Permission to Pursue an Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

Students wishing to enter an accelerated program should file a Statement of Commitment with their academic advisor. Permission to pursue the program will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours of undergraduate credit in classes required by the program unless noted otherwise (see individual degree requirements)
    • 80 semester hours of undergraduate credit are required to apply to accelerated degrees in the Graduate School of Ministry
    • 90 semester hours are required to apply to accelerated degrees in the Graduate School of Business
    • 75 semester hours are required to apply to accelerated degrees in Professional Counseling
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of filing a Statement of Commitment. The minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and institutional GPA of 3.0 in coursework comprising the major or in all teacher certification coursework criteria must be maintained to continue in the program.
  • The Statement of Commitment and Permission to Pursue Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree must be approved and signed by both the undergraduate advisor and the Master’s program director. At that time, a new degree plan must be completed, approved, and signed by both the undergraduate advisor and the Master’s program director.
  • At the completion of 90 semester hours (80 semester hours for degrees in College of Christian Faith - to include 12 institutional hours with a 3.0 GPA) students must apply for admission to the Master’s program. Students pursuing the B.B.A. Accounting/M.B.A. Accounting must apply at the completion of 96 hours.
  • Upon acceptance into the Master’s program (after admission and completion of the specific Graduate Program requirements), students may take 5000 or 6000 level courses as prescribed by their degree plan.
  • Successful completion of PRST 3301 if pursuing a B.A.S. or B.B.S. degree.

Note: Permission to pursue an accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program does not guarantee admission to the Master’s program. All requirements for admission to the Master’s program must be met. Students may not enroll in 5000 or 6000 level courses prior to admission to the Master’s program.

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.