Accelerated Programs of Study

Accelerated MDiv Program
Directed by Dr. Jonathan Patterson

Leavell College students who wish to pursue a graduate degree after graduation may be eligible to receive credit through the Accelerated MDiv program. The Accelerated MDiv helps qualified students earn their degree at a faster pace, while saving money in the process. In order to qualify, Leavell College graduates must be no more than five years removed from their baccalaureate graduation and have earned at least a B in the equivalent courses.

Qualifying students have the opportunity to earn up 25% 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 21 hours of credit toward that degree through the Accelerated MDiv program. Thus, qualified students could earn their MDiv in less time and at a significant savings. Leavell College students are encouraged to contact the Accelerated MDiv office prior to graduation in order to determine their qualifications through the program. Students who contact the Accelerated MDiv office prior to their senior year may also receive advising to help maximize their benefit through the program.

How Do I Apply?

The Accelerated MDiv is not a new degree program and requires no special registration process. Students will declare their major through the Registrar’s office 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 new paper demonstrating ability in research and writing; Leavell College students are encouraged to send their graded Senior Seminar papers but any research paper of adequate length will suffice. The student’s transcript will be evaluated to determine what credits he/she is eligible to receive through the program and the student will receive a record of these classes, up to 25% of the student’s selected degree program. Many Leavell College students are likely to qualify for more than 25% of their degree program, in which case the student will need to work with 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 from the Master’s program. No fees are associated with the program, so students will not have to pay anything to receive these credits. However, students will need to keep track of these credits throughout their graduate degree program in order 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 NOBTS 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. While most of qualifications for the Accelerated MDiv require three equivalent hours, qualification for New Testament, Old Testament, and Systematic Theology require at least six hours at the undergraduate level. Below is a current list of courses available through the Accelerated MDiv and the necessary Leavell College course(s) for qualification:

Accelerated MDiv NOBTS Courses
OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament
NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament
BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
BBBW5300 Encountering the Biblical World
COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry
CEAM6320 Church Leadership & Administration
EVAN5230 Supervised Ministry I
PATH5333 Christian Ministry
MISS5300 Christian Missions
HIST5300 History of Christianity: Early - Med
HIST5200 History of Christianity: Ref - Modern
ETHC Christian Ethics
THEO5300 Systematic Theology I

Leavell College Qualifying Courses
Six hours of OT, 3 from LCCF1320 Old Testament Survey
Six hours of NT, 3 from LCCF1330 New Testament Survey
LCCF1310 Hermeneutics
LCBS2310 Biblical Backgrounds
LCGE2390 Introduction to Counseling
LCCF1354 Church Leadership & Administration
LCCF2350 Practice of Evangelism
LCCF1352 Introduction to Ministry
LCCM2352 Principles and Practice of Missions
LCGE2352 Survey of Church History I
LCGE2354 Survey of Church History II
LCTH2342 Introduction to Christian Ethics
Six hours of Theology, 3 from LCCF2340 Christian Doctrine

Advanced Placement in Languages
In addition to hours earned through the Accelerated MDiv, Leavell College students who take Greek and/or Hebrew 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. Students who bypass language courses must earn a B or better in the course they take at NOBTS in order to receive credit for the bypassed course(s); the student will then pay 1/3 tuition cost for the bypassed course(s). Leavell College graduates may qualify for advanced placement based on the following:

NOBTS Courses Advanced Standing
NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar
NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar
OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar
OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar

Leavell College Qualifying Courses
LSCM2382 Greek I
LSCM2383 Greek II
BSCM3384 Readings from the Greek New Testament
BSCM---- Advanced Readings from the GNT
LSCM2380 Hebrew I
LSCM2381 Hebrew II
BSCM3381 Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament
BSCM---- Advanced Readings from the HOT

How to Contact Us

For more information about the Accelerated MDiv program, you may contact the office directory via phone at 1-800-NOBTS-01 ext. 8171 or via email at acceleratedmdiv@nobts.edu. Interested students are also encouraged to visit our website at www.nobts.edu/acceleratedmdiv.

Accelerated BA + MDiv

Directed by Dr. Charlie Ray, III

The Accelerated BA + MDiv is designed to prepare pastors to stand firm on the truth of God’s Word through a concentrated five-year program, dedicated to producing God-called, biblically-equipped church leaders. In just five years, students will earn their bachelor's and master's degrees; they will be mentored by seminary faculty and other ministry leaders; they will form lasting relationships with other future pastors; and they will learn to be wise stewards of the resources God has given them. The program is designed for students to finish their BA in 3 years by taking an accelerated load of classes and then to finish the MDiv in two years by taking advantage of the Accelerated MDiv program.

Students accepted into the program will be required to attend monthly meetings that focus on financial stewardship, a biblical philosophy of ministry, connecting with other future pastors, and learning from pastors already serving in the field. Students will also be required to take at least one mentoring class each year they are in the program.

Applicants for the program must be 18-21 years old and sense a call to pastor churches in the United States after graduation. Since the program meetings will be held at the main campus in New Orleans, applicants must either be on-campus students or be able to commute to New Orleans for these monthly meetings. Candidates for this program must also be willing to devote themselves to an intense time of theological study in order to complete the accelerated program in 5 years. Those interested in the Accelerated BA + MDiv will be interviewed by the Program Director before being accepted into the program.

