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MA in Media Arts and Worship (MAMW)

The professional Master of Arts in Media Arts and Worship degree enhances the ministries of worship leaders, writers, and other media practitioners by providing biblical and theological insight to the arts.

Overview

Develop eyes to see theological truths in arts, culture, media, and worship

Join a community of men and women dedicated to the the beauty of the Gospel expressed through the beauty of human creativity.

Change by creating

The MAMW is unique for its emphasis in cultivating habits of human creativity as a vital aspect of what it means to be made in the image of God and as a key means of glorifying God through creation.

All 66 books of the Bible

A 2-year MA at DTS offers more Bible and theology than a 3-year MDiv at most seminaries, including all 66 books (even Nahum) and an entire course on the Trinity.

Curriculum

Theological reflection on the arts and worship

The 2-year MA programs at DTS have a common core of Bible and theology coursework along with specific training in culture formation, arts, and worship tailored to deepen your existing skills and augment them with new ones.

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Biblical Exposition 22
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE104 OT Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 3
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3
Arts and Worship Theology 8
MW101 The Art of Media and Worship 3
MW102 Media Arts Apprenticeship 2
MW103 A Christian View of Art 3
Electives & Spiritual Formation 18
Elective(s) 15
PM105 Christian Life and Witness 3
SF100 Spiritual Formation 0
Details

Common Goals for Professional MA Programs

Students in all of professional MA programs at DTS will be able to:

  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of the major books;
  • evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, a knowledge of premillennial theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues; and
  • evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.

Goals for MA in Media Arts and Worship

In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, students in this program will be able to:

  • articulate the role of art and worship in shaping and expressing Christian life;
  • express the interdependence of theology and art;
  •  develop and demonstrate a model of collaboration designed to serve and shape culture through the arts and worship;
  • demonstrate Spirit-empowered leadership that recognizes others’ gifts and encourages their creative development; and
  • develop a model of creativity integrated with Spirit-directed work habits that leads to sustainable professional practices.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the MAMW degree program or the ThM emphasis in the Department of Media Arts and Worship, in addition to the regular requirements for admission to the school, will be required to include the Department of Media Arts and Worship Admissions Inventory. Admission to the degree program is contingent upon departmental approval. Students interested in a ThM Ministry Emphasis in Media Arts and Worship also need to take the Media Arts and Worship Admissions Inventory.

Course Requirements

Sixty-six semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Twenty-two of the 66 hours are prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 are prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 3 are in the Christian Life and Witness course, 6 are in prescribed Media Arts courses, and 2 are in the Media Arts and Worship apprenticeship in which the student develops a professional portfolio, in a eld experience context. The remaining 15 hours must be taken in media arts and worship electives. Students may receive credit in the Department of Media Arts and Worship for several courses taken in other departments. No thesis is required for the MAMW degree.

Students in the MA in Media Arts and Worship (MAMW) program are required to take MinistrySafe’s Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. 

Spiritual Formation

Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MAMW students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups each of their first four consecutive fall and spring semesters at either the Dallas campus or Houston Campus. (MAMW students who are not planning to move to Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Spiritual Formation Office and apply for an alternative program for completing their Spiritual Formation requirement.)

In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry. Since students participate with the same small group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. Internship prerequisites include successful completion of SF100-1, PM102, and completion of half of their DTS course work.

Immersion

Travel with DTS professors around the world

Learn alongside a community of artists and thinkers in unique immersion courses that expose you to film, literature, architecture, and new people and experiences.

Medieval Art and Spirituality (MW201)

This course is an immersive experience held on location in Italy. Students, accompanied by a DTS professor in the department, interact with art, practices, key people, and theological ideas as they visit medieval cities such as Venice, Milan, Florence, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, and Rome. Group members stay in monasteries and experience spiritual disciplines practiced by the medieval church.

Calvin Festival: Writing and Writers (MW202)

This course offers an immersive experience in which students, accompanied by a DTS professor in the department, interact with critically acclaimed writers and their writing. Attention is given on ways to incorporate faith themes winsomely. The course takes place in conjunction with the biennial Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Calvin Symposium: Worship Arts in
the Church (MW203)

In this immersive-experience course, students, accompanied by a DTS professor in the department, participate in worship experiences and interact with worship-arts professionals in conjunction with the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Theology at Sundance Film Festival (MW204)

This course provides an opportunity for students, accompanied by a DTS professor in the department, to dialog with the film industry (movies and people) from a theological perspective. Students will attend Sundance Film Festival, one of the most significant film festivals in the world. While at the festival, the class will take part in the Windrider Forum in order to meet and discuss theological issues with about 150 other Christians.

South by Southwest SXSW (MW205)

This course is a supervised cultural immersive experience at the annual SXSW Conference and Festivals held in March in Austin, Texas. The course focuses on increasing the student’s understanding and appreciation of divine revelation in culture. The emphasis of the course is on music; students will dialogue with musicians and others in the music industry in an integrative and interactive environment.

British Authors, Biblical Themes (MW206)

A study of British authors who incorporated biblical themes into their classic literary works. A two-week immersive experience on location in England interacting with British authors who incorporated biblical themes into both their fiction and non-fiction.

Stories

Graduates expressing the gospel through beauty

God has given our graduates incredible gifts that they express through music, writing, dance, speaking, app building, and other expressions of God’s love for creativity.

Christian Radio Host Rebecca Carrell as the Prodigal Daughter
Serving in the Arts
Professional Actor Reaches Out to Hollywood and Church
Linda Tomczak on Being an Artist
William Duce Branch Ministers to the Hip-Hop Culture
Finances

Graduate from seminary debt-free

Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 4 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year. 

Scholarship List

Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.

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Doctrine

What we believe

DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.

Bible
the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
Trinity
the Trinity
Hypostatic Union
Christ’s full deity and humanity
Gavel
the spiritual lostness of the human race
Resurrection
Christ’s substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
Salvation
salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
Return of Christ
the physical return of Christ
Admissions

How to get started

The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.

Application Steps

Start

1. Submit Application

Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.

transcripts

2. Send Transcripts and References

Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.

Committee

3. Committee Evaluation

DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.

Register

4. Register for courses

When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.

Admissions Criteria

Faith

You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.

Character

Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.

Gifting

You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.

Academics

Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.

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