Accelerate – BA Communications + Master of Divinity

Accelerate allows students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts, Communications major and the Master of Divinity in 5 years. As such, the Accelerate program incorporates the purpose and learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts, Communications degree, preparing graduates for service in local church ministry, evangelism, international or North American missions, denominational service, and/or other Christian ministries by providing increased knowledge of the Bible and its interpretation.

Communications Outcomes
Students completing the Communications major will be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the role of communications within both a Christian and secular context.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively employ communication skills within a business organization or ministry setting.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to competently plan, organize, and direct communications endeavors.
  4. Integrate a biblical worldview into the practice of communications.

Program Completion and Duration
The Accelerate program allows students to complete the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in 165 total hours, over 5 years of study. Accelerate students enjoy substantial contact with ministry leaders and other Christian professionals, in a cohort structure that links theory with practice throughout their courses of study. Applicants to the Accelerate program must submit additional documentation in the admissions process and agree to take each year’s required number of courses. Students enrolled in Accelerate must maintain a 3.0 GPA at all levels and attend the mandatory amount of cohort meetings assigned by the Dean of Spurgeon College.

Students who cannot meet the requirements of Accelerate will be transferred to the standard Bachelor of Arts or Master of Divinity degree programs, depending on the extent of their progress thus far. Students successfully completing the program will complete both degrees within five academic years. Accelerate students will be considered undergraduate students and will be eligible for undergraduate financial aid for their first 4 academic years of enrollment at Spurgeon College. Following the completion of their 4th academic year, Accelerate students will be considered graduate students and will be eligible for graduate financial aid.


General Education (42 hours)

  • BN170 Introduction to Business & Finance
  • CM110 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • GE101 English Composition I
  • GE102 English Composition II
  • GE135 Quantitative Reasoning
  • GE185 Introduction to Physical Science
  • GE240 Survey of World Literature
  • GS101 Foundations for Kingdom Success
  • HM300 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HM344 Christianity & the Arts
  • HS210 or HS211 American History I or II
  • HT200 Introduction to Ethics
  • HT411 World Religions
  • PY100 Introduction to Psychology

Communications Major (33 hours)

  • BN230 Introduction to Marketing
  • CM120 Visual Communication
  • CM150 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • CM201 Principles of Public Relations
  • CM210 Principles of Crisis Communication
  • CM220 Online Presence
  • CM301 Journalism I
  • CM302 Journalism II
  • CM310 Advanced Public Speaking
  • CM405 Advanced Visual Communication
  • CM450 Communication Studies Capstone

Additional Undergraduate Courses (18 hours)

  • BS204 Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • HT112 Church History I
  • HT113 Church History II
  • HT450 The Church
  • MS201 Global Missions
  • XXXXX Undergraduate Elective

Graduate + Undergraduate Credit by Exam (30 hours)

  • BS2210* Old Testament Survey I
  • BS2211* Old Testament Survey II
  • BS2310* New Testament Survey I
  • BS2311* New Testament Survey II
  • MN5060* Evangelism & Discipleship

*Taken on Graduate level with undergraduate credit given upon successful completion of a Credit-by-Exam. In lieu of the exam, students may also take the undergraduate course in addition to the Graduate level course.

Master of Divinity Coursework (42 hours)

  • CE8345** Biblical Leadership and Administration for the Church
  • HT3110** Baptist History
  • HT3200** Theology I
  • HT3201** Theology II
  • HT3300** Introduction to Apologetics
  • BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I
  • BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II
  • BS2300 Elementary Greek I
  • BS2301 Elementary Greek II
  • MN5161 Expository Preaching I: Sermon Prep  Practicum1
  • MN5162 Expository Preaching I: Sermon Delivery Practicum2
  • MN5430 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry3

**Taken on Graduate Level and will fulfill requirements towards a BA as stipulated by HLC 3+2 Program.

Choose 2 from below:

  • MN5450 Applied Ecclesiology Practicum
  • MN5468 Leadership Practicum
  • BC5510 Biblical Counseling in the Local Church
  • CM9100 Biblical Foundations of Worship

1. Female students take CE8110 Principles of Teaching I.
2. Female students take CE8111 Principles of Teaching II
3 Female Students take CE8411 Age Group Ministry