Details on the Accelerated MDiv Program

The Accelerated MDiv offers students the opportunity to earn their MDiv faster, based on their undergraduate studies, while saving money in the process. Qualifying students are those who have completed significant hours in biblical/theological studies from an accredited institution of similar theological background. 

Rationale for the Program

  1. The current MDiv (Standard) degree at NOBTS involves 84 hours of study. The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) now allows for a reduction of up to 1/3 of the required degree program hours based on advanced standing and/or advanced placement in biblical languages. Thus, a maximum of 28 hours of can be credited through the Accelerated MDiv program toward the required total of 84 hours for the degree. Specializations in the MDiv requiring more than 84 hours may allow students to earn more than 28 hours through the Accelerated program but not more than 1/3 of the student's degree program.
  2. Many students acquire training in their undergraduate program in the areas of biblical studies, theology, history, ethics, pastoral ministry, etc. Some of the introductory courses in those areas at NOBTS cover the same material already encountered in undergraduate courses.

Requirements of the Program

  1. The student must have earned at least a "B" in the undergraduate course(s) applied toward the Accelerated MDiv.
  2. The student must be within five years of his/her baccalaureate graduation to be eligible for the Accelerated MDiv.
  3. The undergraduate courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to ensure sufficient equivalency with NOBTS courses for which the student received advanced standing.
  4. The student must submit a graded research paper, or write a paper for submission to the Director of the Accelerated MDiv program, demonstrating ability in research and writing. (See Research Paper Information)
  5. The Accelerated MDiv option is available for students taking courses in any delivery system (traditional, hybrid, extension center, online).
  6. Credit to the student's graduate transcript will be given in the semester he/she applies for graduation, following approval for graduation by the NOBTS Registrar.

Courses Available for Advanced Standing through the Accelerated MDiv

  • OTEN5300 Exploring the Old Testament
  • NTEN5300 Exploring the New Testament
  • BSHM5310 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
  • BBBW5200 Encountering the Biblical World
  • COUN5202 Counseling in Ministry
  • CEAM6320 Church Leadership & Administration
  • EVAN5230 Supervised Ministry I
  • EVAN5250 Church Evangelism
  • EVAN6230 Supervised Ministry II
  • PATH5331 Pastoral Ministry
  • PATH5333 Christian Ministry
  • ETHC5300 Christian Ethics
  • HIST5300 History of Christianity: Early-Medieval
  • HIST5200 History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern
  • HIST5223 Baptist Heritage
  • MISS5330 Christian Missions
  • PHIL5300 Philosophy of Religion
  • THEO5300 Systematic Theology I

Qualification for these courses requires at least a three-hour course at the undergraduate level in specific area. Qualification for OT, NT, and Systematic Theology require six hours in the field, three of which must come from a survey course (e.g., NT Survey, OT Survey, Christian Doctrine or Systematic Theology).

Advanced Placement in Biblical Languages

Students may also be eligible to receive advanced placement in Greek and/or Hebrew based on their undergraduate coursework in these areas. For every 6 undergraduate hours in Greek or Hebrew, students may enroll in the next logical course at NOBTS. Upon successful completion of the Greek or Hebrew course at NOBTS, with a B or better, the student will receive a "pass" (P) and pay 1/3 tuition for the bypassed course(s). The Accelerated MDiv program offers students the opportunity to earn credit for the following Greek and Hebrew courses:

  • NTGK5300 Introductory Greek Grammar
  • NTGK6300 Intermediate Greek Grammar for New Testament Exegesis
  • OTHB5300 Introductory Hebrew Grammar
  • OTHB6300 Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for Old Testament Exegesis
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