Samford University’s accelerated bachelor of arts (B.A.) to Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program gives a limited number of select students the opportunity to complete requirements for both Samford degrees in a minimum of six years rather than the typical minimum of seven years. The unique professional pathway is available to highly qualified Howard College of Arts and Sciences students majoring in biblical studies, religion and religion with a concentration in ministry leadership, and to Samford School of the Arts students majoring in Christian ministry.

Program participants must complete 96 credit hours of undergraduate coursework before beginning their graduate theological studies. Upon completion of the initial 32 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, the students are awarded the bachelor of arts degree. The Master of Divinity degree is awarded by Beeson Divinity School upon completion of the 55 credit hours of additional graduate theological courses. Students admitted to the program also must participate in a co-curricular program of spiritual and vocational mentoring.

Students in the majors noted above must apply for early admission to the M.Div. program at Beeson Divinity School at least one year prior to beginning their graduate theological studies (all undergraduate coursework must be completed before graduate coursework can begin). Applicants will then be evaluated on their academic performance, spiritual maturity and vocational clarity.

Because the program requires specific undergraduate courses, interested students should seek guidance from their advisors as early as possible in their undergraduate studies.

To get started on the accelerated path to your ministry career, view program details below and contact the appropriate program administrators at right.

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