ACCELERATED BA + MDIV

The Accelerated BA + MDiv Program is designed to equip students through a concentrated program, dedicated to producing God-called, biblically-equipped servants of Christ. In as little as five years, students will earn their bachelor's and master's degrees.

The goal of the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program is to send out servants who embrace devotion, truth, and mission. This direct path to the place of their calling is not a short-cut but an intensified time of preparation to get them on the field faster, saving both time and money. Our goal is to train the next generation of servants and to send them out equipped and ready to answer God's call.

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Overview

Flexibility

The Accelerated BA + MDiv Program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College is uniquely designed to give each student an opportunity for flexibility in his or her educational pursuit. Each student can select any desired undergraduate major and any MDiv specialization. See more about these opportunities in our online catalog .

Benefits

The Accelerated BA + MDiv Program is a great opportunity for students to save money in two ways:

1. The MDiv Track Major allows students to begin taking graduate courses while they are completing their undergraduate degree and count those courses as a major.

2. The Accelerated MDiv Program offers students the opportunity to earn their MDiv faster, based on their undergraduate studies, while saving money in the process. For more informa tion, visit our Accelerated MDiv Website .

Completing the degrees at an accelerated pace will enable the student to begin full-time ministry faster without compromising academic qualifications. 

 

Qualifications

BA + MDiv Program students must be willing to devote themselves to a time of intense study in order to complete the accelerated program in as little as five years. Students must also achieve and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be accepted into the BA + MDiv Program.

 

Process

Our program is designed in 3 phases: Introduction Phase, Entry Phase, and MDiv Phase

Introduction Phase (0-60 Hours) - During this phase, students have applied, been accepted, and are currently Leavell College students. These students will use the MDiv Track Major checklist as a guide for maximizing opportunities offered. Students will be fully admitted to the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program at the completion of 60 credit hours. Until then, students wanting to complete their degrees in as little as 5 years should register for 15-18 hours. Because the "MDiv Track Major" works like a double-major, students will not receive a minor unless the hours needed for a minor can fit within their free electives.

Entry Phase (60-90 Hours) - Upon the completion of 60 hours, students will apply for the BA + MDiv program to begin enrollment in graduate-level courses required for the MDiv Track Major. In addition to acceptance into the BA + MDiv program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, students must achieve and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be accepted into the BA + MDiv Program. At this phase, students begin enrolling in graduate courses that satisfy the core component hours of the MDiv Track Major while continuing to enroll in undergraduate courses.

MDiv Phase (90+) - Students must choose their MDiv specialization at this stage in order to select appropriate courses for the specialized component of the MDiv Track Major. At this phase, students can enroll in any graduate courses related to their MDiv degree.

Staff

Dr. Charlie Ray, III

Program Director - Dr. Charlie Ray, III

Dr. Charlie Ray, III is the Program Director for the Accelerated BA + MDiv and Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek. Before assuming his current role, he spent 11 years as a pastor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dr. Ray is passionate about equipping God-called servants of God to serve in the local church. He earned his BA from Baylor University in 3 years, giving him personal experience with an accelerated education. He also holds MA, ThM, and PhD degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lisa, have three kids whom they adopted through foster care.

Email: crayiii@nobts.edu

Administrative Assistant - Nicolas Jones

Nicolas "Nic" started as a new student at Leavell College in August 2020 and currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program. He is passionate about seeing people excel in their academic performance, but more importantly, their spiritual walk with Christ. Nic's plans are to attend Leavell College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary through the BA + MDiv Program for the purpose of being ministry-ready for the sake of the gospel.

Email:  ba.mdiv@nobts.edu

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If you are interested in our Accelerated Programs, fill out the interest form below and you will be contacted with more information.

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If you are interested in applying for the program, then please follow the link below. Acceptance into the Accelerated BA + MDiv program is contingent on the completion of a minimum 60 undergraduate credit hours and approval by the program director.

Accelerated BA + MDiv Application

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who should consider the Accelerated BA + MDiv?

The BA + MDiv is designed to prepare students to get out into the field of their calling faster, saving time and money. The accelerated component of the program targets students who thrive in a challenging academic environment and who exemplify strong self-discipline to succeed in the accelerated course load.

 

Why should I consider the Accelerated BA + MDiv?

The Accelerated BA + MDiv Program is a great opportunity for students to save money in two ways:

1. The MDiv Track Major allows students to count down hours from the graduate-level courses toward their undergraduate degree.

2. The Accelerated MDiv Program offers students the opportunity to earn their MDiv faster, based on their undergraduate studies, while saving money in the process.

Completing the degrees at an accelerated pace will enable the student to begin full-time ministry faster without compromising academic qualifications. 

What kind of academic advising is available for students in the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program?

Students in the Accelerated BA + MDiv program will be advised by the program director, Dr. Charlie Ray. Dr. Ray completed his undergraduate degree in 3 years and has over 10 years of ministry experience, so he knows first hand how to advise students in accelerated programs as well as students who are pursuing a call to ministry.

 

Will the student participating in this program have time to enjoy the "undergraduate experience" and "seminary experience?"

Each student’s experience is largely dependent on their willingness to engage in social activities and ministry opportunities. The school offers many recreational activities and two weekly chapel services. In addition, Leavell College has developed a House System for students to promote fellowship and community and foster spiritual growth.

 

Can a student who is not an on-campus student participate in the program?

Students both on-campus and off-campus are encouraged to consider the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program. Because our program offers great flexibility, any student from any learning format including online and extension centers can utilize the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program.