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M.A. in Theological Studies

The Cornerstone of a Compelling Faith

The M.A. in Theological Studies combines a classical graduate theological education with practical ministry applications, including a supervised practicum in a ministry context.

We prepare students with the required essential knowledge in biblical, historical, theological, and practical ministry studies to meet the unique needs of a variety of 21st century ministry and leadership contexts.



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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved... who correctly handles the word of truth.”

— 2 TIMOTHY 2:15

How Our Graduates Impact Their World

Our graduates serve as senior pastors, church staff members, missionaries, and denominational leaders. They are also well equipped with the academic foundation to eventually teach at a college or seminary level.


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 our program, and our graduates, apart.

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 Theological Studies consists of:
24 hours, Core Requirements
12 hours, Concentration in one of the following:

Christian Scriptures, Christian Heritage, Christian Ministry


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Course Descriptions

Program Goals

  • Integrate and apply the central doctrines of the Christian faith
  • Understand the history of Christianity, including the unique distinctives of our Baptist heritage
  • Develop approaches to personal and corporate spiritual growth and development
  • Enhance exegetical and communication skills
  • Refine scholarly research and writing skills

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Dr. Jim Lemons
Acting Director
Email: jiml@dbu.edu
Phone: 214.333.5366

A recent article in Ministry Magazine entitled "The Biblical Role of the Pastor," asks a fundamentally important question regarding the role of today's minister:

So, then, what are we to do as pastors? The answer can be found in the ministry of Jesus. The New Testament account reveals that Jesus did five things: (1) Jesus built His relationship with His Father, (2) He preached the gospel of the kingdom of God, (3) He met the needs of people, (4) He made disciples through the power of the Spirit, and (5) He gave His life as a sacrifice. These are the keys to true biblical ministry.

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies program at Dallas Baptist University is designed to equip you to excel in all of these important ministry areas. Our convenient, creative, and flexible program design will facilitate your personal growth in the spiritual, theological, biblical, historical, and practical foundations for ministry success in the 21st century.

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