BMA Seminary offers degree programs to students at all levels. The Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Church Ministries, and Master of Arts (Religion) prepare students who already possess a bachelor’s degree for a variety of ministries. Each Master’s degree has different lengths and emphases. The Bachelor of Arts in Religion is designed for students who already possess an Associate’s degree or some undergraduate hours. The Associate of Divinity is designed for students who have no prior college work and want to focus on preparing for ministry. BMA Seminary also has other educational opportunities for individuals who do not wish to pursue a degree but would like to better themselves.
Degree Program Objectives
The objectives of the degree programs are to enable the student to:
- Receive theoretical and practical education which will afford preparation for ministry in the field of his/her calling.
- Develop an attitude of commitment to God and professional dedication toward the service ministries of the church.
- Acquire the skills necessary to minister effectively in the area of his/her specialization.
- Acquire the foundational experience and education necessary for advanced ministerial or doctoral studies in his/her chosen area of service. (Not applicable to the A.Div. student).
College Level Competencies
By the completion of an undergraduate degree program, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the following general education areas:
- the ability to communicate effectively in oral communication.
- the ability to communicate clearly and effectively through writing.
- the ability to analyze and evaluate data and information through critical thinking.
- the ability to perform independent and competent research.
- the ability to interact with others both professionally and socially.
Directed study courses enable a student to take a course that is not being offered during a particular semester. Such courses are under the direct supervision of a professor and frequently entail significantly more reading and writing than courses taken in a classroom. All directed study courses require the approval of the Academic Dean and the relevant Professor.
- An undergraduate student may take an directed study course after he/she has completed 39-hours of studies.
- Potentially, directed study courses are immediately available to graduate students.
- Only one such course per semester may be taken. (An exception to this rule may be made during the semester of graduation.)
Graduate students must complete all program degree requirements within seven (7) years of their initial enrollment in a particular program of studies. Credits that meet the requirements of a particular degree program, satisfy the minimum grade requirement (“C”), are not more than ten years old, and do not exceed transfer limitations may be applied toward degree requirements. Credits that are in excess of ten years old may not be applied toward a master’s degree.
Second Masters Degree
Students who have earned one master’s degree at BMA Seminary may work toward a second master’s degree. Acceptance into another seminary degree program must be approved by the faculty. Students who wish to follow this course for earning a second master’s degree should consult with the Dean’s Office. The following guidelines will be used in determining the necessary work for the second degree:
- Every student will meet all residence requirements.
- The Dean will determine, on the basis of individual needs and background, what specific courses are required for the second degree.
- The completion of two Master of Arts degrees from the seminary will require a total of 96 hours. The completion of the seminary’s Master of Divinity degree and an additional degree will require a minimum of 120 hours.