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B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Christian Counseling

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Christian Counseling, an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree program jointly sponsored by the College of Professional Studies and the Graduate School of Ministry, is designed to prepare students to serve in a variety of church and church-related vocational contexts including 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 Credit Hours
Undergraduate Requirements
Professional Studies Requirement Credit Hours - 3
PRST 3301 Lifelong Learning (S-L) (required for all Professional Studies students)
English Credit Hours - 9
ENGL 13011302, and 2301 or 2302
Fine Arts Credit Hours - 3
FINE 1306
History Credit Hours - 6
HIST 130113022301, or 2302
Kinesiology Credit 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 Credit Hours - 3-4
MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1304 or 1307 or 1308 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) Credit Hours - 3-4
One laboratory science from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
Religion Credit Hours - 6-12
RELI 1301 and 1302. (If hours transferred at time of initial enrollment at DBU do not equal 60 or more hours, additional religion hours will be required.)
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Credit Hours - 6

POLS 2301 American National Government

PSYC 1301 General Psychology

Total General Studies Requirements - 39-49
B.A.S. in Christian Ministries
Required Courses Credit Hours - 24
CHST 3372 Church Administration
CHST 4301 Teaching Ministry of the Church
PHIL 2301 Introduction to Philosophy
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3305 Principles of Biblical Interpretation
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World
Complete two additional upper-level Religion (RELI) courses.
Electives Credit Hours - 41-51
  • 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 credit 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 Credit 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 Christian Counseling Requirements
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 Christian Counseling Program Courses Credit Hours - 18

COUN 5312 Counseling Theories and Techniques
COUN 5314 Lifespan Human Development
MACC 6301 Introduction to Christian Counseling
MACC 6302 Abnormal Psychology
MACC 6303 Christian Counseling Skills

Select one of the following:
COUN 5313 Group Counseling Methods
COUN 6311 Addictive and Compulsive Disorders
COUN 6314 Marriage and Family Counseling
COUN 6320 Counseling Victims of Trauma
COUN 6324 A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality
DISC 6317 Biblical Foundation and Models for Small Group Ministry
MACM 6303 Conflict Resolution in Ministry
MACM 6304 Victim Assistance Ministry Training

Total Additional Graduate Hours Required - 30
Total Credit Hours Required for Accelerated Degree - 150
Degree Requirements Credit 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.


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


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