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Applications for admission to a masters' program are processed by the Office of Graduate Programs, located on the lower level of the John G. Mahler Student Center. All persons seeking admission must complete the graduate application forms provided by the University. Applicants seeking admission will be required to submit the following:
- A formal Application for Admission to pursue a specified master's degree program;
- A non-refundable application fee of $25; (The fee is waived if the online application for admission is submitted.)
- Official transcripts for each institution attended as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student;
- Two letters of recommendation from non-family members;
- A Statement of Purpose outlining reasons for seeking admission, answering each question with approximately 150 words, as this is considered a writing sample;
- A current professional résumé.
Additional conditions for continuance past the first semester of study may be specified by individual degree programs and/or the Master's Programs Admission Committee.
All materials submitted will be kept three (3) years from the date of initial receipt. Applicants are encouraged to maintain regular contact with the Graduate Programs Office to ensure that all materials have been received and the file has been prepared for submission to the Master's Degrees Admission Committee. Application materials, once submitted, are the property of the University and cannot be returned.
Requirements for Re-Admission of Former Students:
Students previously enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program who wish to re-enter DBU after an absence of more than 24 months are required to submit the one-page Application for Re-Admission, new official transcripts from each college or university attended since the last enrollment at DBU, and a current professional résumé. An application fee is not required.
Students who have been absent from DBU for over five calendar years must re-submit the full Application for Graduate Admissions, Letter of Intent, new official transcripts from each college or university attended since the last enrollment at DBU, two letters of recommendation, and a current professional résumé. The $25 admission application fee is waived for these students.
Requirements for Full Admission:
- A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution;
- Evidence of sound moral character and compatibility with DBU's mission;
- A likelihood of academic success as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all previous course work;
- Two letters of recommendations from non-family members;
- A current professional résumé.
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 who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Click for Church Membership form.
Note: Church Membership Requirement for Admission to the M.A. in Counseling Program: Admission to this degree program requires a recommendation from a staff member or official in the church of which the applicant is currently a member or faithfully attends that holds Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior, and who hold solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Church Recommendation Form
Additional conditions of full admission may be specified by individual degree programs and/or the Master's Programs Admission Committee.
The Master's Programs Admission Committee strives to take a holistic view of the applicant in order to determine the likelihood for success in a master's program. Applicants who show potential for graduate study, but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission may be admitted for up to 12 hours under Provisional status.
Applicants admitted under Provisional Admission must fulfill the conditions of this status as identified by the Master's Degrees Admissions Committee in order to continue in the program past 6-12 hours, depending on the program.
Students under Provisional Admission must maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive no grades below "B."
Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master's Degrees Admission Committee.
In some instances, applicants do not have time to submit all of the items required to be considered for Full or Provisional admission before the term begins in which they desire to enroll. Some applicants may not have the opportunity to provide both letters of recommendation, a résumé, or all of their official transcripts. In these cases, the Master's Degrees Admission Committee, upon receiving enough documentation (monitored by the Office of Graduate Programs), may allow the applicant to register for one term. The applicant must complete the application process during the first semester and may not register for additional courses beyond the first semester until formal admission has been granted. However, formal admission to the University is not guaranteed.
Applicants with incomplete admission files are not eligible to receive disbursement of financial aid funds.
Applicants not meeting the criteria for Full or Provisional admission may be determined by the Master's Degrees Admissions Committee to show potential for graduate study. These applicants will be asked by the committee to complete certain requirements, such as prerequisite or foundational coursework and/or an entrance examination, before an admission decision will be made. These applicants must fulfill all requirements which are determined by the Master's Degrees Admissions Committee as necessary prior to a final committee review and admission decision.
Note: Applicants for whom there is no evidence to demonstrate a likelihood for success in a master's program may be denied admission to the program.
Concurrent Undergraduate Coursework
Senior DBU undergraduate students who have been accepted into the Graduate Programs at Dallas Baptist University pending completion of their undergraduate degree and who possess a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA are allowed to register for up to 12 graduate credit hours in the final semester of their undergraduate degree at DBU. Any student registering for any combination course load exceeding 12-credit hours must have the approval of the Director of Graduate Programs and the appropriate academic Dean.
