*Pending approve from accrediting bodies.
The Five Year Program is an intensive and comprehensive program that allows the qualified student to complete an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in 154 hours, which is the equivalent of 5 years of full-time study. The goal of the Five Year Program is focusing the education and training of those called to vocational ministry in less time than the traditional approach of 7 years of full-time study: 4 years of undergraduate work followed by 3 years of graduate work. The program fulfills all 120 hours of the Bachelor of Arts degree and all the hours required for the Master of Divinity degree (82 hours) or the Master of Arts in Christian Education (67 hours). This is accomplished through advanced standing courses and coordinating other overlapping course between the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The Five Year Program applies to both the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities in Texas Baptist College. The program also works in tandem with the Master of Divinity degrees in three graduate schools: The School of Theology, the Fish School of Evangelism & Missions, and the Terry School of Educational Ministries. The program also works with the Terry School’s Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree. There are three stages to the Five Year degrees. The undergraduate stage represents the first stage of the program in which the student takes the first 60 hours of undergraduate courses. The second stage, the dual status stage, will see the student take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses; this will complete the next 60 hours of the program during which time the undergraduate degree will be completed. The final stage, the graduate stage, has the student taking the final 34 hours, all graduate courses, to complete the M.Div. or MACE degree.
Students will state their desire to participate in the program when they initially apply. They will need to declare which Bachelor of Arts degree is desired as well as which graduate degree. Students will be admitted to the program on a provisional basis until the follwoing requirements are met. Those beginning their college career at Texas Baptist College must:
Transfer students must:
Advising will require special attention. In order to ensure that the student moves through the program effectively, students will be assigned a special undergraduate advisor to counsel them through the program and help them transition through the BA degree to the M.Div. or MACE degree. The student will meet with the undergraduate advisor once the student signs the intent form for the Accelerated Ministry Program at the beginning of his/her time at Texas Baptist College. The student must adhere strictly to the prescribed order of course work through the undergraduate part of the program. The student will have the status of undergraduate until 60 hours are completed.
Once the student has been accepted into the program, passes the Advanced Standing Exams, and completes 60 hours of undergraduate work, the student will then carry a dual status of both undergraduate and graduate student and begin taking the first graduate level classes. Also, at this point the student will be assigned a second advisor, a graduate advisor, to take the student through the master’s part of the program. For the third and fourth years of the program (or from 60 hours to 120 hours), while the student has the dual status, he/she will meet with both advisors. For the fifth year (or at the 120 hour mark), the student will then be a graduate student and meet only with the graduate advisor.
Once the student has completed the first 60 hours as an undergraduate student, he/she will have completed the first stage of the Accelerated Ministry Program. However, before the student can progress to the dual status stage, the student must pass advanced standing exams in Old Testament I & II, New Testament I & II, Church History I & II, Systematic Theology I, Evangelism, and Introduction to Missiology. This will happen after the student has completed 45 hours, but before he/she has completed 60 hours. The student must pass these exams with a minimum score of 75 to continue in the program. Upon passing the Advance Standing exams and successful completion of 60 hours of undergraduate study with a 3.00 or higher GPA, the student will then proceed to the next stage of the program, taking a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses.
As mentioned above, during the third year of full-time studies, the student will continue with undergraduate courses, but also begin taking Masters courses. During the fourth year of full-time study, students will complete remaining undergraduate courses and take a number of graduate courses. In the fifth year the student will be full-time in graduate courses to finish the program. A 3.00 GPA must be maintained throughout the Five Year Program.
As part of the Five Year Program, you will choose a concentration on the graduate level. The concentrations will be chosen in consultation with your graduate advisor from among the concentrations offered in that graduate school: the School of Theology, the Fish School of Evangelism & Missions, or the Terry School of Educational Ministries.