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New seminary track programs added to Boyce College curriculum
March 31, 2020
By: Forrest Strickland
Boyce College will be adding two new seminary track programs to its academic offerings. The two new programs will be a bachelor of arts in Business Administration with a master of divinity and a bachelor of arts in Communication with a master of divinity, announced R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The seminary track program at Boyce College is a five-year curriculum during which time students receive both a bachelor of arts and a master of divinity.
“One of the programs I believe in most at Boyce College is our joint baccalaureate and master of divinity program, because of its power, stewardship, and opportunity,” said Mohler. “With the Business Administration and Communications tracks, this is going to provide even more opportunities for ministry, not only in the church but also in the workplace. What our world needs right now is a generation ready to go with urgency into the pulpit and into the world, and these two new programs are powerful demonstrations of what it means to maximize stewardship to the glory of God and in service to the gospel of Christ.”
The Business Administration and Communication tracks are the first seminary tracks Boyce College has offered that help prepare students for leading effectively in the marketplace and for service in the church. It aims to equip students for ministry in a changing world, whether as a pastor, church planter, missionary, or bi-vocational pastor, said Dustin Bruce, Dean of Boyce College.
“From small-town America to the megacities of Asia, our graduates are entering into a changing ministry context. By combining two of our most versatile marketplace degrees with our flagship ministry degree, Boyce College and Southern Seminary are coming together to equip students to serve the cause of Christ in an ever-changing world.”
David Bosch, Associate Dean of Academic Strategy and Business Program Coordinator, helped spearhead the creation of these degrees. Bosch considers the new program a tremendous opportunity for students to not only receive the theological education that is required for pastoral ministry, but also the marketplace and business skills that are necessary for the effective operation of churches.
“What a great opportunity for an individual to save time and money in being equipped for ministry,” Bosch said. “This degree is beneficial to those who want to engage in Business as Mission both domestically and internationally. It is also ideal for the bivocational minister. Lastly, It is perfect for those that want to be an executive pastor of a church or a leader in a faith-based organization. This degree is innovative as we have not watered down either degree. Now is the time to be holistically equipped for ministry and this degree does that.”
Both degrees are 199 hours and could be completed in five years. In the Communications track, students will take classes like Introduction to Communication, Media, Culture, and Society, Interpersonal Communication, in addition to the core curriculum for both degrees. The Business Administration track allows students to also choose their area of emphasis: entrepreneurial management, non-profit management, or financial and accounting management.
Prospective students can find more information here.