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B.A./B.S. in Intercultural Studies (Missions)/M.A. in Discipleship

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The Accelerated B.A./B.S. in Intercultural Studies (Missions)/M.A. in Discipleship degree plan prepares students planning for careers in church-related vocations, providing a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through Christ-centered higher education, students prepare to work as leaders in local church ministry, serving in roles such as ministers of education, ministers of adults, ministers of youth, ministers of business administration, ministers of missions, and more.

Undergraduate Requirements
Developing A Christian Mind Semester Hours - 3
DCM 2301
English (B.A.) Semester Hours - 12 (B.S.) Semester Hours - 9
ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 and/or 2302
Fine Arts Semester Hours - 3
FINE 1306
Foreign Language (B.A.) Semester Hours - 6-14* (B.S.) Semester Hours - 0
*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
(B.A.) MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 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) (B.A.) Semester Hours - 3-4 (B.S.) Semester Hours - 15
One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 semester hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of 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 (B.A.) Semester Hours - 48-64 (B.S.) Semester Hours - 51-58
B.A./B.S. in Intercultural Studies (Missions)
Required Courses Semester Hours - 24
INCS 4302 Practicum in Intercultural Studies (Missions) (S-L)
INCS 4331 Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry
INCS 4340 Integrating Faith and Cultures
INCS 4341 Global Christianity
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 4371 American Church History

And select 6 hours from INCS courses excluding INCS 4330 Introduction to Missiology.
Electives (B.A.) Semester Hours - 26-42 (B.S.) Semester Hours - 32-39
  • 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 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
*See M.A. in Discipleship degree plan for track course information.
Total Additional Graduate Hours Required - 30
Total Credit Hours Required for Accelerated Degree - 150
Degree Requirements Semester Hours 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.


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