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

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Global Leadership degree plan prepares students for careers in global service and ministry providing a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students prepare to work in inter-cultural settings, exploring ways to be a leader in the rapidly changing world of ideas, cultures, religions, and business ventures. Designed for people who seek to connect positively with people in other cultures and societies around the globe, students learn how to understand and relate in positive ways to other cultures, a crucial skill for leadership in today's multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment. Recommended for missionaries, mobilizers, kingdom professionals, church planters, and urban ministry.


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 Hours - 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 Spiritual Formation and Worship
Total Undergraduate with Shared Hours Required - 120
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.A. in Global Leadership Requirements Semester Hours - 15
Core Courses
DISC 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
MAGL 5330 Introduction to Missiology
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
Elective Semester Hours - 3
Select any one M.A. in Global Leadership course with approval of Academic Advisor.
*M.A. in Global Leadership Concentration Semester Hours - 12
Select one of the following concentrations:
  • Church Planting
  • East Asian Studies
  • English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL)
  • General Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Missions
  • Urban Ministry
*NOTE: See M.A. in Global Leadership 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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(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

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


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