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Overview

The highly selective Five-Year Accelerated Bachelor of Arts–Master of Divinity Program provides an opportunity for academically competitive students to receive advanced biblical, theological, and ministry training for the contemporary world while minimizing the time required. Graduates of the Five-Year Scholars Program are fully qualified to enter the Doctor of Ministry or the Doctor of Philosophy program.

Students indicate their desire to pursue the Scholars Program when applying to PIU. Initial approval is granted at admission, and official acceptance into the program is issued upon students’ completion of 60 undergraduate hours. Scholars’ eligibility to continue in the program is monitored at the end of every semester.

During the first two years students complete the majority of their core of Bible and General Education courses. During the third year they begin courses in their track and graduate-level courses that apply to both the B.A. and the M.Div. Students apply to the Seminary Scholars Program in the spring of their second year and graduate with their B.A. in the spring of their fourth year. The fourth year is a bridge year, and the fifth year is entirely devoted to completing their M.Div. requirements. Students graduate with their M.Div. degree in the spring of their fifth year.

Purpose

The Five-Year Accelerated B.A.–M.Div. Seminary Scholars Program is designed for academically gifted and highly motivated students with proven records of excellence and clear sense of calling. The exceptional students selected to pursue this program will earn accredited Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in just five years. Students can prepare for advanced ministry leadership either in the traditional way with a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a three-year Master of Divinity degree or, if they are qualified and selected, in the new, accelerated way, with the Five-Year B.A.–M.Div. Seminary Scholars Program.

 

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Special Requirements

  • A high school graduation GPA of 3.0 or above
  • An ACT score of 25 or above or an SAT score of 1230 or above
  • Written declaration upon admission to PIU to pursue the Scholars Program
  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.00 every semester
  • Five-Year B.A.–M.Div. Scholars Program application upon completing 60 undergraduate hours
 

Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student should be equipped to do the following:

  • Demonstrate through expository messages, lectures, or journal articles a general knowledge of the Bible (original languages or English translation) and an in-depth understanding of selected books using a literal hermeneutic leading to a dispensational, premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Exhibit competence in providing appropriate spiritual counsel or guidance in a church and in other ministry settings
  • Demonstrate ability in applying Christian Apologetics to evaluate contemporary philosophical ideas and commitment to applying biblical truth in evangelism
  • Conduct graduate-level research on a ministry related subject, as demonstrated in a paper using clear English and standard procedures
  • Explain and contrast the basic tenets of Christian theology and principles of ministry from a perspective of Christian maturity and Baptist distinctives
  • Develop measurable strategies for establishing and leading effective ministries

Summary of Required Hours

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Biblical Studies - Pastoral Training

Undergraduate hours 91
Graduate hours that apply toward undergraduate requirements 33
Total hours applied toward the BA 124


Graduate Degree: M.Div. Pastoral Studies

Graduate hours that apply toward undergraduate and graduate requirements 33
Graduate hours that apply only toward the M.Div 39
Total hours applied toward the M.Div 72

 

Total Accelerated B.A. and M.Div: 163

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Bible Selected Minor

Undergraduate hours 91
Graduate hours that apply toward the B.A 33
Total hours applied to the B.A 124

 

Graduate Degree: M.Div. Church Ministry

Graduate hours that apply toward undergraduate and graduate requirements 33
Graduate hours that apply only toward the M.Div 39
Total hours applied toward the M.Div 72

 

Total Accelerated B.A. and the M.Div: 163

Degree Completion Plan

Pastoral Studies Emphasis


Church Ministry Emphasis

^Undergraduate track specific course
≈Graduate course that fulfills requirements for both B.A. and M.Div.
*Must make a C or better
~Please see the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions

Pastoral Studies Emphasis

Spring Semester

BH202 Biblical Interpretation III: Issues in Eschatology 2
BO202 Pentateuch 3
PT202 Church Education 3
  Fine Arts Elective 3
  Literature Survey 3
  Total 14

Church Ministry Emphasis

^Undergraduate track specific course
≈Graduate course that fulfills requirements for both B.A. and M.Div.
*Must make a C or better
~Please see the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions

Pastoral Studies Emphasis


Church Ministry Emphasis

Fall Semester

BLG500/ BSN601 Greek I or
NT Word Studies
3
  Graduate Ministry Elective 3
THE500 Theology I 3
  Minor Course 3
  Minor Course 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester

