Program Overview

At Dallas Baptist University the Master of Arts in Student Ministry will provide students with a solid foundation to enter the field of student ministry. This 42 credit hours program consists of several different areas. Core courses will consist of 18 credit hours, another 18 credit hours will come from student ministry requirements, 3 credit hours from student ministry service-learning, and the final 3 credit hours from student ministry electives.

Students will encounter a mix of academic training accompanied with the practical classroom training that will be focused on contemporary student ministry practice. This will give students the foundation they need in a biblical leadership basics.

Students will work hard to develop their foundational knowledge of the Bible content and be able to interpret it. The classes in the curriculum will help them develop their leadership skills so that they are able to minister to students in a contemporary culture. Additionally they will expand on their leadership skills so that they can effectively lead not only individuals but also group.

Graduates will go on to to lead a very rewarding and fulfilling career in student ministry. They will find themselves ministering to not just students but also their families in some very contemporary cultural settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    One upper level course in Religion or Theology

    School Overview

    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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