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The Graduate School at Dallas Baptist University

Founded in 1898, Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas, has one mission — to transform the lives of students who will change the world, all for the glory of God.

The Graduate School at DBU offers more than 35 master's degree programs, over 30 advanced certificates, and two doctoral programs.

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

Why Should You Pursue a Master's Degree at DBU?

Imagine seeking your academic goals alongside a welcoming community of like-minded peers, mentors, and professors who are equally passionate about learning and leading change in the world. 

That's precisely what The Graduate School at Dallas Baptist University delivers with our premier, Christ-centered academic environment and culture. Your advanced degree serves as a competitive advantage in the workforce, while also enabling you to use your education to serve the Lord. Our heartbeat and mission is to empower Christ-centered servant leaders to create an impact in whatever calling God has instilled in them.

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Graduate Degrees and Programs

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Master's Degrees

DBU’s master’s degree programs are designed for the working professional, offering maximum flexibility without sacrificing quality with both in-person and online options, with completion in as little as 18 months. Choose from nearly 40 programs, including Business, Counseling/Psychology, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Leadership, Liberal Arts, Ministry, and Professional Development.

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Master's Degrees for Exclusively Online Students

DBU offers master’s degrees for exclusively online students at a lower cost per credit hour, giving students the flexibility to earn credits while continuing to pursue their career. Earn a master’s in Management, Family Ministry, Professional Development, Higher Education, and more.

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Doctoral Degrees

For those with a calling to lead at higher levels, DBU’s doctoral programs advance your learning and provide a community of Christian scholars and life-long mentors to help you become a powerful servant leader in your sphere of influence.

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Dual Master's Degrees

Dual master’s degrees allow you to pursue two master’s degrees simultaneously. With over 25 dual master’s degree programs, DBU has a range of options to fit your unique interests and professional goals across the fields of business, communication, counseling, leadership, liberal arts, and ministry. In-person and online offerings also mean they’ll fit your lifestyle.

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Accelerated Graduate Placement and Bridge

The Accelerated Graduate Placement (AGP) opportunity at DBU provides a means for highly motivated individuals to earn credit for graduate work while completing their undergraduate degree. The Bridge program allows individuals with clearly defined career goals to attain knowledge and skills from both undergraduate and master’s degrees in a single accelerated process.  

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Advanced Certificates

With nearly 40 advanced certificate programs available covering a wide range of fields such as Christian counseling and ministry to global leadership, bilingual education, health care management, and more, DBU stands ready to equip you in your career. We offer the flexibility you need with both online and in-person options.

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The Graduate School Admissions Process

Steps to Enroll at DBU

Step 1: Explore DBU

Step 2: Apply

Prospective students are encouraged to apply early since some types of Financial Aid have priority deadlines.

Step 3: Register for Classes

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Pursuing a Christian Education

The Graduate School at Dallas Baptist University integrates both faith and learning. It is the pathway to continue your education in a Christ-centered, premier academic environment dedicated to servant leadership.

In the classroom and beyond, you’ll be challenged to grow and expand your thinking through personal mentorship, team collaboration, and real-world scenarios — all designed to prepare you to lead and serve in ways you may not have expected. 

You’ll also discover a unique network of fellow students and alumni who collectively share your passion and calling to positively impact the world.

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Meet the DBU Family

"I was able to implement ideas I was learning in class the very next day at the office."

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"I thought of every reason I shouldn’t pursue a graduate degree, between my full-time ministry and my growing family, but if the Lord is leading you; the Lord will equip you — and DBU offered me the perfect combination of academics and practical application in ministry."

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"I've benefited greatly from DBU’s network, even years after I graduated, as deans and professors have helped me at every stage of my career."

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Campus Virtual Tour

Whether you take graduate school classes in-person or online, we strive to create a welcoming environment on one of the most beautiful and picturesque campuses in Texas. Take a virtual tour below.

The Graduate School FAQs

How do I choose a graduate school in Texas?

Consider several factors when selecting a graduate school, such as whether it is centrally located for better access to internships, jobs, and networking opportunities. You should also look for a school with accredited, nationally recognized programs, and factor in tuition costs, available scholarships, and financial aid. Choose a school that aligns with your faith and will ensure you can continue representing the Lord in your career and life.

What is a graduate degree?

A graduate degree is an academic program that allows you to continue your education after your bachelor's degree and includes master's and doctorate degrees and professional certifications.

Why should I consider a graduate degree?

A graduate degree allows you to further specialize in an area of interest or choose a program that directly relates to or is accredited by the profession you want to enter.

Why is a Christian graduate degree beneficial?

An education that puts Christ at the center of every classroom facilitates your ability to make a higher, more eternal Kingdom impact extending beyond your own lifetime, job portfolio, or 401k.

How do I write a personal statement for a Christian graduate school?

Your strongest personal statement will be authentic and reflective of your journey to graduate school, including your most meaningful and instructive success, obstacles, challenges, and your faith's role along the way. You'll also want to talk about your professional goals and dreams — and the core motivators behind your pursuit of a graduate degree. This Statement of Purpose is required as part of the DBU Graduate admissions process.

How important are GRE scores for DBU's Graduate admission?

Your academic record should show proof of academic preparation and the ability to succeed in graduate studies. Therefore, the admissions office considers numerous factors, including your undergraduate grade point average. However, Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) test scores are not required for DBU's Graduate admission.

How long does the graduate admissions process take at DBU?

Upon submission of your graduate application, DBU's graduate admissions office will review all materials required for admission to the program. This process will be completed within two weeks.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV