BA in Biblical Studies/MA in Theological Studies
The BA in Biblical Studies/MA in Theological Studies, an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree program jointly sponsored by the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith and the Graduate School of Ministry is designed to prepare students to serve in a variety of church and church-related vocational contexts, including pastor, missionary, and teacher, as well as church staff positions, and denominational service. The accelerated degree will provide students a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through Christ-centered, quality higher education, students will focus on the theological, biblical, historical, and practical dimensions of Christian ministry for the 21st century.
credit hours (ba)
Developing A Christian Mind
ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I
ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II
ENGL 2301 - World Literature I
ENGL 2302 - World Literature II
Foundations for Excellence
FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence
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.)
HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 2301 - World Civilization I
HIST 2302 - World Civilization II
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.
MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts
MATH 1303 - College Algebra
MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis
MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
One laboratory science selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey
RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey
RELI 2304 - Christian Doctrine
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 - American National Government
and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS
BA in Biblical Studies
PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 3303 - Philosophy of Religion
RELI 3382 - Practicum in Religion (S-L)
RELI 4345 - Christianity in a Pluralistic World
RELI 4350 - Systematic Theology
RELI 4371 - American Church History
Choose one Old Testament course from:
RELI 3311 - The Pentateuch
RELI 3329 - The Historical Books
RELI 3336 - The Wisdom Literature
RELI 3347 - The Major Prophets
RELI 3362 - The Minor Prophets
Choose one New Testament course from:
RELI 4307 - The Gospels
RELI 4321 - The Early Life and Letters of Paul
RELI 4322 - The Later Life and Letters of Paul
RELI 4336 - The General Epistles
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses
MINS 5303 - Foundations of Spiritual Life
THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics
Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*
Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*
TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED
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.
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
credit hours (ma)
MINS 5302 - Ministry Research and Writing Across Media
MINS 6305 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology
MA in Theological Studies Concentrations
Choose one concentration from the following:
Select any four 5000 or 6000-level THEO Scripture courses listed below:
THEO 5310 - The Gospels
THEO 5321 - Early Life and Letters of Paul
THEO 5322 - Later Life and Letters of Paul
THEO 5336 - The General Epistles
THEO 5360 - Special Topics in Religion
THEO 6303 - Biblical Greek Linguistic and Exegetical Tools
THEO 6322 - Old Testament Readings: Pentateuch
THEO 6323 - Old Testament Readings: Prophets
THEO 6324 - Old Testament Readings: Psalms & 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: The General Epistles
THEO 6337 - Advanced Research in Biblical and Theological Studies
Select any four courses listed below:
MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling
MACM 5301 - Foundations in Christian Ministry
MACM 6309 - Pastoral Care
THEO 6360 - Biblical Preaching
THEO 6361 - Pastoral Theology and Ministry Practices
TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Master’s Ministry Degrees, Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs, EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, and PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration): 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.