Q. Can a student from any undergraduate institution apply to the Accelerated MDiv program or is it only available to graduates from “Baptist” institutions?
A. While the Accelerated MDiv is not limited solely to those students who are graduates of Baptist colleges and universities, only courses from institutions of similar theological background will be applied toward the Acclerated MDiv. This means that students from institutions affiliated with other denominations may also receive some credit through the program, though some courses may not apply.
Q. Is the Accelerated MDiv an "all or nothing" program (i.e., receive 1/3 or nothing)?
A. No. Students may qualify to receive up to 1/3 of their degree program. This means that a student seeking an 84-hour MDiv Standard may qualify to receive as many as 28 hours through the Accelerated MDiv program or as few as two hours (since NOBTS has both two- and three-hour courses).
Q. Can the Accelerated MDiv actually save me money?
A. Definitely! The only fees associated with the Accelerated MDiv are for advanced placement in languages (1/3 tuition for each bypassed course), meaning that most credit hours granted through the program are free. Students who qualify for the maximum benefit through the Accelerated MDiv will save roughly 1/3 of tuition costs alone, not to mention other fees associated with enrollment and registration.
Q. Is there a fee to enroll in the Accelerated MDiv program?
A. No, there is no cost associated with the Accelerated MDiv program, save for the time and energy required for you to send your undergraduate transcripts and research paper (preferably graded) for evaluation.
Q. Will enrolling in the Accelerated MDiv shorten the time needed to complete my seminary degree?
A. Most certainly. Qualifying students are eligible to receive up to 1/3 of their degree program, meaning they can cut the time requirements for their degree by 1/3 as well. However, a full-time student who qualifies for just nine hours through the program may still reduce his/her time in seminary by a semester. Every little bit helps!
Q. How will enrolling in the Accelerated MDiv change or lighten my load during Seminary?
A. The Accelerated MDiv allows students the opportunity to bypass many of the introductory level courses at NOBTS, allowing them to skip what could essentially amount to a review of their previous four-year undergraduate degree (at least for some). These students are then freed up to take other upper-level courses, elective courses, etc., that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to take (depending on the frequency with which a course is offered). Qualifying students may also choose, rather than loading up to complete their degree quicker, to take lighter loads each semester. For example, to complete an 84-hour MDiv in six semesters (3 years) would require an average semester load of 14 hours. That same MDiv, with 28 hours earned through the Accelerated program, may be done in six semesters with an average load of just 9.33 hours. This allows students to complete their degree program in the same amount of time while freeing themselves up to dedicate more time each semester to work, ministry opportunities, and family.
Q. What do I need to do to get started?
A. In order to begin the process, students should submit a copy of their undergraduate transcript as well as a graded research paper, or research paper to be graded, via email to email@example.com. Students do not need to request an Official Transcript be sent from their undergraduate institution and may submit an unofficial copy. Those students who have already submitted their transcript(s) to the Registrar's office during the application process may fill out the seminary's online transcript request form and select the "For Accelerated MDiv" option to have the Registrar's office send a copy of their transcript(s) to the Accelerated MDiv office directly, at no charge to the student.
Q. Why do I have to submit a graded research paper?
A. Because the Accelerated MDiv program provides advanced standing for qualified students, these students must be able to demonstrate competency in research and writing---skills that would traditionally be taught and/or refined in introductory level seminary courses. The research paper submitted should demonstrate a firm grasp of grammatical and stylistic issues in writing as well as the proper use of reliable, credible sources that are appropriate for an academic research paper. For more information on the research paper submission, see Research Paper Information.
Q. If I have had Greek and/or Hebrew at the undergraduate level, do I have to repeat it again?
A. Not necessarily. For every 6 hours of language credit at the undergraduate level (with a B or better) we offer you the opportunity to proceed into the next logical level. So a student with 6 hours of Greek or Hebrew at the undergraduate level may skip the introductory class at NOBTS and enroll in the intermediate class; a student with 12 hours may skip both the introductory and intermediate classes and proceed directly to an advanced exegesis or advanced grammar class. Upon successful completion of the intermediate or advanced class (with a B or better), the student will verify his/her grade with the Accelerated MDiv office to be given credit for those classes he/she skipped and will pay 1/3 tuition for those skipped classes. It’s just that simple.
Q. If I should choose to transfer to another institution, will any of the eligible Accelerated MDiv credits transfer?
A. All of the credits received through the Accelerated MDiv program are only applicable at NOBTS and are not added to the student's transcript until the student has completed all other coursework for his/her MDiv and has applied, and been approved, for graduation from NOBTS.
Q. Where can I find more information about the program?
A. In addition to the website, you may also email the Accelerated MDiv program at any time (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office at 504-282-4455 ext. 8171.