Transfer of Credit for Master's Programs
Students may transfer master's level courses from another regionally accredited institution provided: (1) a minimum grade of “B” was earned on all courses under consideration, (2) the courses are equivalent to courses in the applicable degree program at Dallas Baptist University, (3) courses were completed within a six-year period prior to enrollment in a Master’s degree program at DBU, and (4) none of the transfer work consists of correspondence or workshop courses not transcribed by a regionally accredited university, or credit earned through life and work experience.
Students may petition for transfer credit completed prior to the initial enrollment, thereby reducing the number of credit hours required to be taken at DBU for the degree. Evaluation and approval of transfer of credit shall be made by the director of the appropriate master's program and the Director of Graduate Programs. A DBU graduate student may not apply for transfer of credit for classes taken at another institution after the initial enrollment at DBU except under mitigating circumstances and with evaluation and approval of the Director of Graduate Programs, the Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs, and the director of the appropriate master's program.
Number of Hours Eligible for Transfer
Students may transfer to the following DBU Master's programs no more than 12 hours of master's level courses from another regionally accredited institution:
Master of Arts in Communication
Master of Arts in Counseling
Master of Arts in Management
Master of Arts in Professional Development
Master of Arts in Sport Management
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education in Bilingual Education
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Master of Education in Higher Education
Master of Education in Kinesiology
Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language
Master of Education in School Counseling
Master of Education in Special Education
Master of Liberal Arts
Students may transfer to the following DBU Master's programs no more than 50% of the individual degree program. Also, no more than one-half of the credit earned in a completed degree program at another institution can be transferred into a single degree program listed below:
Master of Arts in Children's Ministry
Master of Arts in Christian Education
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Master of Arts in Family Ministry
Master of Arts in Global Leadership
Master of Arts in Student Ministry
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Master of Arts in Worship
Transient Student Transfer of Credit Admission
Students who are currently active and in good standing in a graduate program at another regionally accredited institution may be permitted to take up to 6 hours as a transient student, when the purpose of attaining credit is for transfer back to that primary institution. Students must submit a current graduate transcript, a letter of intent, a completed application for Special Admission, the application fee, and obtain approval from both the applicable program director and the Office of Graduate Programs.
International Student Admission
All applicants who are not U.S. citizens, or do not possess a permanent residence card, should make application through the Department of International Admissions and Immigration (not the Office of Graduate Programs). The Department of International Admissions and Immigration is located in the International Center on the east side of the campus. You may find more information regarding International Admissions at www.dbu.edu/international, by calling 214-333-6905, or emailing email@example.com.
In addition to meeting the requirements outlined in the Admission Procedures, international applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Submit the joint certificate of financial responsibility to meet the financial requirements whil in attendance at Dallas Baptist University;
- English Requirements: Select one of the following: (A) Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score results must be submitted for the applicant to be considered for admission: a paper test score of 550, or a computer-based test score of 213, or an Internet version score of 79, must be attained on the TOEFL, or (B) Official IELTS (Intensive English Language Testing System) overall hand score of 6 with no individual hand lower than 5; (C) Students may complete the Intensive English Program at DBU to satisfy English requirements, thus no TOEFL would be required, or (D) The TOEFL may be waived at the discretion of the Director of International Admissions and Immigration if 24 credit-hours of full-time academic work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher have been completed at other regionally accredited institutions in the United States. International students may be interviewed and tested by DBU staff to determine their ability to communicate effectively in English.
- An international applicant who holds an F-1 student visa is required to carry a full course of study in the fall and spring semesters. According to Immigration and Naturalization Services regulations, a full-time load for a graduate student is nine hours. By choice, students may elect to take more hours.
- Official transcripts must be provided. A translation of international transcript(s) to the U.S. system of grading by a recognized credential evaluation service in the U.S. may be necessary.
International students who meet all admission requirements will be eligible for full admission to the University. All others who are approved for admission will be granted provisionary admission until these requirements have been met and 12 credit hours of graduate courses have been successfully completed. DBU does not issue I-20s for distance learning courses.
Dallas Baptist University understands the unique characteristics of international education and recognizes the diverse background and qualifications of our prospective students. In circumstances where an applicant has received a three-year bachelor's degree from a government recognized non-US institution, DBU will consider the three-year bachelor's degree as sufficient to meet the undergraduate degree requirement needed for application to graduate programs.
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