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)/M.A. 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.

Course 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
PHIL 2301  Introduction to Philosophy

Total General Studies Hours
Applied Ministry Courses

Required Courses (12 hours):

PHIL 3303 Philosophy of Religion
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3382 Practicum in Religion (S-L)
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World

Shared Courses B.A./M.A. (12 hours):

MAWL 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
Electives 26-45
  Sufficient to complete 114-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 30 upper-level semester hours.  

Additional M.A. in Theological Studies Requirements:


Theological Studies Core Curriculum Course Requirements

MACE 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation

Students may choose two elective classes in consultation with their academic advisor from all classes offered through the M.A. in Theological Studies.


Advanced Research/Practicum


M.A. in Theological Studies Concentrations
Christian Heritage: Choose four of the following:

MAGL 5335 Biographies of Outstanding Missionaries
MAGL 5352 History of East Asian Philosophy and Religion
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
THEO 6350 Christian Ethics
THEO 6355 Philosophy of Religion

Christian Ministry: Choose four of the following:

MACM 6309 Shepherding in the 21st Century
MAWL 6316 Worship Theology for Contemporary Ministry
THEO 6360 Proclamation
Choose one of the following courses:
MACE 6301 Introduction to Christian Education
MACE 6322 Introduction to Christian Counseling
MAGL 5330 Introduction to Missiology
THEO 5317

Baptist Heritage and Polity

Christian Scripture: 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 Johannine Literature
THEO 6335 New Testament Readings: Pauline Epistles
THEO 6336 New Testament Readings: General Epistles

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED                                                150

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the 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 that holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

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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