - One Old Testament Reading Course
THEO 63** - One New Testament Reading Course
Select one course with approval of MA in Theological Studies Academic Advisor.


30 hours

MA in Communication Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Theological Studies Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

+Requisite: COMA 6300

(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.