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M.A. in Christian Education

A Practical Education in Transforming Lives

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This degree program deeply engages students’ minds—and hearts. They learn from practitioners in the field who provide professional guidance, resources, and networking opportunities. A practical focus on realistic ministry contexts and relevant issues culminates in a service-learning capstone practicum that is connected to a student’s chosen field. Students are free to pursue God’s personal call on their lives through a wide variety of concentrations.


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"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

— ROMANS 12:2

How Our Graduates Impact Their World

Graduates serve in church-related educational ministries, including Discipleship and Christian Education, Age Group Ministries, Church Business Administration, and similar areas. Others serve as leaders in para-church and community organizations related to social work, counseling, curriculum development, and teaching.


Experienced Faculty. Servant Leaders.

Learn from faculty practitioners who teach not only from a rich academic context but also from their ministry experience. We intentionally integrate Christ-centered, servant leadership principles into every aspect of study—from the courses students take, to the professors who teach. This DBU distinctive sets apart our program and our graduates.

Designed to Meet Your Needs

We enable you to pursue graduate study while balancing career, family, and ministry. DBU graduate students have many options for completing their degree, including schedule flexibility and financial aid.

Course Convenience

  • Online Courses
  • Hybrid Courses (Part Online, Part Classroom)
  • Evening and Weekend Courses
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The Degree Program

The 36-hour M.A. in Christian Education consists of:
27 hours, Core Requirements
9 hours, Concentration in one of the following:

Adult Ministry, Business Ministry, Collegiate Ministry, Communication Ministry, Counseling Ministry, Family Ministry, Leading the Nonprofit Organization, Missions Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Student Ministry, Worship Ministry, General Ministry
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Course Descriptions

Program Goals

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology
  • Integrate faith and learning in a ministry training context
  • Apply servant leadership principles in opportunities of influence
  • Identify and cultivate the ministry potential of others
  • Create, organize, implement, and evaluate ministry education

Meet the Director

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Dr. Chris Shirley
Program Director
Email: chrissh@dbu.edu
Phone: 214.333.5256

Local church ministry in the area of Christian Education and Discipleship is changing. If you are called by God into this area of ministry, no doubt you are searching for current, practical training for ministry. I believe you will find that training at Dallas Baptist University through the M.A. in Christian Education degree program. It is a university-model ministry degree designed to prepare you for practical ministry in the local church in the 21st Century. The greatest benefits of this degree are the introduction to realistic ministry issues and settings and the guidance and personal investment in your life and ministry from faculty members, many of whom are current ministry practitioners. As you take the next steps of obedience in answer to God’s call on your life, please get in touch with me.

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