BLG501/ BSN__ Greek II or
Graduate NT Elective
3
THE501 Theology II 3
  Literature Survey 3
  Minor Course 3
  Minor Course 3
  Total 15

^Undergraduate track specific course
≈Graduate course that fulfills requirements for both B.A. and M.Div.
*Must make a C or better
~Please see the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions

Pastoral Studies Emphasis

Fall Semester

BN411 Greek III* 3
BIN500 Introduction to Hermeneutics 3
HIS511 Baptist History and Distinctives 3
  Graduate NT Bible Elective 3
  General Education Elective 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester

BN412 Greek IV* 3
BP412 Senior Seminar 1
BN402 Acts 2
MIN628 Mentored Internship 3
THE517 Apologetics 3
  Graduate Theology Elective 3
  Total 15

Summer

HIS500/ HIS501 Church History I or Church History II 3
RES511 Research: Writing & Communication 3
  Graduate Ministry Elective 3
  Total 9

Church Ministry Emphasis

Fall Semester

BIN500 Introduction to Hermeneutics 3
BLH600/ BSO601 Hebrew I or
OT Word Studies
3
HIS511 Baptist History & Distinctives ≈ 3
  General Education Elective 3
  Minor Course 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester

BLH601/ BSO__ Hebrew II or
Graduate OT Elective
3
BP412 Senior Seminar 1
BN402 Acts 2
MIN508 Global Focus of Church Ministry 3
THE517 Apologetics 3
  Undergraduate Level Free Elective 2
  Total 14

Summer

HIS500/ HIS501 Church History I or Church History II 3
MIN628 Internship and Mentoring~ 3
RES511 Research: Writing & Communication 3
  Total 9

^Undergraduate track specific course
≈Graduate course that fulfills requirements for both B.A. and M.Div.
*Must make a C or better
~Please see the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In addition to the requirements stated above, the following requirements must also be met:

Note: Accompanying the B.A.–M.Div. Scholars Application should be an essay by the applicant stating and explaining the following:

  1. Evidence of academic excellence
  2. Record of ministry effectiveness
  3. Clear sense of calling
  • A letter of endorsement by a local church, a church-related ministry or a parachurch organization recommending the applicant to pursue the Scholars Program
  • Selection by the Five-Year B.A.–M.Div. Scholars Program Committee
  • Note: The selection criteria include the following:
  1. Cumulative GPA and academic success
  2. Commitment to excellence in ministry
  3. Letter of endorsement
  4. Student Christian character
  5. Vote of the Scholars Committee

Special Requirements for Degree Completion

  • Time limits to Complete Program
  1. Standard: 5 years
  2. Maximum: 8 years
  • Minimum Hours to be Completed at Piedmont
    • Undergraduate credits: 30 hrs
    • Graduate credits: 36 hrs Maximum Transfer Credits Allowed
    • Undergraduate credits: 60 hrs
    • Graduate credits: 36 hrs
  • Minimum Graduation GPA
    1. Undergraduate: 3.00
    2. Graduate: 3.00

Choose one Track from this list (track will carry over into M.Div.):

Undergraduate:
  • B.A. Biblical Studies (Pastoral Training)
  • B.A. Bible with Selected Minor
Graduate:
  • M.Div. Pastoral Studies
  • M.Div. Church Ministry

Pastoral Studies Emphasis

Fall Semester

BLH600 Hebrew I 3
BSO500 Introduction to OT 3
MIN500 Leadership and Vision Casting 3
MIN508 Global Focus of Church Ministry 3
THE505 Dispensationalism 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester

BLH601 Hebrew II 3
BSN500 Introduction to NT 3
MIN525 Discipleship and Christian Education 3
MIN620 Issues in Counseling 3
  Graduate Level General Elective 3
  Total 15

Church Ministry Emphasis

Fall Semester

BSO500 Introduction to OT 3
THE505 Dispensationalism 3
  Graduate Level General Elective 3
  MDIV Track Course 3
  MDIV Track Course 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester

BSN500 Introduction to NT 3
MIN520/ MIN524 Homiletics or Teaching the Bible 3
  Graduate Level Theolgy Elective 3
  MDIV Track Course 3
  MDIV Track Course 3
  Total 15

^Undergraduate track specific course
≈Graduate course that fulfills requirements for both B.A. and M.Div.
*Must make a C or better
~Please see the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.