The “Dual Degree Completion Program” allows students with an associate’s degree, coursework toward an uncompleted undergraduate degree, and life experiences that may count toward college credit to enroll in The Bible Seminary on a degree track resulting in both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.
Students who successfully complete this program will have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (B.A.), and either a companion Master of Arts (M.A.) or a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree.
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is customized for each student to incorporate previous college coursework (such as a 60-credit Associate degree), prior learning assessments, additional college studies, and TBS core graduate courses that can serve as dual bachelor/master credits.
TBS only offers a combined B.A./M.A. or B.A./M.Div. – or a separate M.A. or M. Div. – but not a B.A. only. The combined degree can be completed in as few as two (2) or three (3) years for some full-time students. Additional time may be required for students who have not satisfied all of the non-TBS degree requirements.
To graduate with a B.A., students must earn approximately 120 credit hours as follows:
30 credits: General Education (non-TBS)
15 credits: Bible and Christian studies (non-TBS)
45 credits: Electives (non-TBS)
Can be fulfilled by any combination of prior learning assessments, CLEP, and competency assessments obtained from the TRACS approved Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, such as Learning Counts (Learningcounts.org), and/or other college work.
30 credits: TBS core courses
Accepted students may enroll in our current graduate program, without any modifications, and transfer in or work on the side to complete any non-TBS credit hour bachelor’s degree requirements.
Students who complete the program will have completed a combined total of approximately 150 credit hours for a B.A./M.A. degree, or 186 credit hours for the B.A./M.Div. degree. Students receive both degrees together after all requirements are completed for BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The customized degree may require that students take courses from other colleges or universities. Tuition for any of these additional college courses and prior learning assessments outside of TBS and required to complete the bachelor’s degree are the direct responsibility of the student.
Students enrolling in the program are responsible for applying, registering, enrolling, and transferring in credits from other schools and LearningCounts.org with respect to non-TBS undergraduate degree requirements.
This type of combined degree structure conforms to the guidelines found in various accrediting agencies, including ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education), ATS (Association of Theological Schools), SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), and TRACS (Transnational Association of Christian Schools).
Tuition and fees for undergraduate credits and graduate credits are the same. Financial aid through the TBS Student Scholarship Fund may be available to help fund the dual-credit and Master’s level program components offered by TBS. See “Financial Aid” resources for more information.
Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes
There are three objectives and student learning outcomes for this program that also permeates every course:
The seminary will teach, and the student will understand and be able to exposit and explain all the book(s) of the Bible covered in program in addition to the specific book(s) of the Bible for a specific course.
The seminary will teach, and the student will become equipped to utilize the discipline(s) associated with the graduate portion of the program and each course in work and life.
The seminary will teach and the student will come to understand how the 7 core values of The Bible Seminary impact their program, courses, life, and future work.
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