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B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Discipleship

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Discipleship is an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree program jointly sponsored by the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith and the Graduate School of Ministry. The program is designed to prepare students to serve in a variety of church and church-related vocational contexts, church staff positions, para-church ministries, and denominational service. The accelerated degree will provide students a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through Christ-centered, quality higher education, students will focus on the theological, biblical, historical, and practical dimensions of Christian ministry for the 21st century.


Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Undergraduate Requirements - B.A.
Developing a Christian Mind Semester Hours - 3
DCM 2301
English Semester Hours - 12
ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and 2302
Fine Arts Semester Hours - 3
FINE 1306
Foreign Language Semester Hours - 6-14*
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence Semester Hours - 0-1
FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours.)
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, 1303, 1307, 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 selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
Religion Semester Hours - 6-9
RELI 1301, 1302, and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 6
POLS 2301 and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
Total General Studies Requirements - 48-64
B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)
Required Courses Semester Hours - 18
PHIL 2301 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 3303 Philosophy of Religion
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3382 Practicum in Religion (S-L)
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World
RELI 4371 American Church History
Electives Semester Hours - 32-48
  • 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 degree-applicable 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
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics
WORS 6303 Applied Hermeneutics
Total Undergraduate with Shared Hours Required - 120
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.A. in Discipleship Requirements Semester Hours - 12
Core Courses
DISC 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
M.A. in Discipleship Courses Semester Hours - 9
DISC 6301 Christian Education in the Local Church
DISC 6302 Biblical Strategies for Discipleship
DISC 6304 Principles for Bible Teaching
**M.A. in Discipleship Tracks
Semester Hours - 9
Students may choose from the M.A. in Discipleship tracks listed below:
  • Discipleship for the Family Track
  • Discipleship through Communications Track
  • Local Church Discipleship Track
  • Ministry Focus Track
**Note: See M.A. in Discipleship degree plan for concentration information.
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.

Students are required to take the Major Field Test (MFT) as part of MANA 4320, Strategies and Problems. Students will prepare for the exam through completion of the coursework of MANA 4320.

DBU also offers an Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program (BBA in Management/MBA in Management) for qualifying undergraduate students. For degree plan requirements, refer to the Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs section in this catalog.


Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University
DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.


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


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