BA/BS in Christian Studies/MA in Education Ministry Leadership

The joint BA/BS in Christian Studies/MA in Education Ministry Leadership degree plan prepares students for careers in church-related vocations, providing a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through Christ-centered higher education, students prepare to work as leaders in local church ministry—serving in roles such as ministers of education, ministers of adults, ministers of youth, ministers of business administration, ministers of missions, and more.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301

3

3

English
ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 and/or 2302

12

9

Fine Arts
FINE 1306

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence
FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

1

1

History
HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302

6

6

Kinesiology
KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

2

2

Mathematics
(BA) MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405
(BS) MATH 1303, 1307, or 1405

3

3

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
One laboratory science (BA) or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (BS) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

4

15

Religion
RELI 1301, 1302, and 2304

9

9

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

6

6

Total General Studies Hours

63

57

BA/BS in Christian Studies 

Required Courses
CHST 3301 - Survey of Christian Education
CHST 4302 - Practicum in Christian Studies (S-L)
PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy
RELI 4371 - American Church History
Choose one from the following
CHST 4306 - Children’s Ministry in the Church
CHST 4307 - Youth Ministry in the Church
CHST 4308 - Adult Ministry in the Church
Select one of the three areas of concentration for a total of 9 hours:
Concentration in Educational Ministry (9 hours)
CHST 3372 - Church Administration
CHST 4301 - Teaching Ministry of the Church
CHST 4310 - Small Group Ministry Design and Practice
Concentration in Christian Leadership (9 hours)
CHST 3372 - Church Administration
CHST 4312 - Biblical Servant Leadership
MANA 3301 - Principles of Management
Concentration in Music Ministry (9 hours)
MUSI 2207 - Introduction to Church Music and Worship
MUSI 3270 - Church Music and Worship Administration
MUSI 3271 - Contemporary Worship and Technology
MUSI 4305 - Congregational Song

24

24

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

6

6

MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

Electives with Concentration in Education Ministry or Concentration in Christian Leadership:
Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*
Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*


15
12


15
18

Electives with Concentration in Music Ministry:
Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*
Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*


17
10


17
16

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

• In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

• As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (Ma)

Core Courses
MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media
MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

12

MA in Education Ministry Leadership Courses
MAEML 6301 - Christian Education in the Local Church
MAEML 6304 - Principles for Bible Teaching
MAEML 6307 - Business and Legal Administration for Ministry

9

*MA in Education Ministry Leadership Focus Concentrations
Students may choose from the MA in Education Ministry Focus Concentrations listed below.
Business in Ministry

Collegiate Ministry

Communication in Ministry

Discipleship in Ministry

Ministry Leadership

Small Group Ministry

Student Ministry

General Studies in Ministry


*See MA in Education Ministry Leadership degree plan for Ministry Focus Concentration information.

9

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

150

Note:  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.

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

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.

Refer to course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Undergraduate Course Descriptions OR Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.