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What is more significant than earning a degree in Children's Ministry? Earning a Child's Trust.

M.A. in Children's Ministry

Preparing Children for Life

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The M.A. in Children's Ministry prepares you for the enormous privilege of helping children to follow Christ for their lifetime. The specialized training in this degree program increases your ministry potential to reach more children and families with life-changing ministry and biblical solutions that address contemporary needs.

Our emphasis on qualitative research provides opportunities to learn from formal research projects, including interviews with children, parents, and leaders in the field. Select student projects and presentations on key issues in Children’s Ministry are published in a bi-annual journal made available to Children’s Ministry leaders worldwide. Plus, students can earn their M.A. in Children’s Ministry completely online.

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“Let the little children come to me…for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

— MARK 10:14

How Our Graduates Impact Their World

Many graduates serve in church-related positions as a Children’s Minister. Many also serve in public or private schools, community weekday programs, and para-church organizations, including a focus on curriculum development.


Experienced Faculty. Servant Leaders.

Learn from faculty practitioners who teach not only from the textbook but also from their ministry experience to combine depth of knowledge with the breadth of real world application.

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 Children’s Ministry consists of:
18 hours, Core Requirements
9 hours, Children’s Ministry Requirements
9 hours, Concentration in one of the following:

General, Special Needs Children's Ministry

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Course Descriptions

Program Goals

  • Understand and apply servant leadership in the church and community
  • Learn ministry strategies to address the developmental needs of children
  • Create ministry strategies that help families
  • Synthesize theology, educational philosophies, and biblical leadership skills
  • Evaluate best practices, current trends, and models of Children’s Ministry

Meet the Director

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Dr. Shelly Melia
Program Director
Email: shelly@dbu.edu
Phone: 214.333.5943

The most important responsibility we have as parents is to help our precious children develop their own personal relationship with Jesus. As a minster to children and families, we are called to help parents in the same mission. We have a great privilege and responsibility in helping to develop the next generation of Jesus followers.

At DBU, we want to equip you to create ministries and environments that point children to Jesus and that support parents along the journey. As you look over our degree options and consider how they can prepare you to fulfill your calling, feel free to get in touch with us. We would love to pray with you as you seek God’s will in your life, and if you have any questions about our degree programs, please contact our program office by email or phone. We would love to assist you.

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