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BA, Business Leadership + MDiv

Accelerate gives students an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts, Business Leadership 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, Business Leadership 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.

Business Leadership Major Outcomes

Students graduating with the Business Leadership major will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role, place, and scope of business nationally and internationally
  2. Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, and direct business endeavors
  3. Integrate a biblical worldview in the practice of business.

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 first four years of the program will graduate with the Bachelor of Arts, Business Leadership. Once the fifth year of Accelerate is completed, students are awarded the Master of Divinity degree through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Course Catalog

General Education                                            48 hrs

BN170     Introduction to Business & Finance           3 hrs
CM110     Introduction to Public Speaking               3 hrs
GE101      English Composition I                            3 hrs
GE102      English Composition II                           3 hrs
GE135      Quantitative Reasoning                           3 hrs
GE185      Introduction to Physical Science               3 hrs
GE205      World Geography                                  3 hrs
GE240      Survey of World Literature                      3 hrs
GS101      Foundations for Kingdom Success            3 hrs
HM300     Introduction to Philosophy                      3 hrs
HM344     Christianity & the Arts                          3 hrs
HS210 or
HS211      American History I or II                         3 hrs
HT113      Church History II                                  3 hrs
HT411      World Religions                                    3 hrs
MS201     Global Missions                                    3 hrs
PY100      Introduction to Psychology                      3 hrs

Business Leadership Major                               36 Hrs

BN201     Principles of Financial Accounting           3 hrs
BN202     Principles of Managerial Accounting         3 hrs
BN214     Data & Information Systems                   3 hrs
BN220     Principles of Microeconomics                  3 hrs
BN225     Principles of Macroeconomics                 3 hrs
BN230     Introduction to Marketing                       3 hrs
BN250     Introduction to Finance                           3 hrs
BN317     Human Resource Management                 3 hrs
BN365     Business Law and Ethics                         3 hrs
BN375     Poverty and Wealth                               3 hrs
BN465     Entrepreneurial Leadership                      3 hrs
BN466     Not-for-Profit Leadership                        3 hrs

Additional Undergraduate Courses                     9 Hrs

BS204      Introduction to Hermeneutics                   3 hrs
HT112      Church History I                                   3 hrs
HT200      Introduction to Ethics                             3 hrs

Graduate + Undergraduate Credit by Exam       30 Hrs

BS2210*   Old Testament Survey I                          3 hrs
BS2211*   Old Testament Survey II                         3 hrs
BS2310*   New Testament Survey I                         3 hrs
BS2311*   New Testament Survey II                        3 hrs
MN5060* Evangelism & Discipleship                     3 hrs

Master of Divinity Courses                                42 hrs

CE8301** Church Administration                           3 hrs
HT3110** Baptist History                                      3 hrs
HT3200** Theology I                                           3 hrs
HT3201** Theology II                                          3 hrs


BS2200    Elementary Hebrew I                             3 hrs
BS2201    Elementary Hebrew II                            3 hrs
BS2300    Elementary Greek I                                3 hrs
BS2301    Elementary Greek II                               3 hrs
HT3300    Introduction to Apologetics                     3 hrs
MN5110   Principles of Preaching[1]                         3 hrs
MN5111   Expository Preaching Laboratory[2]            3 hrs
MN5430   Introduction to Pastoral Ministry[3]             3 hrs
MN5468   Leadership Practicum                             3 hrs
MS7011    Missiology                                           3 hrs


*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.

[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

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