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Professional Development Program
Eric Wyatt, Program Director

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The Master of Arts in Professional Development adopts a unique approach to graduate studies. Designed especially for professionals who desire to expand their knowledge and credentials beyond the boundaries of their bachelor's degree, the M.A. in Professional Development enhances a broad and diverse educational experience, and students may select the single-discipline track from business, criminal justice, higher education, counseling, leadership, English as a Second Language, missions, professional life coaching, training and development, or an interdisciplinary track.

ADMISSION

There are no additional requirements other than those required for Admission to the graduate program at DBU. 

Admission and Retention for Accounting Concentration:

  • Graduate and Undergraduate students seeking admission to this degree with an accounting concentration must have an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in all accounting coursework in order to remain in the program and to graduate with this degree in accounting.
  • Students must sign a Statement of Understanding about the accounting concentration before beginning graduate accounting coursework. The statement will be provided by the student’s advisor.

Curriculum Overview
The 36-hour curriculum is comprised of a nine-hour interdisciplinary core with two options available for the completion of the remaining twenty-seven hours:

Core Courses (9 hours):
MAPD 5305 Introduction to Leadership Studies (S-L)
MAPD 5350 World Views: Human Beliefs/Human Actions (S-L)
MAPD 6347 Career Development and Life Transitions

  • Option 1 : Single-Discipline Track
    Concentration (18 hours)
    Electives (9 hours)
  • Option 2 : Interdisciplinary Track
    Primary Discipline (15 hours)
    Secondary Discipline (12 hours)
  • (The Training and Development concentration is a 27-hour interdiscipinary concentration with no electives)

Concentrations available to the M.A. Professional Development student:

Accounting

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

ACCT 5311   Survey of Accounting

ACCT 6321   Managerial Accounting

ACCT 6330   Tax Planning and Research

ACCT 6335   Financial Statement Analysis

ACCT 6343   Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities

ACCT 6344   Nonprofit Accounting, Resource Development and

                  Fundraising

ACCT 6345   Fraud and Forensic Accounting

ACCT 6346   Advanced Auditing

 

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.


Church Leadership

Choose 3 classes from the following Church Leadership courses:

MALA 5301   Western Church History

MALA 5302   History of Religion in America

MALA 5303   Baptist History

MALA 5357   History of the Reformation

MALA 5358   Teaching Ministry of the Church

MALA 5362   Youth Ministry in the Church

MALA 5365   Christianity in a Pluralistic World

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following Leadership Studies courses:

COUN 5385   Lifespan Human Development

COUN 5387   Research Methods

HIED 6345   Ethics and Leadership Theory: Servant Leadership

MALA 5312   The Twentieth Century

MANA 51.521   Management Theory

MANA 51.522   Business Legal Environment

MANA 6301   Employment Law

MANA 6312   Communication and Business Behavior

MANA 6314   Organizational Change and Development

MANA  6320   Business Ethics

MANA  6321   Organizational Behavior

MANA  6323   Human Resource Strategy (S-L)

MANA 6342   Employee Negotiations and Collective Bargaining

MANA 6343   Compensation and Performance

MRKT 51.521   Marketing Concepts

MRKT 6301   Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)

 

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.

Communication

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

COMA 6300  Introduction to Graduate Communication Studies

COMA 6301  Advanced Communication Theory (Prerequisite: COMA 6300)

COMA 6303  Digital Media Communication

COMA 6305  Presentation Communication (S-L)

COMA 6307  Communication Leadership for Groups

COMA 6309  Social Media and Communication

COMA 6310  Rhetoric, Argumentation, and Advocacy (Prerequisite: COMA 6301)

COMA 6311  Relational Communication (Prerequisite: COMA 6301)

COMA 6312  Advanced Persuasive Communication

COMA 6313  Advanced Nonverbal Communication (Prerequisite: COMA 6301)

COMA 6314  Intercultural Communication

COMA 6320  Organizational Communication

COMA 6321  Strategic Communication for Organizations

COMA 6322  Communication Campaigns

COMA 6323  Communication Consulting (Prerequisites: COMA 6320 and COMA 6321) 

