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 27 hours of their MDiv through advanced standing or advanced placement in Greek and Hebrew with 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 in Christian Ministry 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. The student will receive a record of which classes he/she is eligible to receive credit for through the Accelerated MDiv program, up to 27 hours of his/her degree. Students qualifying for more than 27 hours of their degree program must contact the Accelerated MDiv office to select the courses for advanced standing.
How Do I Receive These Credits?
Advanced standing credits will be added to the student’s transcript only after the student has applied and been approved for graduation, while advanced placement credits in languages may be added once the student has completed an upper-level language class with a B or better. No fees are assessed for advanced standing credits, 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.
Courses Available for Advanced Standing
Currently, the Accelerated MDiv program offers advanced standing credits 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 advanced standing 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:
BBBW5300 Encountering the Biblical World
CEAM6320 Church Leadership & Administration
CEEF6302 Foundations in Educational Psychology
CEEF6306 Lifespan Development
COUN5300 Counseling in Ministry
ETHC5300 Christian Ethics
HIST5300 History of Christianity: Early to Medieval
HIST5301 History of Christianity: Reformation to Modern
HIST5323 Baptist Heritage
MISS5330 Christian Missions
PATH5331 Pastoral Ministry
PHIL5300 Philosophy of Religion
Courses requiring at least six hours at the undergraduate level:
NTEN5351 Interpreting the New Testament 1
NTEN5352 Interpreting the New Testament 2
OTEN5351 Interpreting the Old Testament 1
OTEN5352 Interpreting the Old Testament 2
THEO5300 Systematic Theology 1
Advanced Placement in Languages
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 Greek 1 or Hebrew 1 at NOBTS and enroll in Greek 2 or Hebrew 2; 12 hours qualifies a student to bypass both Greek/Hebrew 1 & 2 and enroll in an Advanced or Exegesis 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:
NTGK5351 Greek 1
NTGK5352 Greek 2
OTHB5351 Hebrew 1
OTHB5352 Hebrew 2
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 email@example.com. You may also visit our website at www.nobts.edu/acceleratedmdiv.