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ACCELERATED    BA + MDIV

Earn a BA and an MDiv up to 2 years faster. Save time and money as you prepare yourself to answer God's call.

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Overview

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 a program director and other ministry leaders; they will form relationships with other future pastors; and they will learn to be wise stewards of the resources God has given them.
 
The goal of the Accelerated BA + MDiv is to send out pastors who are ministry-ready and to get them 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. Our goal is to train the next generation of pastors and to send them out equipped, connected, and ready for the ministry.

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Qualifications

The Accelerated BA + MDiv is designed for 18-21 year-olds who have experienced a call to pastoral ministry and plan to pastor churches in the United States after graduation. Students will be mentored by a dedicated program director and students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on ministry experiences. Candidate for this program must be willing to devote themselves to an intense time of theological study in order to complete the accelerated program in 5 years.

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, giving them the opportunity to learn from other ministry leaders. 
 
Students studying at a Baptist college who are able to complete their bachelor's degree in 3 or 3 1/2 years are also eligible to apply for the program. Students who do not meet the age requirements for the Accelerated BA + MDiv can still take advantage of many of the equipping opportunities and cost savings offered through the Accelerated BA + MDiv.

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 pastors 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

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If you are interested in the BA + MDiv, fill out the interest form below and the program director will contact with you 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 acceptance into Leavell College or NOBTS and approval by the program director.

BA + MDiv Application

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does the Accelerated BA + MDiv Work?

The BA + MDIV places the student on an accelerated track towards these two degrees. Ideally, the B.A. will be completed in 3 years and the M.Div will be completed in 2 years for a total of 5 years of study.

Who Should Consider the Accelerated BA + MDiv?

The BA + MDiv is designed to prepare students who have experienced a call to pastoral ministry. The accelerated component of the program targets students who thrive in a challenging academic environment and who exemplify strong self-discipline in order to succeed in the accelerated course load.

Why Should I Consider the Accelerated BA + MDiv?

For students who are called to ministry, the Accelerated BA + MDiv is a great opportunity to receive excellent seminary education alongside practical ministry training. Additionally, students will save money through scholarship eligibility and by taking advantage of the institution's tuition cap.

How do Students Apply to the the Accelerated BA + MDiv?

The application process for the Accelerated BA + MDiv program is easy. Prospective students must begin their undergraduate program between the ages of 18-21. Additionally, prospective students must express a call to ministry. If you meet the requirements then you are invited to complete the first step of the application process by completing the online form.

Can Students Participate in the Program Even if They Don't Qualify for the Scholarship Benefits or Age Requirement?

Students who do not meet the age requirements for the Accelerated BA + MDiv program or who are not able to complete these two degrees in 5 years can still take advantage of many of the equipping opportunities and cost savings offered through the program.

Can Students Who Graduate from Another Undergraduate Program Enter the Accelerated BA + MDiv Program?

Students studying at a Baptist College who are able to complete their bachelor’s degree in 3 or 3 ½ years are also eligible to apply to the program. NOBTS has formed agreements with a number of Baptist Colleges through our Accelerated MDiv program. The MDiv course load can be reduced by up to 25% if the student takes full advantage of the Accelerated MDiv.

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, we believe the Accelerated BA + MDiv program allows the student to make connections with active pastors and take advantage of mentoring relationships throughout their time at the school.

Can a Student Who is Not an On-Campus Student Participate in the Program?

The benefits of this program are designed around on-campus events and experiences. The savings provided by the tuition cap only apply to courses taught on-campus at NOBTS and Leavell College. Online students are very much invited to complete their degrees on an accelerated schedule, but the extracurricular and financial benefits of this program would not be beneficial to the long distance student.

Will BA + MDiv Students Need to Complete their Bachelor's Degree Before They Can Begin MDiv Courses?

The student can begin MDiv credits once they are within 12 credit hours of completing their BA. This might benefit the student during the summer between the third and fourth year at school. If the student only needs to complete a couple classes during that summer, they can go ahead and begin taking their first MDiv courses alongside the last 12 hours of undergraduate work.

What if the Student Decides to Complete Only Their Bachelor's Degree Instead of Continuing to the MDiv?

This program is designed for students to complete the full 5-year schedule which includes both degrees. However, the student does not have to wait until year 5 to receive their Bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor’s degree will be awarded at the end of year three and the student will be able to walk in graduation. The MDiv will be awarded upon completion of year 5.