Accelerate Your Path To

Deacon or Elder

Earn your bachelor's and master's degree at the same time!

Save time, save money and earn two degrees you need for leadership positions in your church. 

Bachelor of Arts + Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

  • Earn at least 24 credits from United's Course of Study (COS), Certificate in Service & Leadership (CSL), or Certificate in Thelology and Ministry (CTM) programs.  
  • Take a minimum of 30 credits from DWU's online offerings. 
  • Receive up to 36 credits for professional experience. 
  • Add an additional 30 credits from United's MACM program. 

Want to learn more?

What can you expect?

Credits granted for the completion of the CSL, COS, CTM 


Online coursework


7-week courses

Path to Deacon or Elder positions
Practical, relevant and student-centered programs
Interested in Applying?
"We are thankful for the partnership between Dakota Wesleyan University and United Theological Seminary which will provide pathways to ministry through certificate programs, bachelor's and master's degrees. DWU and United both put students first and creatively design programs to enable students to reach their educational goals."
- The Rev. Dr. Kent Millard, DWU Life Trustee and President of United Theological Seminary






Need an MDIV? It takes just ONE MORE YEAR. 
Explore all that the DWU and United Partnership has to offer ministry leaders. 

Scholarship Information

The following programs may be available to you. 

Local Foundations 

Check with your local denominational Foundation office. Your conference, synod, presbetary and local church may also have scholarship money available.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (United Methodist Only)

Applications open December 15th and will close March 24th. 

If interested, complete a general application form. GBHEM will match your application to the scholarship that best fits your needs. 

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (United Methodist Only) 

If interested, complete a general application form. UMHEF will match your application to the scholarship that best fits your needs. 

Dollars for Scholars Program 

Dollars for Scholars is a unique source of funding with its own application process. Applications close in March annually. You may be eligible for both a general scholarship and a Dollars for Scholars award.

Your Contact

As you explore this offering, you will work with an admissions representative. 

Rachel Giblin

Associate Director of Admissions

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