Accelerated MDiv Program

Directed by Dr. Jonathan Patterson

The Accelerated MDiv program helps qualified students seeking an MDiv (any specialization) earn their degree at a faster pace, while saving them money in the process. Qualifying students are those who have graduated from an accredited institution of similar theological background within the last five years and have earned at least a B in equivalent courses. Students who wish to determine their qualifications for the program should provide the Accelerated MDiv office with their undergraduate transcripts for evaluation.

Qualifying students have the opportunity to earn up to one-third of their MDiv for free through the Accelerated MDiv program. For example, a student seeking a standard 84-hour MDiv may be eligible to receive up to 28 hours credit toward that degree through the Accelerated MDiv program. Thus, qualified students could earn their MDiv in less time and at a significant savings through the Accelerated MDiv program.

How Do I Apply?

The Accelerated MDiv is not a new degree program and requires no special application process. Students will declare their major through the Registrar’s office (i.e., MDiv Standard or their chosen specialization) and contact the Accelerated MDiv office for a transcript evaluation. In addition, students must submit a graded research paper to the Accelerated MDiv office or write a paper demonstrating ability in research and writing. The student’s transcript will be evaluated to determine what credits he/she is eligible to receive through the Accelerated MDiv program. Students will receive a record of which classes the student is eligible to receive credit for through the Accelerated MDiv program, up to 25% of his/her degree. Students qualifying for more than 25% of their degree program must contact the Accelerated MDiv office to select the courses for advanced standing.

How Do I Receive These Credits?

Qualifying credits will be added to the student’s transcript only after the student has applied and been approved for graduation. No fees are associated with the program, so students will not have to pay anything to have these credits added to their transcript. However, students will need to keep track of these credits throughout their degree program to ensure they do not repeat courses and/or have completed all other necessary courses before applying for graduation. While the Accelerated MDiv office will keep a record of all student qualifications, evaluation and approval for graduation is handled through the Registrar’s office alone.

What Courses Are Available Through the Accelerated MDiv Program?

Currently, the Accelerated MDiv program offers qualifications for a number of courses at NOBTS and more courses may be added in the future. We encourage students to ask about any new courses that may have been added. To qualify for credit, students must have completed equivalent courses at the undergraduate level with a grade of B or better.

Courses requiring three equivalent hours at the undergraduate level:

BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World
BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
CEAM6320 Church Leadership & Administration
COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry
ETHC5300 Christian Ethics
EVAN5230 Supervised Ministry I
EVAN5250 Church Evangelism
HIST5200 History of Christianity: Reformation to Modern
HIST5223 Baptist Heritage
HIST5300 History of Christianity: Early to Medieval
MISS5330 Christian Missions
PATH5331 Pastoral Ministry
PATH5333 Christian Ministry
PHIL5300 Philosophy of Religion

Courses requiring at least six hours at the undergraduate level: NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament (3 hours from NT Survey; at least 3 more NT hours)
OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament (3 hours OT Survey; at least 3 more OT hours)
THEO5300 Systematic Theology I (3 hours of Systematic Theology/Christian Doctrine; at least 3 more Theology hours)

Advanced Placement in Languages

In addition to hours earned through the Accelerated MDiv, students who have significant hours in Greek and/or Hebrew at the undergraduate level may also qualify for advanced placement in languages. For every six hours of undergraduate credit in Greek or Hebrew (with a B or better), students may qualify to proceed into the next logical class (e.g., six hours of Greek or Hebrew qualifies the student to bypass the Introductory language course at NOBTS and enroll in the Intermediate course; 12 hours qualifies a student to bypass both Introductory and Intermediate and enroll in an Advanced language course). Students who bypass one or more courses in either language must earn a B or better in the course they take at NOBTS. In addition to tuition for the class taken students will pay 1/3 tuition cost for the bypassed classes (i.e., you pay for one hour and receive three). Students who may qualify for advanced placement in languages should contact the Accelerated MDiv office for more information.

The following is the list of courses students may be eligible to bypass based on their undergraduate studies:

NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar
NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar
OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar
OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar

How to Contact Us

For more information about the Accelerated MDiv program, you may contact the office directly via phone at 1-800-NOBTS-01 ext. 8171 or via email at You may also visit our website at