Getting Started

First Steps

All applicants must submit a completed application for admission and the following:

  • Students who enrolled in college previously, even if no credit was earned, will need to submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges the student has enrolled in before a final admission decision can be made.
  • Working adults with prior college credit must have their transcripts evaluated. Please note, students with transfer credits cannot be adequately advised until their transcripts have been evaluated.
  • Working adult students with fewer than 24 credit hours of college credit must submit a final official high school transcript or GED documentation.

Transcripts and all other required documentation can be emailed to or be mailed to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211-9299

For full admissions criteria, please see the section entitled "Professional Studies Admission Criteria" in the undergraduate catalog.

Re-Admission of Former Students

Students previously enrolled and in good academic standing in an undergraduate degree program who wish to re-enter DBU after an absence of more than 24 months are required to submit the one-page Application for Re-Admission and new official transcripts from each college or university attended since the last enrollment at DBU.

Students who have been absent from DBU for over five years must re-submit the full Undergraduate Application for Admission, and transcripts of all college/university work completed prior to and since last enrollment at DBU.

All students applying for re-admission to the University must have no outstanding financial obligation to DBU and must be current on all student loans. Students applying for re-admission to DBU must meet the current admission standards as listed in the Transfer Admission Criteria or Professional Studies Admission Criteria.

Additional Information

Transferring Hours

At DBU, working adults can initially transfer an unlimited number of hours from most accredited* four-year institutions or up to 66 hours from accredited* two-year colleges. No course with a grade of "D" or "F" will be accepted for transfer credit. Please recognize that academic advising is unofficial until an official transcript evaluation and official degree audit have been approved by the Registrar's Office. Additionally, other guidelines may apply.

*Institutions must be accredited by an Institutional Accrediting Agency approved by the US Department of Education.

Gaining Additional College Credit

Credit by Examination

College credit can be earned in specific subject areas through the satisfactory completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams and/or by satisfactory scores on tests administered by individual university departments.

Military or Corporate Training

Military or corporate training that has been recognized by the American Council of Education (ACE) is another avenue for earning college credit toward completion of a Professional Studies degree. Typically, ACE credits satisfy elective requirements but do not apply to the 25%-credit-hour residency requirement.

Financial Aid

Many students take advantage of financial aid programs to make their educational goals a reality. Financial aid is available in two forms:

Gift Aid (does not have to be repaid)

Church matching gift programs, corporate reimbursement, scholarship such as the Christian Service Scholarship are examples of gift aid.

Self Aid (must be repaid)

Credit financing, payment plans, and student loans are examples of self-aid.

The primary sources that provide loans to our working adults students are the federal government, local lending institutions, and DBU through its payment plans. DBU is ready to help make financing your college education easier. Visit the Financial Aid website to find out more about your options, or contact our financial aid specialists by email or at (214) 333‑5363.

Graduation Requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours
  • Complete 30 hours in residence at DBU
  • Complete 30 of your last 36 hours in residence at DBU
  • Fulfill a minimum of 42 upper-level hours (waived for inverted degree students)
  • Minimum of 2.0 in overall GPA
  • Complete a minimum of 12 residency hours in major
  • Minimum of 2.0 in institutional GPA at DBU
  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA in institutional major and institutional minor