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You have a unique calling to server a younger genertion and their families. What is the best way to pursue God's call?

M.A. in Student Ministry

A Foundation for Ministry. A Lifetime of Service.

Impacting today’s culture for Christ requires ministry specialization, which is why a specific degree in Student Ministry is ideal. Our graduates develop the essential skills and knowledge for service, along with an educationally strong and theologically accurate philosophy of ministry that prepares them for life. Our university model provides an efficient degree plan with the benefit of an extended concentration of Student Ministry courses. The program combines practical student ministry experience, contemporary methodology, and the timeless truth of God’s Word.

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“The one who calls you is faithful…”


How Our Graduates Impact Their World

Graduates follow God’s call from serving on staff at churches and para-church organizations, to serving specific needs such as human trafficking and the disabled. Other ministries include teaching at Christian schools, youth evangelism, missions, campus ministries, and curriculum development.


Experienced Faculty. Servant Leaders.

Learn from faculty practitioners who teach not only from the textbook 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 Courses
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The Degree Program

The 36-hour M.A. in Student Ministry consists of:
18 hours, Core Requirements
18 hours, Student Ministry Requirements

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Course Descriptions

Program Goals

  • Provide a practical educational base of knowledge for effective student ministry
  • Analyze the components of student ministry
  • Synthesize a theological foundation, a philosophical approach, practical applications, and biblical servant leadership skills
  • Develop an effective transformational student ministry model
  • Learn to address biblical objectives in a contemporary setting

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

Adolescence is the most pliable stage of a person’s life, and it is the ideal opportunity to impact a person with the Gospel. However, evidence is overwhelming that we are in danger of missing this generation for Christ. With the power of God available and His command to make disciples, it would be inexcusable for us to allow this to happen on our watch. We must urgently prepare ourselves for a new era of student ministry. The Master of Arts in Student Ministry at Dallas Baptist University will equip you to impact teenagers through discipleship. Our goal is to help you clarify your call, empower you with a sound theological base, enable you to build on a contemporary educational foundation, and challenge you to be on the front lines of ministry as God uses you to lead this emerging generation into spiritual renewal. Our convenient, creative, and flexible program design will facilitate your incredible ride on the cutting edge of a new era in student ministry.

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