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

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The B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/MA in Theological Studies, is 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. The program is designed to prepare students to serve in a variety of church and church-related vocational contexts, including pastor, missionary, 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.

Undergraduate Requirements

Developing a Christian Mind
  DCM 2301  
  ENGL 1301, 1302, and 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 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 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 [eMAT Advising Tool required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is prerequisite].

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
  One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 semester hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of 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 are 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 (6 hours)

MAWL 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics

Total Undergraduate with Shared Hours Required


Remaining Graduate Requirements

M.A. in Theological Studies Requirements

MACE 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
M.A. in Theological Studies Concentrations (12 hours)

Choose one concentration from the following:

Christian Heritage: Choose four of the following:

THEO 5317 Baptist Heritage and Polity
THEO 6311 Issues in Early Christianity
THEO 6312 Issues in Medieval Christianity
THEO 6313 Issues in Reformation Studies
THEO 6314 Issues in American Christianity
THEO 6315 Issues in Contemporary Christianity
THEO 6318 Issues in Baptist Studies
THEO 6332 First Century Christianity

Christian Ministry:

MACM 5301 Foundations of Christian Ministry
MACM 6309 Shepherding in the 21st Century
THEO 6360 Proclamation
And select one course from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Academic Advisor.

Christian Scriptures: Choose four of the following:

THEO 6321 Biblical Backgrounds
THEO 6322 Old Testament Readings: Pentateuch
THEO 6323 Old Testament Readings: Prophets
THEO 6324 Old Testament Readings: Psalms and Wisdom Literature
THEO 6332 First Century Christianity
THEO 6333 New Testament Readings: Synoptic Gospels
THEO 6334 New Testament Readings: Johannine Literature
THEO 6335 New Testament Readings: Pauline Literature
THEO 6336 New Testament Readings: General Epistles
THEO 6392 Advanced Research in Theological Studies
Total Additional Graduate Hour 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.


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