Grove City College is offering a one-of-a-kind Ministry degree program that will allow students to earn their undergraduate and master’s degrees in just four years.
The accelerated 3+1 program combines work on a B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies and M.A. in Ministry to prepare graduates for rewarding work in churches, missions, seminary studies, or a terminal degree in the field.
It is distinctive in the landscape of North American theological education, according to Dr. Chris Ansberry, associated professor of Biblical and Religious Studies.
In addition to the reduced time it takes to earn an advanced degree, costs are based on Grove City College’s low undergraduate tuition rate, saving students thousands and minimizing student loan debt. That value extends to the content of the program.
“The 3+1 program possesses a distinct vocational edge,” Ansberry said. “It includes mentored ministry – working with experienced church pastors – and internships across the program. The program also integrates classes in biblical and theological studies with leadership, management, finance, and entrepreneurship.”
The intensive 156-credit program covers material across biblical studies, theology, church history, and practical theology. It includes courses on Old and New Testament books as well as the doctrine of God, culture and apologetics, ethics, and entrepreneurship and the mission of the church.
“The design of the program reflects the integrated nature of vocational ministry. The program seeks to help students discern and make links between biblical and theological understanding and ministerial practice,” Ansberry said.
This program offers complete preparation for ministry, as an M.A. is sufficient for ordination in most denominations, and its ministry-focused cohort model ensures that graduates have a deep-rooted community of fellow pastors and mission workers to lean on as they enter ministry.
To complete the degree in four years requires students to complete internships and some online coursework during summer breaks. Paid internships may be available through Grove City College’s Project on Rural Ministry.
To learn more about the 3+1 Ministry program, visit gcc.edu/bibl.