COMA 6324  Communication for Global Organizations

COMA 6326  Organizational Communication Management Graduate

                   Research Project (Prerequisite: Director Approval)

The following Communication classes are reserved for M.A. in Communication students only:

COMA 6315  Communication Studies Graduate Internship

COMA 6316  Communication Studies Graduate Research Project

COMA 6325  Organizational Communication Management Graduate

                   Internship

 


 

Counseling*

Required Concentration Courses:

COUN 5380   Introduction to Professional Counseling

COUN 5382   Counseling Theories and Techniques

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

COUN 5385   Lifespan Human Development

COUN 5389   Multicultural Perspectives

COUN 6380   Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

COUN 6381   Addictive and Compulsive Disorders

COUN 6382   Psychopathology

COUN 6383   Marriage and Family Counseling

COUN 6384  Contemporary Approaches to Christian Counseling

COUN 6385   Advanced Counseling Methods and Crisis Intervention

COUN 6387   Counseling Victims of Trauma

COUN 6388   Assessment and Intervention in Marriage and Family 

                   Therapy

COUN 6389   Play Therapy

COUN 6390   Advanced Techniques of Play Therapy

COUN 6395   Advanced Trauma Counseling

COUN 6396   A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality

*This program of study does not provide students the necessary course work to meet academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

 

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.


Criminal Justice*

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

CRJS 5320   Ethical Issues in Law Enforcement

CRJS 5321   Principles of Organizations and Administration for Justice

                  Professionals

CRJS 5322   Crime and Drug Problems and Control

CRJS 5323   Crime and Community

CRJS 5324   Correctional Theory and Application

CRJS 5325   White Collar Crime in America

CRJS 5326   Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CRJS 5327   Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

CRJS 5330   Victim/Victimization

* Prerequisites for the Criminal Justices Concentration are CRJS 1302, or Undergraduate Major/Minor in Criminal Justice or Past/Present Services as a Law Enforcement Officer.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

ESLS 5301  Second Language Acquisition

ESLS 5304   Methods in Teaching ESL

ESLS 5306   Content Area Language Proficiency Skills

ESLS 5308   Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments

ESLS 5310   Administration of ESL Programs

ESLS 5314   Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)


Finance

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

ACCT 5311   Survey of Accounting

FINA 51.521  Foundations of Finance

FINA 6301   Corporate Finance

FINA 6302   Capital Markets and Institutions

FINA 6321   International Finance

FINA 6331   Investments

FINA 6332   Futures and Options

FINA 6351   Advanced Management Finance

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.


Higher Education

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

HIED 5300   College and University Administration

HIED 5320   Methods for the Higher Education Administrator

HIED 5380   Readings in Higher Education

HIED 5381   Readings in Higher Education

HIED 5390   Special Topics in Higher Education

HIED 6310   Legal Aspects and Finance in Higher Education

HIED 6320   Practicum in Higher Education (S-L)

HIED 6321   Practicum in Higher Education (S-L)

HIED 6330   Research Methods in Higher Education

HIED 6340   History and Philosophy of Higher Education

HIED 6345   Ethics and Leadership Theory: Servant Leadership

HIED 6360   Adult Higher Education

HIED 6361   Teaching, Learning, and Student Development

HIED 6362   Curriculum/Program Planning

HIED 6370   The College Student

HIED 6371   Introduction to Student Affairs Work

HIED 6373   Methods for the Higher Education Administrator

HIED 6374   Academic Affairs in Higher Education

HIED 6375   Issues and Problems in Higher Education Administration

Leadership Studies

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

COUN 5385   Lifespan Human Development

COUN 5387   Research Methods

HIED 6345   Ethics and Leadership Theory: Servant Leadership

MALA 5312   The Twentieth Century

MANA 51.521   Management Theory

MANA 51.522   Business Legal Environment

MANA 6301   Employment Law

MANA 6305   Staffing Organizations

MANA 6310   Leadership in Management

MANA 6311   International Management

MANA 6312   Communication and Business Behavior

MANA 6314   Organizational Change and Development

MANA 6320   Business Ethics

MANA 6321   Organizational Behavior

MANA 6323   Human Resource Strategy (S-L)

MANA 6342   Employee Negotiations and Collective Bargaining

MANA 6343   Compensation and Performance

MRKT 51.521 Marketing Concepts

MRKT 6301   Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)

 

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.

