Published on December 8, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
Accelerated MDiv

Samford University has created an accelerated professional pathway for select undergraduate students called to ministry, giving them the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Beeson Divinity School's Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in six years rather than the typical seven. Applicants majoring in biblical studies, religion (including the  concentration in ministry leadership) or Christian ministry will be evaluated on their academic performance, spiritual maturity and vocational clarity.

“Originally an impetus of Beeson Divinity School reaching out to the undergraduate departments, the new accelerated degree track was designed in coordination with both the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies in Howard College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Christian Ministry in the School of the Arts,” said Scott Guffin, executive director of Samford’s Christian Ministry program. “Our hope is to see a limited number of highly-focused students from both departments take part each year in the new program.”

Early focus and careful planning with advisors are essential to the program, organizers said. Students must complete all coursework required for their undergraduate major (96-98 hours; no general electives) before beginning their M.Div. studies. Application for admission to Beeson Divinity School must be made one year prior to beginning graduate studies. Students who are granted admission will participate in a co-curricular program of spiritual and vocational mentoring during their final year of undergraduate studies.

 “We at Beeson look forward to welcoming such students into the life we share together in our community of disciples called to serve the Lord by building up his church around the world," said  Douglas Sweeney, dean of Beeson Divinity School. “It offers a great way for gifted college students to focus early on their ministerial training.”

Roy Ciampa, chair of the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, noted that many of the department’s graduates have crossed Samford’s Quad to continue their theological education. “Beeson Divinity School, Samford’s top-tier interdenominational, evangelical divinity school, has always been a great place for our students to gain further preparation for a life of ministry,” he said. “Now it is an even better option!”

Learn more about Samford’s accelerated B.A.-to-M.Div. program.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.