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Master of Arts in Theological Studies

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies prepares servant leaders for Christian ministry by providing a broad foundation in biblical, historical, theological, hermeneutical, and practical ministry studies. The Master of Arts in Theological Studies provides students who are preparing for careers in ministry and those seeking advanced understandings of the foundations of Christian faith the opportunity to combine classical graduate theological education with practical ministry training. Concentrations in Christian Scriptures and Christian Ministry allow students the opportunity to adjust academic experiences to meet differing personal ministry needs.

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

GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship

Concentration Options


Christian Ministry

MACM 5301 - Foundations in Christian Ministry

MACM 6309 - Shepherding in the 21st Century

THEO 6360 - Proclamation


Select one course from the Graduate School of Ministry with the approval of Academic Advisor.

Christian Scriptures:

Select any four 5000 or 6000-level THEO Scripture courses listed below:

THEO 5310 - The Gospels

THEO 5321 - Early Life and Letters of Paul

THEO 5322 - Later Life and Letters of Paul

THEO 5336 - The General Epistles

THEO 5360 - Special Topics in Religion

THEO 6303 - Biblical Greek Linguistics and Exegetical Tools

THEO 6322 - Old Testament Readings: Pentateuch

THEO 6323 - Old Testament Readings: Prophets

THEO 6324 - Old Testament Readings: Psalms & Wisdom Literature

THEO 6333 - New Testament Readings: Synoptic Gospels

THEO 6334 - New Testament Readings: Johannine Literature

THEO 6335 - New Testament Readings: Pauline Epistles

THEO 6336 - New Testament Readings: The General Epistles

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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