Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program:
B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Family Ministry

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Undergraduate Requirements

Developing a Christian Mind
  DCM 2301  
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and 2302
Fine Arts
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence
  FOUN 1101 is required of all freshman and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours).
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
  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.

MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1307 or 1405

[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.].

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
  One laboratory science selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
  RELI 1301, 1302, and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
  POLS 2301 American National Government required for all students.
An additional 3 credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
Total General Studies Hours
B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)
Applied Ministry Courses

Required Courses (18 hours)

PHIL 2301 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 3303 Philosophy of Religion
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3382 Practicum in Religion (S-L)
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World
RELI 4371 American Church History
Electives 32-48
  • 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.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 114 Undergraduate credit hours is required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate semester hours required for all bachelor's degrees. This equates to a total of 36 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
Total Undergraduate Hours
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses
MAWL 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics
Total Undergraduate with Shared Hours Required
Remaining Graduate Requirements

M.A. in Family Ministry Requirements


Core Courses (12 hours)

MACE 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

M.A. in Family Ministry Courses (18 hours)

MACH 6311 Early Childhood Ministry
MACH 6312 Ministry with Children
MAFM 6316 Faith Formation in the Life Stages
MAFM 6353 Ministry to Families
MAST 6350 Family-Based Student Ministry
Select one of the following:
COUN 6383 Marriage and Family Counseling
MACE 6322 Introduction to Christian Counseling
MAFM 6312 Research: Faith Formation in the Family (S-L)
Total Additional Graduate Hours Required
Total Credit Hours Required For Accelerated Degree

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for Admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. 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.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University:

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 


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