Dallas Baptist University Online (DBU Online)

Dallas Baptist University was originally the Decatur Baptist College, which was established in 1898 and relocated to Dallas in 1965 as the Dallas Baptist College, the first two-year institution of higher education in Texas. The Dallas Baptist College first opened as a junior-college in 1968 and first awarded bachelor’s degrees in May 1970 with “a commitment to providing quality, Christian higher education through the integration of faith and learning,” according to the Dallas Baptist University website.

The college officially became the Dallas Baptist University in 1985, and began offering graduate studies with a Masters of Business Administration degree program in 1981 followed by 21 additional master’s degree programs. Its first doctoral programs, the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, were initiated in December 2004. Dallas Baptist University began offering accredited online degree programs in 1998 and maintains a 92% student course completion rate.

Programs Offered

Dallas Baptist University comprises seven colleges offering 68 undergraduate majors, 54 online degree programs, 22 master’s programs, 44 dual master’s degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. They also offer several accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, which integrate compatible bachelor’s and master’s degrees into a single program of study (for instance, a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Theory and a Master of Arts in Communication are combined into one accelerated program). Dallas Baptist University Online offers undergraduate degree programs including a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in biblical studies, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with concentrations in communication, criminal justice, health care management, and sociology. Online masters programs offered include a Master of Arts in Christian Education, a Master of Arts in Management, and a Master of Business Administration. DBU offers two dual degree programs: Dual Master Degrees and Accelerated Bachelor and Master Degrees.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Dallas Baptist University to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees since 1959.


All first year undergraduate applicants to Dallas Baptist University must submit a fully completed DBU Application for Undergraduate Admission, a non-refundable application fee, a 250-word typewritten essay relating why the applicant would like to attend Dallas Baptist University, and a minimum standardized composite test score of 21 on the ACT or a combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1020 on the SAT.

First year applicants are also required to submit an official high school transcript, including official school stamp and/or administrator’s signature, in a sealed envelope bearing the school’s logo. DBU requires a 2.5 high school grade point average. Dallas Baptist University participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Board and awards credit for specific AP tests. In addition to the requirements of the specific program, master’s program applicants are required to submit a formal application of admission, a non-refundable $25 admission application fee, an official transcript from each institution attended as an undergraduate, two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a statement of purpose, and a current professional résumé.

Admissions Contact

Dallas Baptist University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211-9299

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