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Master of Arts in Media Arts and Worship (MA/MW)*

The MA/MW program trains ministers who want to integrate a sound biblical and theological education with training in the media arts. The program, which assumes the student has some training or experience in the arts, enhances the ministries of worship leaders, writers, and other media practitioners.

Curriculum

Bible Exposition22
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
BE102Old Testament History I3
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
BE105The Gospels2
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
Systematic Theology20
HT200History of Doctrine2
ST101Introduction to Theology3
ST102Trinitarianism3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
ST104Soteriology3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
ST106Eschatology3
Creativity & Communication8
MW101Creativity3
MW102A Christian View of Art3
MW601Media Arts and Worship Practicum I1
MW602Media Arts and Worship Practicum II1
Electives & Spiritual Formation17
PM101Spiritual Life2
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters)0
MAMC Electives15
Total67
67Hours
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Meet Our Graduates

John Saddington creates digital
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Hear What Our Graduates Are Saying

"When the Lord called me into ministry, I felt sure that it meant the pastorate. Even though I grew up engaged in the visual arts and pursued a writing degree in college, I assumed the Lord expected me to abandon these things in order to help pastor a church. But through my time at DTS, the Lord made clear that His plan for me incorporated, not abandoned, the ways He wired me to serve - and that includes writing and the visual arts. As I pursued the MA/MW degree at DTS, my excitement for serving Him in this way grew. By His grace, I now serve in a communications role at a missions organization, writing and designing pieces that share with our missionaries and our supporters various ways in which God is at work in our midst. The MA/MW degree enriched my call to ministry, showing me how God can use my engagement in the arts to advance His kingdom."

Jonathan Deatherage
Communications Specialist, Camino Global

"My time at Dallas Seminary gave me the tools to accurately study and communicate God's Word. The classroom setting and the interaction with professors and peers allowed me to develop my writing and speaking skills, and it also opened many doors for future ministry. Even after graduating, I still glean from these resources and from the ongoing relationships I formed during my time at DTS. "

Amanda Knight DeWitt
Freelance Writer and Speaker, Journey of Sisters | Blog

Program Goals

By the time of graduation the student will show evidence that he or she is able to:

  • Communicate biblical and theological knowledge to a contemporary audience.
  • Articulate an understanding of the role of art in Christian thought and communication.
  • Demonstrate specialization in writing, presentation, and/or worship arts.
  • Demonstrate the integration of media arts into effective Christian communication.
  • Construct and present a media presentation using effective production principles.

Course Requirements

Sixty-seven semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Twenty-two of the 67 hours are prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 are prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 2 are in Historical Theology, 2 are in Spiritual Life, 6 are in prescribed Media Arts courses, and 2 are in Media Arts and Worship practica in which the student will develop a professional portfolio, in a field experience context. The remaining 15 hours must be taken in media arts and communication electives, with at least one elective taken in each of the three major program divisions—writing, presentation, and worship—listed below. All electives are taken in consultation with the program adviser.

No thesis is required for the MA/MW degree. There is a seven year time limit on completing any professional MA program.

Writing
MW301 Creative Writing in Ministry (3)
MW302 Writing for Publication (3)
Presentation
NT408 Jesus in the Media (3) PM103 Expository Preaching I (3)
MW201 Intro. to Audio Broadcasting (3)
MW202 Creative Audio Production for Ministry (3)
MW401 Publishing Layout and Design for Ministry (3)
MW501 Video Production for Ministry (3)
MW801 Reading Scripture to Change Lives (3)
MW802 Dramatizing Scripture (3)
MW502 Audiovisual Presentations (1)
Worship
BE503 The Psalms and the Worship of God (2)
PM302 Pastoral Theology and Leadership II (2 or 3)
MW701 Intro. to Hymnology (2)
MW702 Intro. to Praise and Worship Music (2)
MW703 Seminar in Worship Arts (2)
Independent Study
MW904 Independent Study in Media Arts (1–4)

Spiritual Formation

Because DTS values character and spiritual maturity, MA/MW students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups each of their first four semesters of study. Students taking extension, summer school, or compressed-schedule courses must contact the Spiritual Formation director regarding fulfillment of their Spiritual Formation requirements.

In the Spiritual Formation curriculum small groups (six to eight students) focus on identity, community, integrity, and ministry. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, career assessment, and the integration of learning with ministry. Additionally, the groups act as the small group component of all required internships. As courses should be taken consecutively, students are encouraged to arrange their schedules so they may stay in the same group each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. The prerequisite for all required internships is SF101 Spiritual Formation I (Identity).

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and application procedures for professional MA degree programs are the same as for all programs of study at the Seminary.  Students generally will not be admitted into a degree program without goals consistent with the ministries for which the program is designed to equip them. Those applying to the MA in Media Arts and Worship program will need to demonstrate appropriate academic and practical preparation broadly related to the field of media arts. Assessment of this foundational preparation occurs through the application, which requires a Media Arts Ministry Experience Inventory.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of some credit is allowed toward the professional MA programs from accredited graduate theological schools. Up to 34 hours of credit may be transferred toward the MA in Media Arts and Worship. 

Students must have earned a grade of C or better for a course to be considered in transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s Office for information on eligibility for transfer credit.

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Introduction to Theology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
MW101Creativity3
SF100Spiritual Formation1 
Elective(s)26
  17 

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE102Old Testament History I3
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
ST102Trinitarianism3
Elective(s)26
  17 

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
HT200History of Doctrine2
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
MW601Media Arts and Worship Practicum I1
  17 

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
ST104Soteriology3
ST106Eschatology3
MW102A Christian View of Art3
MW602Media Arts and Worship Practicum II1
Elective(s)23
  16 
  1. Students have two calendar years (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) to complete the SF100 Spiritual Formation requirement. Students who register for SF100 need to keep in mind that the course is a four-semester-long course that will meet at the same day and time each of the four semesters. See the Spiritual Formation and Leadership department for more information.
  2. At least one elective must be chosen from each of the three areas of Writing, Presentation, and Worship. (See Details tab for a listing of courses in each category.)
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*The former name of this degree was "MA in Media and Communication."