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Master of Arts in Education Ministry Leadership

The Master of Arts in Education Ministry Leadership degree provides a multifaceted approach to using authority in education ministry to lead individuals, groups, and congregations toward spiritual maturity and obedience to Jesus Christ. The degree offers a strong biblical, theological, philosophical, and practical foundation in Christian Education Leadership for students currently leading or preparing to lead the body of Christ toward fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20). Dallas Baptist University's program structure provides a broad-based degree plan with the benefit of extended concentrations in multiple ministry areas. The program combines practical experience, contemporary methodology, and the timeless truth of God’s Word. The Master of Arts in Education Ministry Leadership program supports the University's aim of offering Christ-centered, quality higher education in order to produce servant leaders in the education ministry of the church.

In addition to general graduate 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.

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. NOTE: The church membership requirement only applies 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.

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 the candidate's signature assignments, resume, and philosophy of ministry among other materials. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect designated documents and upload them to the Portfolio within Blackboard. The Portfolio will be used to assess the candidate's development as they proceed 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


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 5305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

Program Specific Courses


MAEML 6301 - Christian Education in the Local Church

MAEML 6304 - Principles for Bible Teaching

MAEML 6307 - Business and Legal Administration for Ministry

Ministry Focus Concentration (9 hours)

Business in Ministry (9 hours)

MANA 5310- Ethical Leadership

MANA 6314 - Organizational Change and Development

PROJ 5301- Project Management Foundations

Christian School Leadership (9 hours)

EDAD 6319 - Christian School Education Administration

EDUC 6310 - Foundations of Christian School Education

EDUC 6311 - Christian School Curriculum

Collegiate Ministry

MAEML 6320 - The Collegiate Campus Minister

MAEML 6351 - Student Cultural Issues

MAEML 6354 - Collegiate Ministry Strategies

Communication in Ministry

COMA 6307 - Communication Leadership for Groups

COMA 6309 - Social Media and Communication

COMA 6321 - Strategic Communication for Organizations

Discipleship in Ministry

MAEML 6302 - Biblical Strategies for Discipleship

MAEML 6308 - Disciple-Making through Evangelism and Missions

MAEML 6309 - Equipping Disciples for Ministry (S-L)

Ministry Leadership

MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change

MAL 6303 - Leadership in Conflict and Adversity

MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Small Group Ministry

MAEML 5310 - Small Group Ministry Design and Practice

MAGL 6323 - Small Group Disciple-Making

COMA 6307 - Communication Leadership for Groups

Student Ministry

MAEML 5313 - Ministry with Students

MAEML 6351 - Student Cultural Issues

MAEML 6353 - Adolescent Development

General Studies in Ministry

(Select three graduate-level courses with approval of advisor.)

Total Credit Hours Required


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

Refer to individual course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.