Master of Arts 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.


Bible 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, & Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification & 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
PM105 Christian Life and Witness 3
Spiritual Formation (4 semesters) 0
Electives 15
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Meet Our Graduates

John Saddington creates digital
platforms for God's Word

Naima Lett is changing Hollywood
from the inside out


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 MAMW 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 MAMW 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


In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, located on the MA Overview page, 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 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 65 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 will develop 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.

Media Arts and Worship electives include the following Directed Studies in Media Arts:

  • MW901 Independent Studies (1–4 hrs.)
  • MW905 Special Topics in Media Arts and Worship

    MW905 Special Topics courses in the department of Media Arts and Worship are Immersion Courses. They including the following:
  1. Calvin Festival: Writing & Writers, Grand Rapids, MI
  2. Theology at Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
  3. SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Conference, Austin, TX
  4. Calvin Worship Institute Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Medieval Art & Spirituality, Orvieto, Italy

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 be in residence in Dallas for the full degree may be able to complete the Spiritual Formation in a different format. Contact the Department for more information.

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.

Degree Plan*

First Year

Fall Semester

BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
PM105Christian Life and Witness3
MW101The Art of Media and Worship3
SF100-1Spiritual Formation1 

Spring Semester

BE102Old Testament History I3
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles3
SF100-2Spiritual Formation1 

Second Year

Fall Semester

BE103OT History II & Poetry2
BE104OT Prophets3
BE106Acts & Pauline Epistles3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology3
ST105Sanctification & Ecclesiology3
MW102Media Arts Apprenticeship2
SF100-3Spiritual Formation1 

Spring Semester

BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation3
MW103A Christian View of Art3
SF100-4Spiritual Formation1 
  1. Completion of SF100 Spiritual Formation requires two calendar years. 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. The first Spiritual Formation class is only offered in the fall semester. See the Educational Ministries and Leadership department section of this catalog for more information.
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*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.

The former name of this degree was "MA in Media and Communication."