WBU Announces Accelerated MDiv Program

February 28, 2019


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The School of Religion announces a new accelerated Master of Divinity program.

PLAINVIEW — While it’s been in the works for a little more than a year, planning began seriously last fall. Now, the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University announces the 5-year Master of Divinity program. It is the first accelerated MDiv program among Texas Baptists.

Dr. Stephen Stookey, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy, said the move to a 5-year MDiv is part of a total curriculum change through which the school hopes to meet the needs of students and churches.

“We did a thorough examination of trends in theological education as well as an examination of the needs of our constituent churches and students,” Stookey said. “We went into this process with the idea of how can we best serve our students and our churches.”

The new 5-year MDIV is an accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s program. Students working on a bachelor’s degree earn graduate-level credit for their junior- and senior-level courses. These courses transfer directly into the master’s program, shortening the length of time needed to complete the degree.

“The accelerated program allows students the opportunity to trim up to two years off the traditional seven-year college and seminary path,” Stookey said.

The accelerated timeline allows students to save up to two years of tuition costs and related fees. The program also offers mentored ministry experiences and mission opportunities that enhance the classroom learning. The Master of Divinity program prepares students for effective ministry. Wayland offers a 72-credit-hour program and a 78-credit-hour program that includes a biblical languages track.

“We are excited about the possibilities that these degrees will offer our students and our partner churches,” he said.

The new, accelerated degree program will take effect beginning the fall of 2019 under the new academic catalog. It is available at all Wayland campuses and online. To find out more about the program, email the School of Religion and Philosophy at christianstudies@wbu.edu.

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