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College of Christian Studies to offer accelerated Master of Divinity program

Anderson University will launch a new blended Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) program that will allow students to save one to two years off the normal time required to earn both degrees.

The Master of Divinity is the standard theological degree offered by most seminaries and divinity schools in the U.S. It is typically a three-year program, which follows four years of undergraduate study.

"The blended BA/MDiv will allow a strong student to apply 30 hours of his or her undergraduate biblical, theological and ministry courses toward the MDiv program," according to Dr. Michael Duduit, Dean of AU's College of Christian Studies. "This will leave them just 45 hours to complete the second degree, saving students time and money in preparing for ministry."

The University's Board of Trust approved the Advanced Standing MDiv at their February 21 meeting. The program awaits final approval from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Pending approval, the University plans to launch the program in the fall 2014 semester.

In addition to the blended BA/MDiv, the College of Christian Studies will also offer a traditional 75-hour MDiv degree for persons who already have an undergraduate degree. AU will continue to offer the 42-hour Master of Ministry (MMin) degree, an accelerated program designed for persons who are already employed and need a streamlined graduate ministry degree.

The Advanced Standing MDiv is the newest offering in AU's College of Christian Studies, which also offers traditional undergraduate degrees – including concentrations in youth ministry, pastoral ministry, missions, preaching and biblical studies – plus the MMin and the Doctor of Ministry degree.

For additional information on any of the college's degree programs, email or call (864) 328-1809.

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