Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Feb 24, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated B.C.M. Chrstn Min to M.Div.

Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.Div.

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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. Christian ministry to M.Div. program for students 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 program would reduce the total hours for the two degrees from 196 hours to 161 hours (208 to 161 for biblical languages track).  Undergraduate students must apply and be admitted to this program.

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 C or better in the 35 hours of cross-listed graduate courses

B.C.M. Christian Ministry

The Christian ministry major focuses the student’s ministerial training on cultivation of leadership skills, understanding of the various ministries of the church, acquisition of basic skills in conflict resolution and pastoral counseling, and effective teaching of biblical and discipleship concepts.

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:

Academic Major

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.

Professional Development

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.

Christian Ministry - 36 hrs

The Christian ministry major requires a minimum of 36 semester hours from the following courses, of which 11 hours will be cross-listed for M.Div.:

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.

Christian Ministry - 18 hrs

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity is the standard professional degree for individuals entering Christian ministry. For a variety of reasons, however, many individuals find themselves actively engaged in ministry and unable to relocate to a school providing the M.Div. The School of Christian Studies offers a Master of Divinity program that can be completed fully online or through a combination of face-to-face classes at one of Wayland’s many campuses.

The program prepares the student for effective ministry in the twenty-first century, whether serving in the church, on the mission field, in a denominational institution, or through a parachurch organization. The program seeks to prepare the entire person for service in the kingdom of God, by connecting the intellectual disciplines with practical training and spiritual development.

Core Classes - 51-57 hrs

Spiritual Formation - 10 hrs

Biblical Foundations - 12-18 hrs

Ministry Engagement - 8 hrs

Electives - 15-21 hrs

Students in the non-language track must complete 21 hours of electives. Students in the biblical languages track must complete 15 hours of electives.

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