Transforming Lives

| About DBU |

Founded in 1898, DBU has one mission—to transform the lives of students who will transform the world, all for the glory of God.

We offer a variety of educational opportunities for individuals of all ages and academic backgrounds—including degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as continuing education and certificate programs.

Through it all, we seek to integrate faith and learning and develop individuals whose desire is to serve the world.

We invite you to discover DBU and join us in our one mission.

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." - Proverbs 16:9

President's Welcome

"Dallas Baptist University is a nationally ranked, comprehensive, global Christ-centered university, with a mission to produce servant leaders through the integration of faith and learning. We are thrilled to be an educational enterprise home to more than 4,700 students, representing more than 60 countries around the world.

We believe our world is in desperate need of thoughtful Christian leaders with the ability to creatively solve complex problems while uniquely engaging culture through biblical truth. Our graduates are serving in nearly every vocational context. Whether it be as Christian doctors, lawyers, educators, scientists, politicians or numerous other fields, we understand that our students are diverse in their callings, yet united in purpose.

Please take the opportunity to get to know us through this website or an on-campus visit. You will discover a community of servant leaders whose heart is to teach and care for others while also producing research in a myriad of academic disciplines. We embrace the premise that all truth is God’s truth, and together, we seek knowledge for the sake of making a bold impact in the world as transformers of culture.

Join us as we serve the world for the glory of God!"

Dr. Adam C. Wright
DBU President

History of DBU

DBU’s forerunner, Decatur Baptist College, was founded in 1898 as the first junior college in Texas. For years, the school called the small town of Decatur home, producing outstanding young men and women who filled churches, classrooms, hospitals, and businesses around the nation.

In 1965, the school relocated to the scenic foothills of southwest Dallas, becoming a four-year institution and eventually being renamed Dallas Baptist University when it began offering graduate-level degrees.

Today, DBU has a variety of degrees on the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Well into our second century, DBU continues to press forward in our mission to produce servant leaders who will transform the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of Dallas Baptist University is to provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.

Commentary on the Mission Statement of DBU (2002, April) by Dr. David Naugle, noted author, lecturer, and chair and professor of philosophy at DBU.

Vision Statement

Building a great Christian university that is pleasing to God by producing Christ-centered servant leaders who are transforming the world.

Theme Scripture of DBU

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:11-13

DBU Campus Picture at Night


Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas Baptist University.

Quick Facts

  • 85 Undergraduate Programs
  • 44 Master's Programs
  • 2 Doctoral Programs
  • 13 Average Class Size

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Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex

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3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211
Directions to DBU Main Campus

Dallas / Fort Worth

DBU is pleased to call North Texas its home. The campus is a short drive from both downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.

DBU’s strategic location allows students to enjoy all of the benefits of a bustling urban setting—complete with multinational corporations, global ministries, world renowned artists and cultural centers, and incredible athletic venues—all while nestled among the scenic and serene rolling foothills of southwest Dallas.

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Theme Scripture of DBU
Jeremiah 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."