Biblical & Theological Studies

Seminary Track

Be prepared for ministry.

Earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as few as five years.

There has never been a more rigorous and expedient way to prepare for gospel ministry. Experience the rigor of seminary while enjoying the rich community of Boyce.

The seminary track has been an incredible blessing in my life. I have grown in my knowledge of the Scriptures under world-class scholars and the Lord has blessed me with many godly friends.

Grant Thigpen — Decatur, AL

When I heard about the seminary track during a visit, I knew God was answering my prayers and providing a way to equip me thoroughly for ministry.

Carey Johnson — Sharpsburg, GA

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Use the tabs below to explore the courses, outcomes, and further information on this program.

General Studies 33 Credits
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HS 105 Ancient Near Eastern History 3
HU 421 Great Books Seminar I 3
HU 422 Great Books Seminar II 3
MA — Math Elective 3
PH 103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PH 108 Worldview Analysis 3
PH 311 Introduction to Ethics 3
PH 321 Religion in the Public Square 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Ministry Studies 12 Credits
CN 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
CE 101 Introduction to Christian Education 3
PR 205 Preaching I (Men) or 3
SP 105 Introduction to Public Speaking (Women) 3
PR 206 Preaching II (Men) or 3
SP 106 Advanced Public Speaking (Women) 3
Biblical and Theological Studies 15 Credits
BL 342 History of the Bible 3
LN 231 Greek I 3
LN 232 Greek II 3
LN 321 Hebrew I 3
LN 322 Hebrew II 3
General Electives 9 Credits
Ministry Studies 12 Credits
32960 Introduction to Missiology* 3
32100 Personal Evangelism* 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry* 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry* (Men) or 3
40080 Christian Leadership* (Women) 3
Biblical and Theological Studies 39 Credits
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I* 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II* 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics* 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I* 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II* 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I* 3
25120 Introduction Church History II* 3
26100 History of the Baptists* 3
27060 Systematic Theology I* 3
27070 Systematic Theology II* 3
27080 Systematic Theology III* 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis* 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis* 3
Additional Master’s Level Courses 28 Credits
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
44910 Applied Ministry: Theology 1
Free Electives 24
Total Degree Hours 199 Credits
Total Credits Earned in Class 148
Credits Earned by Examination 51

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrates a growing, Christ-like character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Understands the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Demonstrates significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Integrates systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Displays a biblical vision for ministry and lead with humble authority.
  • Preaches/teaches Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who are admitted into the Seminary Track program begin taking Seminary classes after their first year of study at Boyce College. After their first year, students officially begin working towards both the B.A. and M.Div. concurrently. After 5 years of full-time study, qualified students will graduate with both his or her B.A. and M.Div.

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
  • The Seminary Track is ideal for students who feel called to vocational ministry and desire to train at the seminary level. In addition, the Seminary Track program is designed for students who desire to take the next step in their calling by pursuing rigorous theological education that will help equip future ministry leaders to be academically capable and spiritually mature.

    If you’re uncertain about whether you feel called to ministry or not, our president, Dr. Albert Mohler, and Southern Seminary professor, Dr. Donald Whitney, have provided an extremely helpful article and video about how to know if the Lord is calling you to ministry.

    Students who feel called to ministry are often encouraged to complete their Master’s of Divinity following the completion of their undergraduate degree. The Seminary Track helps merge a student’s academic pursuits into one five-year program. With one five-year program, students will be able to save approximately 2-3 years of education compared to completing a four year degree and then a three year MDiv. In addition, The Seminary Track program can save students upwards of $15,000-20,000 by condensing their education into our five-year program.

    For students considering the Seminary Track, there are two paths to gain entrance into the program:

    Track 1 - Standard Entry (following one year of study at Boyce)
    Students desiring to pursue the Seminary Track after their first year at Boyce may pursue admittance into the program after completing a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students wishing to begin the Seminary Track program must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout their first year of study (at least 24 hours) and then undergo a character evaluation before gaining entrance into the program. After their first year of study, the student may complete the application process with his or her academic advisor.

    Track 2 - Transfer Student Entry
    Students transferring to Boyce College who would like to pursue the Seminary Track as a transfer student may also do so. If a student is transferring to Boyce with less than 24 hours of completed hour must reach that minimum threshold to be able to apply for admission into the program. In some cases, however, if a student has already completed the necessary hours at the undergraduate level before transferring to Boyce may apply for acceptance into the program after one semester of study.

    Students are able to begin the admissions process during their second semester at Boyce or once they are considered “in progress” for at least 24 credit hours. This often occurs during the month of December for the Spring semester or June for the Fall semester. Students will go through their academic adviser to receive the application information.

    The character evaluation is intended to assess the Christian maturity of candidates and to consider their potential for success in graduate level study since the rigorous nature of this program will demand a lot of the student.

    Students not admitted to the seminary track are encouraged to consider some of Boyce College’s other excellent undergraduate degree options. Students can complete a traditional Boyce College bachelor’s degree and then enroll in the Alumni MDiv, finishing both degrees in as little as 6 years.

    Students who choose not to enroll in the Seminary Track will be able to transfer all of his or her Boyce College credit into the Biblical and Theological Studies bachelor or many other programs at Boyce.

    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 are paid through a program fee over the next four years ($54,944 SBC; $109,888 non-SBC [2019-20 school year]). A down payment of $1,000 is due after the 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 of $1,000 per year.

    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. Students who are members or members in-progress at a Southern Baptist church can qualify for the SBC tuition rate, which reduces tuition by 50%.

    Seminary track students earn the credit hours toward their undergraduate degree in several ways. First, many classes will be taken at the undergraduate level. In addition, Seminary Track students will earn some of their hours through credit-by-examination tests at the conclusion of their semesters of study.

    Seminary track students are considered undergraduates until they reach 120 credit hours, with full-time status is 12 credit hours per semester. Once they reach 120 credit hours, seminary track students are considered masters-level students, with full-time status changing to 9 credit hours per semester.

    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.

    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.

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