How does the seminary track BA work?
Qualifying students in the seminary track are able to be admitted into the MDiv usually at the start of their 2nd year of BA study. Then, they earn credit toward both degrees concurrently, graduating with both degrees at the conclusion of their study.
Who should consider the seminary track BA?
The seminary track BA is designed for students who demonstrate both high levels of academic ability and high levels of Christian maturity. The minimum academic requirements to apply for this program are either:
- 27 ACT OR 1820 SAT with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better
- 24 ACT OR 1650 SAT with a high school GPA of 3.75 or better
Students who do not meet these entrance standards can seek consideration for the seminary track after one full year of study if they maintain a 3.5 GPA or better.
Why should I consider the seminary track BA?
The seminary track BA is ideal for students who are called to ministry and desire to train for it in the future through seminary. It’s simple—the seminary track BA offers more training in less time and for less cost. The better question is: why would you not consider the seminary track BA?
Why should Bible College students consider seminary?
Seminary is a great way for Bible College students to receive advanced academic training in a Christ-centered community that will sharpen their skills for a lifetime of ministry effectiveness.
Seminary Track Admissions
How do students apply to the seminary track?
Applying to the seminary track is simple. Prospective students who meet the minimum requirements for application (27 ACT OR 1820 SAT with a high school GPA of 3.5+ OR 24 ACT OR 1650 SAT with a high school GPA of 3.75+) are invited to apply for “pre-qualification” into the Seminary Track. Those that don’t meet the minimum standards can seek admission after their first year of study. Students admitted into the seminary BA must maintain a 3.3 GPA throughout their studies to remain in the program.
Why is there a secondary admissions process to enter the Master of Divinity if students have already been admitted into the seminary track BA?
Students go through a secondary admissions process at the end of their first year of study to enter the MDiv because admission into the seminary track BA does not guarantee admission into the MDiv. During the secondary admissions process, an academic and character evaluation is conducted. Students who are “pre-qualified” for the seminary track simply need to maintain a 3.5 GPA during their first year of study and go through the character evaluation to gain admittance to the MDiv.
Can students enter the seminary track even if they don’t meet the minimum high school standards for entry?
Yes. Students who do not meet the minimum standards for entry can still be admitted to the program after completing the equivalent of one year of undergraduate study. To be considered, they must maintain a 3.5 GPA during their first year of study and go through the secondary application process, with its academic and character evaluation.
Does “pre-qualification” into the seminary track guarantee admission into the MDiv?
No, “pre-qualification” into the seminary track does not guarantee admission into the MDiv. The secondary admissions process for the MDiv occurs after one year of study. However, students who have “pre-qualified”and maintain a 3.5 GPA during their first year of study meet the academic expectations for entry into the MDiv.
Can transfer students enter the seminary track?
Yes, transfer students can enter the seminary track in the same way that incoming freshmen can. Transfer students can enter by meeting the minimum standards for the program based on their high school academic performance. Or they can be admitted based on an academic and character evaluation of their transfer credit. Transfer students who have at least 12 undergraduate credits and pre-qualifiy for the seminary track can then go through the secondary admissions process for the MDiv after only one semester of evaluation. All others who have not pre-qualified must wait two semesters of evaluation before their application can be accepted.
What are the requirements for applying to the Master of Divinity concurrently with the seminary track?
Students who can be considered for admission to the MDiv during the secondary admission process must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum GPA: 3.5
- Minimum hours: 24 hours earned or in progress, which is equivalent to one year of study. Transfer students with 12 or more credits may apply after only one semester, if they have pre-qualified for the seminary track.
- Character evaluation: Evaluations are conducted in a variety of ways, depending on the student, to assess their Christian maturity and potential for success at the graduate level
- Church Membership (Louisville): Applicants for the seminary track are required to demonstrate active membership in a church in Louisville.
When does the admissions process occur for the Master of Divinity?
Applications are accepted for the secondary admissions process at any time during your second semester at Boyce College (or your first semester for pre-qualified students with 12 or more transfer credits). Applications for entry into the Master of Divinity program are processed twice a year, in December for the Spring semester and in June for the Fall semester. Students submit their application for entry and then go through the academic and character evaluations. The application deadline is December 1 for the Spring semester and June 1 for the Fall semester.
Why is there a character evaluation in addition to an academic evaluation for entrance into the concurrent Master of Divinity?
The character evaluation is intended to assess the Christian maturity of candidates to consider their potential for success in graduate level study. The rigorous nature of this academic course of study demands both academic aptitude and well-developed character for students to succeed.
Why is a statement of active church membership in Louisville required for entrance into the concurrent Master of Divinity?
Southern Seminary and Boyce College exist to serve and build up local churches by training men and women with theological education. We want to ensure that students entering into the seminary track are committed to a local church here in Louisville, where they will spend the better part of each year. A statement of associate membership is accepted as well.
Seminary Track Detail
How much does the seminary track cost?
