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Accelerate MDiv

Accelerate gives students an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies and the Master of Divinity in 5 years. As such, the Accelerate program incorporates the purpose and learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies 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.

Accelerate Outcomes

Students completing the Biblical Studies major will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate increased understanding of biblical material
  2. Interpret Scripture using appropriate hermeneutical and historically informed principles
  3. Demonstrate skill in communicating biblical truth.

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. Students enrolled in Accelerate must maintain a 3.0 GPA while taking 30 credit hours per academic year to remain in the program. Accelerate students must also 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 first four years of the program will graduate with the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. Once the fifth year of Accelerate is completed, students are awarded the Masters of Divinity degree through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Course List

General Education (45 Hours)

  • GE101 English Composition I
  • GE102 English Composition II
  • GE135 Quantitative Reasoning
  • GE205 World Geography
  • PY100 Introduction to Psychology
  • CM110 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • GE240 Survey of World Literature
  • GE185 Introduction to Physical Science
  • BN170 Introduction to Business and Finance
  • HM300 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HM344 Christianity and the Arts
  • HS210 or HS211 American History I or II
  • HT411 World Religions
  • MS201 Global Missions
  • GS181 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
  • GS382 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
  • GS483 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

Other Undergraduate (24 Hours)

  • HT200 Introduction to Ethics
  • HT450 The Church
  • HT 460 Biblical Theology
  • Undergraduate Electives (15 hrs)

Graduate + UG CBE Classes (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*

Graduate Foundational Core Classes (24 Hours)

  • BS2400 Introduction to Hermeneutics**
  • HT3110 Baptist History
  • HT3200 Theology I**
  • HT3201 Theology II**
  • HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics
  • MN5110 Principles of Preaching***
  • MN5111 Expository Preaching Lab***
  • Graduate Elective

MDiv Courses (42 Hours)

  • BS2200 Elementary Hebrew I**
  • BS2201 Elementary Hebrew II**
  • BS2300 Elementary Greek I**
  • BS2300 Elementary Greek II**
  • CE8301 Church Administration**
  • HT3100 History of Christianity I**
  • HT3101 History of Christianity II**
  • HT3400 Christian Ethics
  • MN5430 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry**/***
  • MN5648 Leadership Practicum**
  • MS7011 Missiology
  • Practicum
  • Practicum
  • Graduate Elective


*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.

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

***Female students take CE8411 Age Group Ministry, CE8110 Principles of Teaching I, and CE8111 Principles of Teaching II

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