To help students to be good stewards of their financial resources, the School of Christian Studies is proud to offer an accelerated B.C.M. in Theological Studies to M.A. in Theological Studies program for theological studies majors who apply as undergraduates. The accelerated program can reduce the financial cost for the student by reducing the time required to complete a master’s degree.
The accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree program reduces the total hours for the two degrees from 166 hours to 148 hours (for non-thesis track) and from 190 hours to 154 hours (for thesis track). Students must apply and be admitted to this program.
- Full-time students transition from bachelor-level coursework to master-level coursework in years three to four and complete both degrees simultaneously in years five to six (depending on hours taken)
- A minor is not required in the professional development block for the thesis track
- Graduate coursework taken as an upper-classman cross-lists on the baccalaureate degree plan
- 6 hours for non-thesis track
- 18 hours for thesis track
- No more than 6 hours (or 18 for thesis track) can be cross-listed, though graduate courses can be taken concurrently if needed in the last term of the B.C.M. for financial aid
- Cross-listed courses in the major are 6 hours from the following:
- Cross-listed courses for the thesis track are 18 hours from those listed above or the following:
- Graduate Greek or Hebrew courses for electives in professional development
- THST electives (in consultation with faculty mentor) for electives in professional development
- MNST 3260 - Practicum and MNST 4100 - Senior Ministry Capstone are replaced with a 3 hour THST or MNST undergraduate elective
- Students in the thesis track must take GREK 1301 and GREK 1302 in the Math/Science/Languages general education slots or as electives
To remain in good standing for accelerated program:
- Student must make C or better in all major coursework in the B.C.M. degree
- Student must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in first sixty hours of the B.C.M. degree
- Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in last sixty hours of the B.C.M. degree
- Student must earn B or better in the cross-listed graduate courses
B.C.M. Theological Studies
The theological studies major focuses the student’s ministerial training on exploration of the world of the Bible, deepening his or her understanding of Christian doctrine, ethics, and church history. To complement the major, the student will complete a minor as a portion of the professional development hours in the degree unless the student enters the university with substantial ministry-related transfer credit, as determined by the dean of the school.
Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 44 hrs
The Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree (B.C.M.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed to afford both academic and professional depth for individuals who express a call to ministry. The degree integrates university degree requirements with appropriate experience. A minimum of 36 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Components of the Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree include:
English - 6 hrs:
- ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric 3 hrs 1 and ENGL 1302 - Composition and Reading 3 hrs1
History - 6 hrs from:
- HIST 1301 - Western Civilization to 1648 3 hrs or HIST 1303 - World Civilization to 1500 3 hrs AND HIST 1302 - Western Civilization since 1648 3 hrs or HIST 1304 - World Civilization since 1500 3 hrs; -OR- HIST 2301 - United States History to 1877 3 hrs and HIST 2302 - United States History since 1877 3 hrs
Mathematics - 3 hrs:
- MATH 1303 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3 hrs - OR - higher
Exercise and Sport Science - 3 hrs:
- EXSS courses2
Religion - 6 hrs:
- RLGN 1303 - Old Testament for Majors and Minors 3 hrs 3 and RLGN 1304 - New Testament for Majors and Minors 3 hrs3
Science - 3 hrs:
- Science course 3 hrs
Political Science - 3 hrs:
- POLS 2301 - American Government 3 hrs
Communication - 3 hrs from:
- COMS 1301 - Speech Communication 3 hrs , COMS 1303 - Professional Communication 3 hrs, COMS 2302 - Communication in the Classroom 3 hrs, or COMS 2303 - Public Speaking 3 hrs
Computer Applications - 3 hrs:
- COSC 2311 - Computer Applications 3 hrs 4
Additional Requirements - 8 hrs:
- Math/Science/Language5 3 hrs
- Math/Science/Language5 3 hrs
- BASC 1200 - Best Achievement Strategies for College 2 hrs -OR- BASC 1201 - Best Achievement Strategies for College 2 hrs
- GRAD 0001 - Senior Seminar 0 hrs
- ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
- Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from the EXSS requirement with DD-214 from basic training.
- Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1303 - Old Testament for Majors and Minors or RLGN 1304 - New Testament for Majors and Minors , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1303 - Old Testament for Majors and Minors and/or RLGN 1304 - New Testament for Majors and Minors , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1303 and/or RLGN 1304 at Wayland or (2) take THST 4310 , THST 4311 , THST 4312 , THST 4313 , or THST 4320 in lieu of RLGN 1303 ; and/or take THST 4320 , THST 4321 , THST 4322 , or THST 4323 in lieu of RLGN 1304 . THST 4320 may be an option for either RLGN 1303 or RLGN 1304 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other THST/MNST courses may substitute for either RLGN 1303 or RLGN 1304 . The Dean of the School of Christian Studies must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1303 - Old Testament for Majors and Minors or RLGN 1304 - New Testament for Majors and Minors , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Christian Studies and the Registrar.
- Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description.
- Remedial level courses may not be used to fulfill the mathematics requirement. Equivalents to MATH 1300 may be used.
Students seeking the B.C.M. degree will complete the appropriate major requirements as outlined in the School of Christian Studies section.
Experiential Professional Development
The experiential professional development component consists of 12 semester hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Experiential learning may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Experiential learning must be evaluated and approved by the university. Students who have work experience in full-time, part-time or co-vocational ministry positions may have the work experience evaluated if the ministry position is a paid staff position with formal job requirements. Upper-level electives will be used to meet the experiential professional development requirement in cases where work experience is lacking. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area if they do not relate to the major.
The Professional Development component of the B.C.M. consists of 24 semester hours selected to provide depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals. Depth and breadth can be met through a specialization, a minor, or ministry-related courses. Student completing Christian ministry or theological studies majors will complete a minor as a portion of the professional development hours unless the student enters the university with substantial ministry-related transfer credit, as determined by the dean of the School of Christian Studies, or they are accepted into an accelerated program that does not require a minor. Students in the co-vocational ministry major will complete a specialization as part of a composite major in lieu of a separate professional development component. Co-vocational ministry specializations may require additional hours beyond the 24 semester hours, in which case hours will be reduced from the electives block or added to the degree.
Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.
Theological Studies - 36 hrs
The theological studies major requires a minimum of 36 hours from the following courses, of which 6 hours may be cross-listed for non-thesis track and 18 hours may be cross-listed for thesis track M.A. in theological studies (indicated in parenthesis):
Christian Studies Common Core - 18 hrs
The School of Christian Studies seeks a holistic approach to ministerial training, preparing the head (knowledge), the heart (devotion), and the hands (service). This holistic approach begins with a common core for all Christian Studies majors.
Theological Studies - 18 hrs
M.A. Theological Studies
The M.A. in theological studies is an advanced degree for persons interested in furthering their theological and ministerial education, primarily in the classical disciplines of biblical studies, church history, theology, ethics, and philosophy. The non-thesis track allows students who elect not to complete a Master of Divinity the opportunity to gain additional theological training while actively serving in a local Christian ministry. It may also provide interested students an avenue for additional study in the classical disciplines.
The thesis track substantively prepares the student for work on more advanced degrees, such as the Ph.D. or Th.D. in a classical discipline, with hours in biblical languages and a research thesis. Students considering a career teaching at the college or seminary level should understand that the M.A. in theological studies is a step toward the academic credentials required for college or seminary teaching positions.
The non-thesis track is 30 hours for students with no work in Christian Studies. The thesis track includes an additional 18 hours of graduate work beyond the 30 hours.
Theological Studies Core - 15 hrs
Biblical Studies - three hours from:
Theology-History - three hours from:
Philosophy-Ethics-Religion - three hours from:
Spiritual Formation - three hours from:
Electives - 15 hrs (at least 9 hrs THST or PHIL)
Fifteen hours of electives, of which at least nine must be THST or PHIL
Students may designate 12 of the 30 hours as a specialization in Biblical Studies or Christian Thought. These hours are neither added to nor deducted from the required hours listed above. Students considering doctoral study should select a specialization in consultation with a faculty mentor.
Thesis (pre-doctoral) track - 18 additional hours
In addition to the 30 hours above, students who wish to prepare for doctoral work in Old Testament, New Testament, theology, church history, or philosophy of religion are encouraged to complete the thesis (pre-doctoral) track. Students should complete the appropriate specialization for their field of interest in consultation with a faculty mentor.
The thesis requires a students to demonstrate the ability to do independent research while competency in biblical languages is a prerequisite for most doctoral programs. In addition, students should be aware that many doctoral programs require competency in additional modern research languages, so advance exploration of doctoral programs is suggested as is consultation with a faculty mentor.
Prerequisite courses for the thesis track: (to be completed in the Math/Science/Language general education slots or electives for the B.C.M. degree)
Thesis (pre-doctoral) track additional graduate courses: