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Accelerated Master’s Programs

You can earn a master’s degree with just one additional year of study after you complete your B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry, and we’re here to guide you through the process. Our unique accelerated master’s programs will give you the opportunity to expand upon your ministry training, preaching skills, theological knowledge and more — all in five years or less.

Here's how it works:

1. Choose from five master’s degree pathways

As a student in the B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry program, you’ll choose a concentration at the beginning of your program. You can finish your bachelor’s degree with any of our three concentrations, but there are also accelerated master’s degree opportunities with each concentration:

Bachelor’s Degree Concentrations:

Bible and Theology

Accelerated Master’s Degree Pathway:

Bible, Theology and Biblical Languages

Accelerated Master’s Degree Pathways:

Christian Ministries

Accelerated Master’s Degree Pathway:

2. Prepare for your specific calling

Each of our accelerated master’s degree pathways are designed to supplement your undergraduate education with training at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology. In place of electives in the bachelor’s program, you’ll take a year’s worth of master-level courses while earning your bachelor’s degree (leaving only one year left to complete in a 2-year master’s degree).

You’ll grow personally as you interact with experienced pastors and professors, and will also deepen your understanding of God’s calling on your life. Each concentration and accelerated master’s degree pathway aims to train you in the following ways:

Bible and Theology Pathway — For Disciplers

Equipping students to witness to the truth of God’s Word and train disciples (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

This master’s degree track does not require Hebrew or Greek, and can be completed with one extra year of study at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Accelerated Master's Degree Pathway:

Bible, Theology and Biblical Languages Pathways — For Pastors and Teachers

Equipping students to witness to the truth of God’s Word and train disciples (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

This master’s degree track does not require Hebrew or Greek, and can be completed with one extra year of study at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Accelerated Master's Degree Pathways:

Christian Ministries Pathway — For Leaders

Equipping students to lead movements of God (2 Timothy 2:2)

This master’s degree track does not require Hebrew or Greek, and can be completed with one extra year of study (or less) at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Accelerated Master's Degree Pathway:


    3. Finish in five years — or less

    Our accelerated master’s degrees are structured to help you successfully earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years or less. See our process below to see how the program progresses each year:

    • Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Years

      You will take the standard courses in the B.A. in Bible, Theology and Ministry program. At the end of your junior year, you will apply and be admitted to the appropriate Talbot master’s program.

    • Senior Year

      You will take both undergraduate classes along with graduate classes in your selected concentration. If you successfully complete the requirements of the concentration for the first three years, you begin taking seminary classes in your senior year. At the end of your senior year, you can earn your B.A., and you will be well on the way toward your M.A. degree. Students who decide not to continue on to graduate studies will graduate with a B.A. in Bible, Theology and Ministry, and no credits will be lost or wasted.

    • Fifth Year

      You will complete your master’s degree at Talbot School of Theology.

    • Program Requirements

      In order to continue in the accelerated master’s degree program, students must:

      • Be involved in some form of Christian service and have a sense of call or desire to pursue ministry.
      • Maintain adequate involvement in the program's co-curricular mentoring and spiritual formation activities.
      • Apply and be admitted to the appropriate Talbot master’s program at the end of junior year.
      • Earn grades of B or higher in all classes that will be used as advanced standing for the M.A. Failure to get a B or higher in one of these classes will result in the student not receiving advanced standing for that class upon entry into the M.A.
    • How to Finish in Less than Five Years

      Our accelerated master’s programs are structured so you’ll be able to finish both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. However, you can reduce the length of the program by taking courses during the summer or applying other course credits.

      Taking courses over just two summers can help you finish your accelerated master’s degree in a total of four years (3 years for your bachelor’s degree, 1 year for your master’s degree).

      If you have additional questions about the structure and timeline of your program, or want to learn more about how summer courses can help you complete your accelerated master’s degree in as little as four years, contact btm@biola.edu.

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