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Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Arts in Worship Studies


The Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Arts in Worship Studies dual degree program is designed to equip graduates with academic knowledge and professional skills related to the field of communication, which will enable them to provide effective servant leadership in educational, ministry, community, or professional organizations. In addition, graduates will gain a holistic study of Christian worship which will enable them to educate and lead today’s church in the theological and practical dimensions of worship. 


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.

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

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.

MA IN WORSHIP STUDIES REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)


Credit hours

Required 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
WORS 5308 - History of Christian Worship
Select three courses (9 hours) from the
Worship Praxis Course options listed on the single degree plan and complete the required courses.


30 hours

MA in Communication Required Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Worship 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.