Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Mar 05, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.Div./M.B.A. Joint Degree

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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./M.B.A. joint degree 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 214 hours to 179 hours.  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 to M.Div./M.B.A. joint degree program:

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/Master of Business Administration, Joint Degree

The Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration (M.Div./M.B.A.) joint degree is awarded jointly by the School of Christian Studies and the School of Business, but is administered through the School of Christian Studies. The joint degree provides theological training for ministers coupled with an education in business and administration, enabling graduates to serve as executive or administrative ministers in churches or serve as competent leaders in parachurch organizations and not-for-profit ministries.

The M.Div./M.B.A. joint degree is a 90-hour program consisting of 57 hours in ministry and theological studies and 33 hours in business administration. When completed separately, the M.Div. is a 72-hour degree and the M.B.A. is a 48-hour degree. Up to three M.B.A. foundation courses may be waived for applicants who have academic background in business disciplines.

Once admitted to the joint degree, students can enroll in both M.Div. and M.B.A. courses during the same semester. No degree is awarded until the student completes the entire program, at which time the joint degree is awarded. The joint degree can be completed fully online or through a combination of face-to-face classes at one of Wayland’s many campuses.

Master of Divinity Courses - 57 hrs

Spiritual Formation - 10 hrs

Biblical Foundations - 12 hrs

Ministry Engagement - 5 hrs

Electives - 9 hrs

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