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Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

The Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is a 72-credit-hour degree program designed to equip students for Christ-centered and biblical-based compassionate care ministries in settings beyond the local church, such as the military, hospitals, hospice services, prisons & detention centers, businesses & corporations, first-responder organizations, airports, and the like, as well as in local congregations. The degree plan offers students opportunities to focus on foundational graduate-level training in biblical, practical, theological, and chaplaincy ministry. Pastoral care and counseling fundamentals, intercultural studies, cross-cultural engagement, and family ministry are included to prepare students for expansive ministries in contemporary settings. Chaplaincy internships are available for coordination with supervisory chaplains in the military, hospitals, and DFW Airport.    

In addition to previously stated admission requirements, the following program-specific requirements must be met:

  • Evidence that the student is a Christian and is compatible with DBU’s mission by proven conduct in accordance with Christian standards set forth in the Bible, announced intent, and by church involvement.

  • Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): 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.



Core Courses                                                                                                     Credit Hours



MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry

MACM 6309 - Pastoral Care

MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media

MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life

THEO 5305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology


MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)


MINS 6306* - Clinical Pastoral Education Mentorship (S-L)*


*MINS 6306 only applies to those students who are in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at a hospital.



Chaplaincy Ministry Courses



MACM 6301 - Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry

MACM 6302 - Introduction to Ecumenical Liturgy

MACM 6303 - Conflict Resolution in Ministry


MACM 6304 - Victim Assistance Ministry Training


MACM 6305 - Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education*


*MACM 6305 only applies to those students who are in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at a hospital.


 General Ministry Courses



Christian Ministry and Discipleship (15 hours)

THEO 6361 Pastoral Theology and Ministry Practices

MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling

MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families

THEO 5345 - Christianity in a Pluralistic World

THEO 6360 - Biblical Preaching

Christian Scriptures (15 hours)

THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 6303 - Biblical Greek Linguistic and Exegetical Tools

Select one Old Testament and one New Testament course:

THEO 6322 - Old Testament Readings: Pentateuch

THEO 6323 - Old Testament Readings: Prophets

THEO 6324 - Old Testament Readings: Psalms and Wisdom Literature

THEO 6333 - New Testament Readings: Synoptic Gospels

THEO 6334 - New Testament Readings: Johannine Literature

THEO 6335 - New Testament Readings: Pauline Epistles

THEO 6336 - New Testament Readings: General Epistles

Heritage and Missions (6 hours)

THEO 5317 - Baptist Heritage and Polity

Select one of the following courses:

MAGL 5321 - Sharing Gospel Faith

MAGL 5331 - Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry

THEO 6350 - Christian Ethics


Total Credit Hours Required



 (S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

 Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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