The Master of Arts in Christian Education is the basic degree program offered by the School of Church and Family Ministries and is primarily for those persons preparing for Christian educational ministry in a church setting. Thirty-eight hours of this 67-hour program consist of biblical and theological studies. Elective hours may be taken in any of several concentration areas: Administration, Biblical Counseling, Family and Children's Ministry, Family and Recreational Ministries, Collegiate Ministry, Hispanic Studies, Missions, Family and Student Ministry, Teaching and Discipleship, Family Ministry, Women's Ministry, and Worship.
The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is a 65-hour program of study designed primarily to equip Christian men and women to minster God's Word through counseling in the context of the local church or other Christian ministries. The degree includes 35 hours of theological preparation vital for effectively interpreting and ministering the Word of God, as well as 30 hours of counseling courses that will prepare students to apply God's Word in both formal and informal counseling settings.
The Doctor of Educational Ministry degree prepares graduates for leadership in biblical educational ministry. Intended for those who are presently involved in educational ministry leadership, this degree is designed to build upon the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary or its equivalent. The D.Ed.Min. challenges the student to think biblically about educational ministry in the church and home, and its focus on the application of Scriptures to ministry means that it is structured so that students can attend seminars while continuing to work in the ministry setting. Major fields of study include Educational Leadership, Biblical Counseling, Family Ministry, Childhood Ministry Leadership, and Student Ministry Leadership.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares graduates for leadership in the field of Christian Education. The program is designed to develop the skills of sound scholarship, an understanding of the fundamental authority of the Scriptures over our philosophy and practice, and the creative leadership necessary to teach in a graduate institution or to serve in a significant place of service. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is conferred on the basis of high scholarship and research skill as demonstrated by the student's resident work, examinations, and dissertation. Major fields of study include Foundations of Education, Biblical Counseling, Family and Generational Studies, and Administration. Students may minor in any of the fields listed above with the addition of Student Ministry, Family Ministry, Children's Ministry, and Women's Ministry.