Master of Arts in Professional Development (MAPD)
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University offers their Master of Arts in Professional Development degree that is available for students to complete completely online. This program consists of 36 credit hours with two different completion options for students. Students will acquire the knowledge they need for career advancements and opportunities.
Each student will complete the first 9 credit hours in the core courses which are: Introduction to Leadership Studies, World Views: Human Beliefs/Human Actions, and Career Development and Life Transitions. Students will then select one of the two options to complete their degree:
- Option One Single-Discipline Track - which will contain 18 credit hours of a Concentration and 9 credit hours of electives.
- Option Two Interdisciplinary Track - which will contain 15 credit hours of Primary Discipline and 12 credit hours of Secondary Discipline.
Students will have the following concentrations to choose from that they can use to specialize their degree. Some of these concentrations do have a specified requirements and guidelines that students will have to adhere too.
- Church Leadership
- Criminal Justice
- English as a Second Language
- Higher Education
- Leadership Studies
- Management Information Systems
- Professional Life Coaching
Graduates will enter the workfield ready to perform at a higher-level positions such as management, team leadership, communication, and social sciences. Graduates may go on to lead corporations and small businesses.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Decatur Baptist College opened its doors in 1898 as the first two-year, institution of higher education in Texas, with a focus on liberal arts. As the name suggests, the school was located in Decatur, and thrived there for many years until the Dallas Baptist Association suggested a moved to Dallas. The campus made the move and corresponding name change in 1965, setting up shop southwest of the state capital. Other campuses have since popped up in Plano, Hurst ad Mansfield. Just five years later, it expanded its programming, offering four-year degrees. Almost 100 years after its inception, in 1985, the school’s name officially changed to what we know it as today; Dallas Baptist University.
DBU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from seven schools, including Business, Christian Faith, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Math, and Professional Studies. Many programs are offered online for those already in the workforce, and distance learning opens up the school’s ministry to students from afar. As with most school’s today, Dallas Baptist University has many options in online courses, weekend college, dual and accelerated degree programs—a plethora of ways to make quality education, with a strong Christian foundation, more available to the masses.
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