Baylor University regents approved adding a new joint master’s program in divinity and business administration and two doctoral programs in the School of Music at their quarterly meeting that wrapped up Friday in Waco.
The joint MDiv/MBA degree is designed to give students interested in church or ministry leadership a business foundation for managing a church budget and other administrative duties.
It also targets students interested in working for nonprofits.
“A lot of ministers, sometimes churches feel they don’t have the business training, so they need that numeracy, some business wisdom and how to operate,” said David Garland, dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett Seminary. “A lot of churches have very big budgets, so to be good stewards of the gifts that people give to the church, it’s important to have folks that understand how to administer things well.”
Garland said the degree would also open doors for missionaries traveling overseas to either boost their ministries or aid in creating opportunities to make income to support themselves.
The four-year program will be offered to students beginning in the fall 2013 semester. Students must apply and be accepted to both Truett Seminary and Hankamer School of Business.
The regents in February approved the creation of a joint MBA and master’s of social work degree, and a new program coupling a bachelor of science in education with a master’s of public health in community education.
Board Chairman Richard Willis said increasing joint degree programs will diversify the skills graduates can bring to their professions and make them more attractive to employers.
“As the world gets more complex, people need to have different skill sets to be able to do their jobs,” Willis said. “Now we can have somebody that has a financial background that can be helpful in the church.
“So let’s look at different things we do within the university, see if we can do some combinations and be able to leverage what we’re already doing for students,” he said.
Also, the regents approved the creation of a doctor of philosophy in church music degree, and a doctoral degree in musical arts. Both will be offered in the fall 2014 semester.