Accelerate – BA Intercultural Studies + Master of Divinity, International Church PLanting

The Accelerate: Missions gives students an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts, Intercultural Studies and the Master of Divinity, International Church Planting concentration in 5 years. As such, the Accelerate program incorporates the purpose and learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts, Intercultural Studies degree, providing graduates introductory experience in Christian missions, combined with formal instruction in cultural studies as well as biblical and theological foundations for international missionary service

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

  1. Interpret Scripture using theologically and historically informed principles.
  2. Demonstrate skill in communicating biblical truth crossculturally.
  3. Demonstrate basic leadership skills in Christian missions and ministry.

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

Intercultural Studies Major (36 hours)

  • BC100 Fundamentals of Biblical Counseling
  • CE405 Making Disciples
  • GE111 Physical Education I
  • GE112 Physical Education II
  • GE220 First Aid
  • IC395 Fusion Internship or CE210 Christian Leadership
  • HT460 Biblical Theology
  • IC101 Personal Leadership Development
  • IC301 International Security & Risk Mgmt
  • MS220 Foreign Language I
  • MS221 Foreign Language II
  • MN250 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies
  • MS350 Missions Practicum
  • MS420 International Leadership

Additional Undergraduate Courses (15 hours)

  • FL441 Hebrew I and FL442 Hebrew II or FL451 Greek I and FL452 Greek II
  • HT113 Church History II
  • HT450 The Church
  • MS201 Global Missions

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)

  • BS4200** Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • HT3110** Baptist History
  • HT3200** Theology I
  • HT3201** Theology II
  • HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
  • 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.

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

International Church Planting Concentration (18 Hours)

  • Graduate Biblical Language I and Graduate Biblical Language II (take Hebrew if undergrad biblical language was Greek; take Greek if undergraduate biblical language was Hebrew)
  • MS7209 Cross-Cultural Com./Lang. Learning
  • MS7221 Cross-Cultural Church Planting Practicum
  • MS7217 International Church Planting Practicum I
  • MS7218 International Church Planting Pract II