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B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Theological Studies

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The B.A.S. in Christian Ministries/M.A. in Theological Studies, 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 pastoral and other ministry-related vocational and leadership contexts. 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 Semester Hours
Undergraduate Requirements - B.A.S.
Professional Studies Requirement Semester Hours - 3
PRST 3301 Lifelong Learning (S-L) (required for all Professional Studies students)
English Semester Hours - 9
ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301, or 2302
Fine Arts Semester Hours - 3
FINE 1306
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
MATH 1301, 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) Semester Hours - 3-4
One laboratory science selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
Religion Semester 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) Semester Hours - 6
POLS 2301
Social Science Elective
Total General Studies Hours - 39-49
B.A.S in Christian Ministries
Required Courses Semester 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 Semester 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 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 Theological Studies Requirements Semester Hours - 18
Core Courses
DISC 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
M.A. in Theological Studies Concentrations Semester Hours - 12
Choose one concentration from the following:
Christian Heritage
Select four of the following:
THEO 5317 Baptist Heritage and Polity
THEO 6311 Issues in Early Christianity
THEO 6312 Issues in Medieval Christianity
THEO 6313 Issues in Reformation Studies
THEO 6314 Issues in American Christianity
THEO 6315 Issues in Contemporary Christianity
THEO 6318 Issues in Baptist Studies
THEO 6332 First Century Christianity
Christian Ministry
MACM 5301 Foundations of Christian Ministry
MACM 6309 Shepherding in the 21st Century
THEO 6360 Proclamation
And select one course from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Academic Advisor.
Christian Scriptures
Select any four 5000 or 6000-level THEO Scripture courses with approval of Academic Advisor.
Total Additional Graduate Hours Required - 30
Total Credit Hours Required for Accelerated Degree - 150
Degree Requirements 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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Students must successfully complete PRST 3301 within the first term.

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


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