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Master of Arts in Student Ministry

The Master of Arts in Student Ministry is designed to equip student ministers with the foundation and skills that enable them to minister effectively to students and their families in contemporary cultural settings. The degree program engages student ministers in a contemporary study of student ministry in order to provide a practical educational base as well as a theological foundation and biblical leadership skills for effective transformational student ministry in the local church. This program consists of 18 hours of core courses and 18 hours of program-specific courses, for a total of 36 hours.

In addition to previously stated admission requirements, the following program-specific requirements must be met:

  • Evidence that the student is a Christian and is compatible with DBU's mission by proven conduct in accordance with Christian standards set forth in the Bible, announced intent, and by church involvement.

  • Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD 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.


  • Old Testament Survey

  • New Testament Survey

Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.


Credit hours

Core Courses


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship

GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

Program Specific Courses


MAST 6350 - Family-Based Student Ministry

MAST 6351 - Student Cultural Issues

MAST 6352 - Student Ministry in a Global Context

MAST 6353 - Adolescent Development

MAST 6354 - Collegiate Ministry Strategies

Select one of the following:

MAST 5313 - Ministry with Students

MAST 6320 - The Collegiate Campus Minister

MAST 6356 - Developing Student Ministry Lay Leaders

Total Credit Hours Required


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

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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