Published December 23, 2019 in News
The upcoming spring semester brings new opportunities for students around the globe who are interested in accelerated programs and doctoral coursework with Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University.
New Online Accelerated Program
A new Accelerated Master of Divinity program is now attainable completely online. In just five years, students can earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Divinity degree. Students can choose to study on the university’s Clarks Summit campus, or they can complete the degree entirely online. These students engage in both undergraduate and seminary academics, combined with real work experience through this powerful and accessible option. This is the first completely online accelerated degree CSU has offered, joining the on-campus Accelerated Master of Divinity and the on-campus Accelerated Master of Counseling.
Students will choose a pastoral or general ministry track to gain knowledge, training and experience to make an impact in the world for Christ. This new online format allows students to take courses in whatever time and place works best for them, giving them flexibility to earn both degrees while continuing to serve in the ministries and careers that are important to them.
“My BBS education has prepared me to serve God in His church by equipping me to study and teach God’s Word and how to care for God’s people by helping them apply God’s Word to their own lives,” says Ryan McKeen, an Accelerated Master of Divinity student.
In the pastoral track, a one-year, hands-on internship will give students practical work experience in a ministry role. In the general ministry track, integrated ministry projects provide the opportunity to apply skills in planning, vision casting, teaching, leading and counseling within your local church.
“This option saves preparation, time and money, while allowing you to pursue the ministry God is leading you to sooner,” says Dr. Ken Pyne, assistant professor, seminary chaplain and director of internships. “Since coming to campus isn’t a viable option for many, the fact that you can pursue this program entirely online wherever you live is a great benefit.”
Simplified Doctoral Application
The application for doctoral study has recently been simplified. Starting for the spring 2020 semester, applicants are no longer required to complete the skills assessments as part of their application.
“This will simplify the process both to enroll and begin to advance your knowledge of God’s Word while benefiting your current ministries,” says Dr. Wayne Slusser, seminary dean and professor of New Testament and Greek. Students can now apply for the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry programs by simply submitting an application and completing an interview with the BBS acceptance committee.
Saturated with sound theology, both doctoral degrees are fully accredited and offered in web-enhanced format. Students customize their learning by selecting from multiple concentrations. Since 2000, Baptist Bible Seminary at Clarks Summit University has equipped students through a Doctor of Philosophy degree. This degree has trained students from 12 countries and six continents giving them engagement through research and writing. Those with goals to teach in higher education, work as an international academic leader or serve as a pastor with a strong teaching ministry benefit from the Ph.D. The Doctor of Ministry features three concentrations which center on building student’s professional ministry skills.
by Joanna Wyman