Management

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

MANA 51.521   Management Theory

MANA 51.522   Business Legal Environment

MANA 5313   Quantitative Methods in Management

MANA 6301   Employment Law

MANA 6302   Quantitative Analysis for Managers

MANA 6305   Staffing Organizations

MANA 6310   Leadership in Management

MANA 6311   International Management

MANA 6312   Communication and Business Behavior

MANA 6314   Organizational Change and Development

MANA 6319   Operational Finance

MANA 6320   Business Ethics

MANA 6321   Organizational Behavior

MANA 6323   Human Resource Strategy (S-L)

MANA 6327   Future Trends in Technology

MANA 6329   Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital

MANA 6330   Leadership Development

MANA 6331   Leadership Coaching and Counseling

MANA 6332   Strategies, Models, and Processes

MANA 6333   Operations and Quality Management

MANA 6342   Employee Negotiations and Collective Bargaining

MANA 6343   Compensation and Performance

MANA 6348   Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations

MANA 6349   Creative Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.


Management Information Systems

MISM 6314  Management Information Systems

MISM 6320  Systems Analysis and Design

MISM 6330  Database Management Systems (S-L)

MISM 6335  Networks and Telecommunication

MISM 6340  Information Technology Management

 

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.


Marketing

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

MRKT 51.521 Marketing Concepts

MRKT 6301   Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)

MRKT 6302   Business Development Strategies

MRKT 6303   New Product Development

MRKT 6312   Consumer and Buyer Behavior

MRKT 6321   International Marketing

MRKT 6331   Marketing Analysis

MRKT  6340   Marketing Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations

MRKT 6341   Advanced Marketing Strategies

MRKT 6397   Marketing for Nonprofit

MRKT 6398   Special Topics in Marketing

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.


Missions

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

MAGL 5330   Introduction to Missiology

MAGL 5331   Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry

MAGL 5332   Strategies for Missionary Work

MAGL 5333   Local Church on Mission

MAGL 5334   Chronological Bible Storying

MAGL 5335   Biographies of Outstanding Missionaries

MAGL 5340   Integrating Faith and Culture

MAGL 5341   Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

MAGL 5342   Ethnography, Cultures, and Worldviews

MAGL 5343   Understanding Islam

MAGL 5344   Strategies for Urban Ministries


Professional Life Coaching

Required Concentration Courses:

MAPD 5310   Coaching Theories and Methods

MAPD 6311  Developing Coaching Skills

MAPD 6312  Professional Life Coaching Practicum

Choose the appropriate number of classes from the following:

COUN 6380   Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

EDAD 6301    Instructional Leadership Development*

EDSC 6380    Career Development and Lifestyle Counseling for School Counselors

ENTR 6301    New Business Creation**

MACE 6307   Church and Business Administration

MACE 6309   Developing Lay Leaders in the Church

MACE 6322   Introduction to Christian Counseling

MACM 5301   Foundations of Christian Ministry

MACM 6303   Conflict Resolution in Ministry

MACM 6309   Shepherding in the 21st Century

MANA 6312   Communication and Business Behavior

MANA 6314   Organizational Change and Development

MANA 6330   Leadership Development**

MANA 6331   Leadership Coaching and Counseling**

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student is allowed to register for a specific course.

  * A student enrolling in this class must be a certified teacher.

** Recommended for professional coaches.

 

Training and Development

Required Concentration Courses:

COMA 6305   Presentation Communications (S-L)

EDUC 6302   Research in Education (S-L)

EDUC 6304   Improvement of Instruction

MANA 6305   Staffing Organizations

MANA 6314   Organization Change and Development

MANA 6330   Leadership Development

MANA 6332   Strategies, Models, and Processes

MAPD 5310   Coaching Theories and Methods

MISM 6314     Management Information Systems


 

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: Minimum 36 credit hours


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M.A. in Global Leadership / Master of Business Administration
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M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Student Ministry/M.A. in Worship Leadership
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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in School Counseling
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Special Education
M.Ed. in Higher Education / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language / M.Ed. in Special Education
 

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