Degree Overview

Master of Arts in Christian Education

The Master of Arts in Christian Education is the basic degree program offered by the School of Educational Ministries and is primarily for those persons preparing for Christian educational ministry in a church setting. 32 hours of this 61-hour program consist of foundational studies, and 29 hours consist of general ministry preparation, core studies in educational ministry, and elective hours. Elective hours may be taken in any of several concentration areas within the School of Educational Ministries: Administration, Biblical Counseling, Collegiate Ministry, Family Ministry, Family and Children's Ministry, Family and Recreational Ministries, Family and Student Ministry, Teaching and Discipleship, and Women's Ministry. Alternative concentrations are available in other areas, including Hispanic Studies, Missions, and Worship.

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is a 65-hour program of study designed primarily to equip Christian men and women to minister God's Word through counseling in the context of the local church or other Christian ministries. The degree includes 35 hours of foundational studies vital for effectively interpreting and ministering the Word of God, as well as 30 hours of general ministry preparation and counseling courses that will prepare students to apply God's Word in both formal and informal counseling settings.

Doctor of Educational Ministry

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 their ministry setting. Major fields of study include Biblical Counseling, Childhood Ministry Leadership, Educational Leadership, Family Ministry, and Student Ministry Leadership.

Doctor of Philosophy

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 seminar work, examinations, and dissertation. Major fields of study include Administration, Biblical Counseling, Family and Generational Studies, and Foundations of Education. Students may minor in any of the fields listed above with the addition of Children's Ministry, Family Ministry, Student Ministry, and Women's Ministry.