Through the Accelerated BA + MDiv program future pastors will be sent out to the field faster, saving both time and money. This direct path to the place of their calling is not a short-cut but an intensified time of preparation. Students will be prepared both inside and outside the classroom for the calling God has placed on their lives. The goal of the Accelerated BA + MDiv is to train the next generation of pastors and to send them out equipped, connected, and ready for ministry.

For more information about the Accelerated BA + MDiv, call 1-800-NOBTS-01 ext. 8073, email crayiii@nobts.edu, or visit the program's website at www.nobts.edu/ba-mdiv.

Accelerated MMCM

Directed by Dr. Greg Woodward

The Church Music Division is proposing that students from Baptist College and Universities that have NASM accreditation be granted credit for the accelerated MDIV courses that align with the MMCM or MDiv in Church Music and the following courses unique to the Church Music portion of the MMCM or MDivCM:

  1. Keyboard Competency in Church Music--2 Hours (i.e., most NASM schools have a keyboard proficiency test; although a particular school’s test may not be identical to the NOBTS piano proficiency, the Church Music Division is willing to grant credit if the school is NASM accredited),

  2. Private Voice--3 Hours (i.e., many students entering our MMCM have completed a voice recital at the undergraduate level; a student who does not have a voice recital would likely not be able to receive credit unless a transcript or correspondence with a school verifies vocal competence),

  3. Worship Band Leadership--1 hour (Some Baptist College and Universities have a worship band class; a course description of an undergrad class could be submitted to the Church Music Division for review in terms of eligibility for credit). Additionally, a student who desires to pursue an MDiv in Church Music would be eligible for credit for the complete list of “Accelerated MDiv” courses, as well as the particular Church Music courses outlined above.

Accelerated MMCM

The student who might be interested in receiving credit for an Accelerated MMCM or MDiv in Church Music could receive up to 25% of the degree in advanced standing (12 hours of credit (in the current 49 hour MMCM) among the following courses: [see following chart ]

Undergraduate Studies NOBTS

course

hours

Old Testament (3 hrs must be a survey course)

6

New Testament (3 hr must be a survey course)

6

Theology/Christian Doctrine

6

History of Christianity 1

3

Evangelism

3

Piano (Piano Competency Documented)

3

Voice Recital/ Voice Competency Passed

3

Worship Band Leadership 

1

Courses Applied toward Accelerated MMCM

course

hours

OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament

3

NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament

3

THEO5300 Systematic Theology I

3

HIST5300 Hist. of Christianity: Early-Med.

3

EVAN5230 Supervised Ministry I

2

MUPIXXX Keyboard Competency in Church Music

2

MUVO5210 Voice--Private Voice

3

MUCOXXX Worship Band Leadership

1

Accelerated MDivCM

The student who might be interested in receiving credit for an accelerated MDivCM could receive up to 22 hours of advanced standing (25% of the current 89-91 hour MDivCM) among the following courses:

Undergraduate Studies

course

hours

Old Testament (3 hrs must be a survey course)

6

New Testament (3 hr must be a survey course)

6

Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Biblical Backgrounds

3

Christian Counseling

3

Church Leadership/Administration

3

Evangelism

3

Pastoral/Christian Ministry

3

Christian Missions

3

History of Christianity 1

3

History of Christianity 2

3

Baptist History

3

Christian Ethics

3

Philosophy of Religion (not merely Philosophy)

3

Theology/Christian Doctrine

6

Piano (Piano Competency Documented)

3

Voice Recital/ Voice Competency Passed

3

Worship Band Leadership

1

NOBTS Courses Applied toward Accelerated MDivCM

course

hours

OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament

3

NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament

3

BSHM5310 Intro to Biblical Hermeneutics

3

BBBW5200 Encount.. the Biblical World

2

COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry

2

CEAM6320 Church Leadership & Admin.

3

EVAN5250 Church Evangelism
or EVAN5230 Supervised Ministry I

2

PATH5331 Pastoral Ministry
or PATH5333 Christian Ministry

3

MISS5330 Christian Missions

3

HIST5300 Hist. of Christianity: Early-Med.

3

HIST5200 Hist. of Christianity: Ref.-Mod.

2

HIST5223 Baptist Heritage

2

ETHC5300 Christian Ethics

3

PHIL5300 Philosophy of Religion

3

THEO5300 Systematic Theology I

3

MUPIXXX Keyboard Competency in Church Music

2

MUVO5210 Voice--Private Voice

3

MUCOXXX Worship Band Leadership

1

Accelerated MA in Counseling Directed by Dr. Ian Jones

Students seeking the MA in Counseling, whether Clinical Mental Health or Marriage & Family, are eligible to receive up to 14 hours toward their MA through the Accelerated MDiv program. The courses for which they may receive credit, based on their undergraduate course work, are:

Accelerated MA NOBTS Courses
OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament
NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament
BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
EVAN5230 Supervised Ministry I
PTHEO5300 Systematic Theology I

Leavell College Qualifying Courses
Six hours of OT, 3 from LCCF1320 Old Testament Survey
Six hours of NT, 3 from LCCF1330 New Testament Survey
LCCF1310 Hermeneutics
LCCF2350 Practice of Evangelism
Six hours of Theology, 3 from LCCF2340 Christian Doctrine