Most students who enter the seminary track pay the standard tuition rate for Boyce College during their first year of study. If students are admitted into the concurrent MDiv after completing their first year of study, the remainder of their tuition costs is paid through a program fee over the next four years ($47,463 SBC; $94,925 non-SBC [2016-2017 school year]).
A down payment of $1,000 is due after the secondary admissions process to secure a student’s spot in the concurrent degrees. Then the balance of the program fee is paid monthly over the next 48 months. Students who do not complete both degrees during the 48 month period are subject to a continuation fee.
What kind of academic advising is available for seminary track students?
Seminary track students will receive world-class academic advising from the moment they enter Boyce College. Advisors help students plan a sequence of study, make course decisions, and professor selections. In addition, they provide academic guidance to help students as they pursue their concurrent BA and MDiv.
How do students earn credit hours for their undergraduate degree?
Seminary track students earn the credit hours toward their undergraduate degree in several ways. The majority of their hours are earned by taking regular undergraduate courses. In addition, seminary track students will earn some of their hours through credit-by-examination tests at the conclusion of their semesters of study.
What if I take courses out of sequence?
The seminary track provides a lot of flexibility on when students take particular courses. There may be times when seminary track students take a course out of sequence, and our academic advising team can help. Advisors will help students customize a plan that will help them achieve their academic goals as easily as possible.
Are seminary track students eligible for financial aid?
Yes, seminary track students may apply for Boyce College scholarships and must meet basic eligibility requirements including full-time study at the Louisville campus. Seminary-track students can apply for the need-based General Scholarship or the merit-based Academic Excellence Scholarship. Those students who are Southern Baptist can qualify for the SBC tuition rate, which reduces tuition by 50%. Click here to learn more about financial aid options.
What is considered full-time for seminary track students?
Seminary track students are considered undergraduates until they reach 120 credit hours, with full-time status being 12 credit hours. Once they reach 120 credit hours, seminary track students are considered masters-level students, with full-time status changing to 9 credit hours.
What are the credit-by-examination tests like?
Credit-by-examination tests create a convenient yet comprehensive way for undergraduate students to earn hours toward their degree. Credit-by-examination tests are used across the country in undergraduate schools, primarily through CLEP or other standardized exams that can be applied to degrees at Boyce College. In addition, seminary track students will also complete credit-by-examination tests specific to Boyce College for a portion of their undergraduate credit hours. Please peruse our CLEP Eligibility Chart to determine the eligibility of specific examinations for credit at Boyce.
Will seminary track students still have a “normal” undergraduate student experience?
Yes, seminary track students get the best of both worlds—the full undergraduate student life experience combined with the opportunity to achieve their academic goals more quickly. Seminary track students live in undergraduate housing, take undergraduate courses throughout their degree, and can participate in Boyce College’s robust student life program.
What classes will seminary track students take?
Seminary track students will complete a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours and 79 masters level hours. For students who want to understand what courses are required in the seminary track, they can view the program curriculum for an overview of the required courses or view the recommended program sequence for a suggested pathway to degree completion.
What degrees will seminary track students earn?
Seminary track students who are subsequently admitted into the concurrent Master of Divinity program will earn two degrees in as little as five years. The two degrees are the:
- Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies
- Master of Divinity
In the future, there are plans to possibly offer a variety of concentrations at the masters level to allow students to specialize in various areas of study.
Can seminary track students take online classes?
Because of the rigorous intensity and unique nature of the seminary track BA, it is designed to be a residential program. As a result, students must receive prior approval through their academic advisor before enrolling in online versions of any undergraduate or masters level courses.
Do seminary track students need to finish their bachelor’s degree before they can enter the concurrent Master of Divinity?
No, seminary track students do not need to finish their bachelor’s degree before entering the MDiv program. Instead, seminary track students are eligible for admission into the concurrent MDiv after completing the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate study through the secondary admissions process.
What options do students have if they don’t get accepted into the seminary track?
Students who are not initially admitted into the seminary track can attempt to enter it after completing the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate study. These students must maintain a minimum of a 3.5 GPA during that time and go through the academic and character evaluation that is part of the secondary admissions process.
In addition, students not admitted to the seminary track are encouraged to consider some of Boyce College’s other excellent programs, which can be paired with the Southern Seminary advanced MDiv. Students can complete a traditional Boyce College bachelor’s degree and then enroll in the advanced MDiv, finishing both degrees in as little as 6 years.
What if students choose to continue with only their bachelor’s degree instead of enrolling in the concurrent Master of Divinity?
Students who choose not to continue in the seminary track can at any point transfer all applicable earned credit toward one of Boyce College’s many degree options. This provision includes those who choose not to enroll in the concurrent MDiv. Students who do not continue the seminary track do not continue to pay the Seminary Track Program Fee. Instead, they will return to paying the normal Boyce College undergraduate tuition rate for the duration of their studies.