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B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Children's Ministry

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The Accelerated B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Children’s Ministry degree plan is designed to equip and transform students to be servant leaders with the knowledge and skills for future employment and leadership opportunities within the local church. The accelerated program is for individuals who may be inspired to continue their educational journey to a master’s degree while pursuing an undergraduate degree because it will prepare them more thoroughly for ministry opportunities and is more cost effective to do so.


Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Undergraduate Requirements - B.A.S.
Professional Studies Semester Hours - 3
PRST 3301 Lifelong Learning (S-L) (required for all Professional Studies students)
English Semester Hours - 9
ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 or 2302
Fine Arts Semester Hours - 3
FINE 1306
History Semester Hours - 6
HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology Semester Hours - 0-2
KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics Semester Hours - 3-4
MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1304 or 1307 or 1308 or 1405 [Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.].
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 3-4
One laboratory science from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
Religion Semester Hours - 6-12
RELI 1301 and 1302. (If hours transferred at time of initial enrollment at DBU do not equal 60 or more hours, additional religion hours will be required.)
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 6
POLS 2301 American National Government required for all students.
Social Science elective.
Total General Studies Requirements - 39-49
B.A.S. in Christian Ministries
Christian Ministries Courses
Required Undergraduate Courses Semester Hours - 24
CHST 3372 Church Administration
CHST 4301 Teaching Ministry of the Church
PHIL 2301 Introduction to Philosophy
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3305 Principles of Biblical Interpretation
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World
Complete two additional upper-level Religion (RELI) courses.
Electives Semester Hours - 41-51
  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 114 Undergraduate credit hours are required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate semester hours required for all bachelor’s degrees. This equates to a total of 36 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
Total Undergraduate Hours - 114
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses Semester Hours - 6
MAWL 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics
Total Undergraduate with Shared Hours Required - 120
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.A. in Children’s Ministry Requirements
Core Courses Semester Hours - 12
MACE 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
M.A. in Children’s Ministry Program Courses Semester Hours - 18
MACH 6311 Early Childhood Ministry
MACH 6312 Ministry with Children
MACH 6351 Children and the Christian Faith*
MACH 6352 Advanced Childhood Ministry* (S-L)

Select two of the following:
MACH 6315 Ministry to Children with Special Needs
MACH 6350 Ministry in Church Weekday Educational Ministry
MACH 6353 Ministry to Families
MACH 6354 Research: Faith Formation** (S-L)

*Prerequisites MACH 6311 and MACH 6312
**Prerequisites MACH 6311, MACH 6312, MACH 6351, MAFM 6353
Total Additional Graduate Hours Required - 30
Total Credit Hours Required for Accelerated Degree - 150
Degree Requirements Semester Hours


Note: Church Membership Requirement (for Admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

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Students must successfully complete PRST 3301 within the first term.


(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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