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M.A. in Discipleship

A Practical Education in Transforming Lives

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This degree provides a multifaceted approach for discipling individuals, groups, and congregations towards spiritual maturity and obedience to Jesus Christ, by providing a strong biblical, theological, philosophical, and practical foundation in Christian discipleship for students currently leading or preparing to lead the body of Christ towards fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20). The Master of Arts in Discipleship program supports the university aim of offering Christ-centered, quality higher education in order to produce servant leaders in the disciple-making ministry of the church.

 

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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 Discipleship consists of:
27 hours, Core Requirements
9 hours, Track Options in one of the following:

    • Local Church Discipleship
    • Discipleship through Communications
    • Discipleship for the Family
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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 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 Discipleship 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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Partnerships


FORGE

DBU's Graduate School of Ministry and Pine Cove's Forge have partnered to allow Forge alumni to earn up to 18 hours toward a master's degree offered through the Graduate School of Ministry.

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Sky Ranch

Tuition free master's degrees! The partnership between DBU's Graduate School of Ministry and Sky Ranch provides participants in their Legacy Fellowship the opportunity to pursue one of nine online ministry degree programs, paid for by Sky Ranch, while gaining invaluable real world experience at the same time. Visit the Sky Ranch website for more information.

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Accelerated Degrees

Are you a current or prospective Undergraduate student? Get your Master's faster with our Accelerated Degree Programs.

Dual Degrees

Broaden your career possibilities and increase your competitive edge with our Dual Master's Degree Programs.

Advanced Certificates

Wanting to pursue graduate studies, but not ready to complete a master's degree? Consider an Advanced Certificate Program!

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