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BA, Biblical Studies + MDiv (Korean)

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.

Biblical Studies 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 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 in Biblical Studies. 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                                            45 hrs

BN170     Introduction to Business & Finance           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
GS1410    Creative Writing Skills                            1 hr
GS1420    Creative Presentation Skills                      1 hr
GS1430    Logical Discussion Skills                         1 hr
GS150      English Speaking I                                 3 hrs
GS151      English Speaking II                               3 hrs
GS250      English Speaking III                              3 hrs
HM300     Introduction to Philosophy                      3 hrs
HM344     Christianity & the Arts                          3 hrs
HS155      Korean History                                     3 hrs
HT411      World Religions                                    3 hrs
MS201     Global Missions                                    3 hrs
PY100      Introduction to Psychology                      3 hrs


Biblical Studies Major + Undergrad electives      24 Hrs

HT200      Introduction to Ethics                             3 hrs
HT450      The Church                                          3 hrs
HT460      Biblical Theology                                  3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          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


Graduate Foundational Core & Biblical Studies/MDiv Courses               39 hrs

BS2400** Introduction to Hermeneutics                   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
CE8301** Church Administration                           3 hrs
HT3100** History of Christianity I                          3 hrs
HT3101** History of Christianity II                         3 hrs
HT3200** Theology I                                           3 hrs
HT3201** Theology II                                          3 hrs
MN5468**Leadership Practicum                            3 hrs
MN5430** Intro to Pastoral Ministry[1]                      3 hrs
MS7011    Missiology                                           3 hrs



Additional MDiv courses                                   27 hrs

HT3110    Baptist History                                      3 hrs
HT3300    Introduction to Apologetics                     3 hrs
HT3400    Christian Ethics                                     3 hrs
MN5161   Preaching I: Sermon Prep Practicum[2]        3 hrs
MN5162   Preaching II: Sermon Delivery Practicum[3] 3 hrs
XXXXX   Practicum                                            3 hrs
XXXXX   Practicum                                            3 hrs
XXXXX   Graduate Elective                                  3 hrs
XXXXX   Graduate Elective                                  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 CE8411 Age Group Ministry

[2] Female students take CE8110 Principles of Teaching I

[3] Female students take CE8111 Principles of Teaching II

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