In partnership with Dallas Baptist University

M.Div. + MBA

A versatile degree for today’s church and marketplace.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Baptist University have partnered together to offer a joint Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration degree.

Under this agreement, effective with the fall 2020 semester, graduate students who meet both institution’s requirements for admission and prerequisites for both schools can earn the MDiv from Southwestern Seminary and the MBA from DBU with certain coursework at each institution satisfying requirements for coursework at the partner institution. 

With this new dual degree, we hope that many men and women would further prepare themselves not only with a Master of Divinity but with an MBA that would serve them all over the world in terms of the mission field and opportunities for them to take the Gospel to every tribe, every tongue, every nation, and every people.

Official Press Release

Official Press Release

This new degree was formally announced on October 27, 2020. Learn more about this partnership in the official press release.

Hear from DBU & SWBTS Leadership

Hear from DBU & SWBTS Leadership

The footage from the official October 27 press release is available for viewing on YouTube.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions

If you would like to learn more about this degree, reach out to the SWBTS Admissions Office for more information.

The MDiv MBA dual degree between SWBTS and DBU allows students to bring in up to 12 hours from one degree into another, thus cutting the time required to complete both degrees by a semester. Students can bring in 6 hours from the M.Div into their MBA core, or complete 12 hours at SWBTS to fulfill the MBA Management Concentration at DBU, or use a MBA concentration in Non-profit Leadership to fulfill their SWBTS free elective requirements.

  • Students participating in this program must meet DBU’s MBA Foundational Requirements listed below. These requirements can be fulfilled by undergraduate credit (B grade in equivalent course at a regionally accredited university):
    • Survey of Accounting ACCT 5311*
    • Managerial Economics ECON 5311*
    • Foundations of Finance FINA 51.521*
    • Business Legal Environment MANA 51.522*
    • Research and Statistics MANA 6303
    • Marketing Concepts MRKT 51.521*
  • For more information, click here.

*Available online through DBU

  • There are three ways students can transfer credit into the other degree, only one option can be selected.

1. SWBTS to DBU6 hours of Core Curriculum

SWBTS CourseDBU CourseHours Transferred
EDMIN 3043, or
CLEAD 3013, or
CLEAD 3023, or
CLEAD 3033
MANA 6310 – Leadership in Management*3
ETHIC 4303, or
ETHIC 4323, or
MISSN 5393
MANA 6320 – Business Ethics*3
*Prerequisites for the MBA required

2. SWBTS to DBU Management Concentration (12 hours)

SWBTS CourseDBU ConcentrationHours Transferred
MISSN 4433 Business as MissionsMBA Management Concentration12 hours
MISSN 4463 Leadership and Teams in Missions
MISSN 5393 Cross-Cultural Ethics
CLEAD 3013 Shared Leadership in the Local Church, or
CLEAD 3023 Leading Change in the Local Church, or
CLEAD 3033 Personal and Church Leadership Development

3. DBU Concentration in Non-Profit Leadership for SWBTS M.Div Free Elective Hours (12 hours)

DBU CoursesHours Transferred to SWBTS
ACCT 6344 Nonprofit Accounting, Resource Development3
MANA 6348 Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations3
MANA 6349 Creative Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations3
MRKT 6340 Marketing Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations3
  • Students applying to Southwestern will need to meet Southwestern Seminary’s application standards. Requirements for application can be found here.
  • Students applying to DBU will need to meet the criteria found here.

Applicants will need to apply at both SWBTS (M.Div) and DBU (MBA) in order to start this program.

“This represents, I believe, a bold, compelling vision for theological education, for higher education, that really is unprecedented in our world, and the kind of cross-collaborative relationship that I hope will prayerfully be an increasing reality given the cultural situation we find ourselves in today.” 

Adam W. Greenway
President, Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College

Got Questions? Get in touch with the SWBTS Admissions Office:
Toll-Free: 1.800.SWBTS.01
Local: 817.923.1921 x2700
Fax: 817.921.8757
Email: Admissions@swbts.edu