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B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Global Leadership

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The Accelerated B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/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 cross-cultural workers, missions mobilizers, kingdom professionals, church planters, and urban ministry workers.


Degree Requirements Credit Hours
Undergraduate Requirements
Professional Studies Requirements Credit Hours - 3
PRST 3301 Lifelong Learning (S-L) (required for all Professional Studies students)
English Credit Hours - 9
ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 or 2302
Fine Arts Credit Hours - 3
FINE 1306
History Credit Hours - 6
HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 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 13011303130413071308, 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
Social Science elective.
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
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.A. in Global Leadership Requirements
Core Courses Credit Hours - 18

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: (3 hours). Select one MAGL course with Approval of Academic Advisor.

M.A. in Global Leadership Concentration*

Credit 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

* See the 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 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.



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

Students are required to take the Major Field Test (MFT) as part of MANA 4320, Strategies and Problems. Students will prepare for the exam through completion of the coursework of MANA 4320.



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


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